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Dissenting from Within the Trump Administration

After the presidential election, many of those who were already working in government or who were considering joining began to ask questions about the ethics of working for a Trump Administration. One of us argued in a Just Security post that those working in the federal government should stay, even if they oppose the policies articulated by Trump during the campaign, and that students should not automatically write off applying to enter the bureaucracy.  …   continue »

5 Best and 5 Worst Moments from the Week’s Confirmation Hearings on US National Security Issues


The week of confirmation hearings is over, and it’s time to take stock of what we have learned from the people the President-elect has nominated to lead his administration in areas of national security. On many of Mr. Trump’s most troubling campaign promises (especially in the national security sphere), the nominees disagreed with their new boss.  continue »

The President-Elect and the Logan Act

The Washington Post‘s David Ignatius has a really thoughtful new column summarizing the big questions surrounding the President-Elect, Russia, hacking, and the election. As part of one of the four questions (“why on this night…”), Ignatius wonders if the various contacts between Trump subordinates and the Russian government (especially conversations between General Flynn and the Russian Ambassador to the United States) violated the Logan Act — a 1799 (what we in the legal business call “old”) statute that makes it a crime if a U.S.…   continue »

Questions for Journalists to Ask Trump About the Unsubstantiated Allegations of Russian Connections


Wednesday’s press conference will offer President-elect Donald Trump the opportunity to address the shocking allegations concerning his presidential campaign’s possible connections to the Russian government and any leverage Russia may have over him personally. If any of the core allegations are true, it would obviously be deeply troubling for our republic.  continue »

Questions for Confirmation Hearings for Gen. James Mattis as Secretary of Defense

Retired Gen. James Mattis, President-elect Donald Trump’s choice to be defense secretary, will appear before the Senate Armed Services Committee Thursday at 9:30 a.m. Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kansas), Trump’s pick to lead the CIA, was set to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday, but his hearing was moved to Thursday.  continue »