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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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North Korea’s missile launch fizzles, but the ripples spread far and wide. CIA Director Mike Pompeo calls WikiLeaks a hostile intelligence service. And does the Globalist/Nationalist war in the White House really matter in the absence of a coherent foreign policy? Plus, Susan has been blocked by Dr. Gorka. Tamara remembers the Oklahoma City bombing. And Shane knows if you’re lying.
The people at the Justice Department's National Security Division are not the sort of people who grossly mischaracterize facts in order to make political points. I think the President lied about what Justice Department data shows about the national origin of terrorism convicts.
Former Trump adviser Carter Page is reportedly the target of a FISA warrant. The U.S. launches a cruise missile strike in Syria, and maybe sends a not so subtle signal to China on North Korea. And is the Trump administration’s foreign policy “unpredictable” by design, or just incoherent?
The next in our series of book soirees at the Hoover Institution will take place from 5-7 pm on Tuesday, April 18. The event will be a panel discussion featuring Ben, Ralf Poscher, and Russell Miller (editor) on their contributions to a new volume of essays titled Privacy & Power: A Transatlantic Dialogue in the Shadow of the NSA-Affair.
It has become a kind of mantra in the defense of Donald Trump on matters related to L’Affaire Russe that there’s no evidence of “collusion” between the Trump campaign and the Russian active measures operation. But this defense is erroneous.
Author's Note: This essay is in memory of former Atlantic editor and Washington Post columnist Michael Kelly, who once wrote a column by this name and in this form about a prior president.
I believe the President. I have always believed him.