Reflections on the former FBI director’s book, leadership—and no-win situations.
Benjamin Wittes is editor in chief of Lawfare and a Senior Fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution. He is the author of several books and is co-chair of the Hoover Institution's Working Group on National Security, Technology, and Law.
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Susan is back with a hilarious story about how Devin Nunes sent her blood pressure soaring—and sent her into the delivery room. Robert Mueller tells the president’s lawyers that Donald Trump is the subject of a criminal investigation. Trump vows to pull the military out of Syria. And American troops may be heading to the US border with Mexico. Plus, Shane asks you to join him for a book discussion. And I am upping the Rational Security drinking game.
Like Goldilocks in search of porridge, the President can’t seem to find the lawyer who’s just right. The U.S. expels Russian diplomats, but Trump continues to hold his fire against Putin. And Mark Zuckerberg prepares to testify before Congress over Facebook’s role in Russian election interference. Plus, I confess to violating Twitter’s terms of service—and grudgingly bring myself into compliance. Danielle is excited for a new book on privacy. And Tamara is psyched for Madeline Albright’s new book.
Our intrepid host was off this week in an undisclosed location, doing his reporting thing, and snow closed the Jungle Studio and delayed the podcast for a day. But we reconvened with special guest Quinta Jurecic on Thursday, and Tamara valiantly stepped in to helm the podcast in Shane's absence.