Foreign Policy warns us that the Trump national security team continues to be “missing in action” on the eve of the inauguration. The lack of key deputies may hobble the new administration’s response to emergency situations as posts remain empty throughout the National Security Council and the Departments of Defense, State, and Homeland Security.
Quinta Jurecic is a research assistant at the Brookings Institution, where she focuses on national security law and policy. She was previously a National Security Intern at Brookings. She graduated from Wesleyan University in 2015, where she completed an honors thesis on moral theories of political leadership and drone warfare under the Obama administration.
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The New York Times reports that President Obama has commuted the bulk of Chelsea Manning’s sentence. Manning, who was set to serve a 35-year-sentence for leaking military and diplomatic documents to Wikileaks while she was in the Army, will be released on May 17th of this year.
In an interview with The Times of London and the German newspaper Bild a week before his inauguration, President-elect Donald Trump
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Several points on the recently released cache of memos alleging communication between the Trump campaign and Russian officials and the possession by the Russian government of highly compromising material against Trump.
Senator Jeff Sessions, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for Attorney General, stated at his confirmation hearing that waterboarding is “absolutely” prohibited by law, The New York Times writes.
The Senate Intelligence Committee is currently holding an open hearing on "Russian Intelligence Activities," featuring testimony by DNI James Clapper, CIA Director John Brennan, NSA Director Admiral Michael Rogers, and FBI Director James Comey. Video of the hearing is available here.