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Former Prosecutor Renato Mariotti’s Tweet Threads on National Security (Nov. 10-17)


Here is an exposition and analysis of some of this week’s national security-related threads authored by Just Security Editorial Board member and former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti.


Trump Policy Preference for Rolling Back Russia Sanctions and Mueller’s Investigation

Renato responds in this thread to President Trump’s recent comments describing Russia as “very, very heavily sanctioned” and emphasizing the need for getting back to “healing a world that is shattered and broken.” He notes that Trump’s comments suggest impropriety, given the ongoing investigation and controversy into Trump-Russia ties.…   continue »

Trump’s Tweets and Witness Tampering–Where to Draw the Line


Discussion of Donald Trump’s possible criminal wrongdoing since assuming the presidency has focused most intensely on classical obstruction of justice. Those matters involve whether the president impeding investigations into Michael Flynn and Russian election interference, and are reportedly under scrutiny by special counsel Robert Mueller and the Senate Judiciary Committee.  continue »

Explainer: The Special Counsel Investigation


All eyes are on Robert Mueller. In May, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed the former FBI Director as special counsel to oversee the Department of Justice’s Russia investigation. Here we explain what powers and tools he has at his disposal, what the different outcomes could be when he completes the investigation, and how his work fits in with the other inquiries into Russian interference in the 2016 election.  continue »

Why There’s No Basis to Think Rod Rosenstein Will Recuse


Some commentators are already speculating what Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand will or should do when she becomes Acting Attorney General for purposes of the Russia investigation . . . based upon an apparent assumption that Rod Rosenstein will soon recuse himself from being the nominal supervisor of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.…   continue »

The Other Person in the Room with Comey and Sessions


During all of the intense debate over the testimony of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, perhaps the most important statement by Sessions has gone largely overlooked. During questioning by Senator Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Sessions was asked about his meeting with former FBI Director James Comey, in which Comey expressed his concern about meeting alone with President Donald Trump.…   continue »

The Loretta Lynch “Matter” Matter Matters, But it Shouldn’t

President Donald Trump took to Twitter Tuesday morning to condemn former Attorney General Loretta Lynch for requesting special treatment for Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election.

The move follows former FBI Director James Comey’s Senate testimony last Thursday, when he made the disturbing allegation that Lynch, a Democratic political appointee, asked him to refer to the FBI probe into Clinton’s handling of classified information as a “matter” rather than an “investigation,” presumably in order to minimize the damage to her public image.  continue »