Rosenstein’s potential recusal from the Russia Investigation raises a number of important questions, including how much longer he can stay on as Deputy Attorney General and how Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand might supervise the investigation going forward as Acting Attorney General for the matter.
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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Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee about his contacts with Russia. New information shows that thirty-nine states were targeted by Russian hackers during the 2016 election. And President Trump gives the military authority to ramp the number of troops in Afghanistan. Plus, my long-time alter ego, Benjamin Sittes, makes an appearance on the show. And the gang says thanks to our super fans.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions faced questioning from the Senate Intelligence Committee today. He answered questions on his recusal, on his role in James Comey's firing, on his disputed conversation with the former FBI Director, and on his meetings with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. He also declined to answer a lot of questions about his conversations with President Trump—without an assertion of executive privilege.
We stripped out all the extraneous material, leaving just the questions and answers: no repetition, no senatorial speechifying.
President Trump's choice of the bomb-throwing New York corporate attorney Marc Kasowitz as his outside counsel in the Russia matter is already creating problems for the President.
If you believe that Comey is an honorable and decent human being, what does his testimony convey about the group of people in charge of what the Constitution quaintly calls “the Executive Power” of the country in which we live?
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James Comey’s seven-page written statement, released by the Senate Intelligence Committee this afternoon in connection with Comey’s impending testimony tomorrow, is the most shocking single document compiled about the official conduct of the public duties of any President since the release of the Watergate tapes.