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Possible Presidential Pardon Scenarios


Over the weekend, one of President Donald Trump’s personal lawyers, Jay Sekulow, refused to rule out the possibility that the president would pardon his associates, or even himself, in the Russia investigation. Sekulow told ABC’s This Week: “He can pardon individuals, of course.…   continue »

A Guide to this Week’s News Coverage of Trump Jr.’s Russia Meeting


The Russia-Trump story accelerated this week as it was revealed that Don Jr.’s now infamous June 9 meeting at Trump Tower had little to do with adoptions, as he first claimed. Instead, he expected to meet a “Russian government attorney” who possibly had “very high level” and “ultra sensitive” information that could incriminate Hillary Clinton and that was “part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr.  continue »

The Call is Coming from Inside the House — Homegrown Extremism is Here


Much of our nation’s focus on preventing terrorist attacks has been on our borders, but, in fact, violent extremists are already here. It is like those old horror movies, where the climax begins with the line, “The call is coming from inside the house!” While border security is an important issue, we can’t ignore the threat that lies within.…   continue »

DNC Hack Victims Sue Trump Campaign and Roger Stone

On Wednesday, three victims of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) cybertheft and subsequent document release by WikiLeaks filed a federal lawsuit against Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. and Roger Stone. While there are many hurdles to be cleared, this litigation could eventually become a vehicle for discovery of documents and evidence in a judicial proceeding driven by private litigants.…   continue »

The Trump Administration Provides One More Reason to Discontinue CVE


In a post last week, Steve Weine celebrated the fact that the Obama administration’s countering violent extremism (CVE) program was still alive. In his view, “national security pragmatists,” by preserving funding for CVE, won an important battle against folks like Sebastian Gorka, an adviser to President Donald Trump who views the program as simply an exercise in political correctness.  continue »

Just Security’s Reading List for Trump Jr.’s Meeting With the Russian Lawyer

Not Just a Personal Problem for Trump Jr.–Now Trouble for the Trump Campaign and Trump Sr. by Bob Bauer

The Media Is Not Asking the Right Questions on Trump Jr. Emails and Meeting with the “Russian Government Lawyer”  by Rolf Mowatt-Larssen and Ryan Goodman

As Collusion Evidence Emerges, Obstruction Allegations Begin To Look More Damaging by Alex Whiting

Open Door to Moscow?  continue »

Exclusive: Trump’s Trolls Are Waging War on America’s Civil Servants


On June 11, alt-right blogger Mike Cernovich published an article attacking an assistant to National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster, claiming the previously low-profile civil servant wanted to “sabotage” President Donald Trump.

The piece described Eric Ciaramella as “pro-Ukraine and anti-Russia” and alleged, with no evidence, that he was possibly responsible for high-level leaks.…   continue »

The Supreme Court’s Decision to Hear Travel Ban Cases Does Not Bode Well for Civil Liberties

On June 26, the Supreme Court announced it would hear two cases challenging President Donald Trump’s Muslim Ban. The Court’s decision to hear these matters should surprise no one. Both cases, decided by the 9th and 4th Circuits, not only involve important and novel legal issues (the Supreme Court is a sucker for those), but are of substantial social and political importance.…   continue »