FBI Director James Comey says the idea he could have swayed the presidential election makes him “mildly nauseous.” President Trump is reaching out to autocrats and adversaries. Is it paying off? And the NSA reins in some of its surveillance operations. Plus, Shane was walking the red (purple) carpet with the glamorous co-hosts of Rational Security. Quinta directs your attention to a new Lawfare resource page on the Russia Connection. And Susan’s throne has been restored to its rightful place.
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Mike Flynn is back in hot water over money he took from foreign sources. The Senate Intelligence Committee is beefing up for a long investigation of Russian meddling in the election. And FBI Director Jim Comey is back in the spotlight again this week amid questions of how he handled the Clinton and Trump investigations. Plus, a most excellent listener sends us a most excellent present. And Quinta contemplates the president’s two Twitter accounts.
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.
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?
At the Third Triple Entente Beer Summit, the usual Rational Security gang joins up with Stewart Baker and Michael Vatis of the Steptoe Cyberlaw Podcast.
Devin Nunes throws a wrench into the House Intelligence Committee’s Russia investigation. But the Senate investigation hasn’t come off the rails. And should countries declare certain kinds of cyber attacks off limits?
FBI Director James Comey makes it official: There is an investigation into Trump links to Russia. The top Democrat in the House investigating the Russian hacks makes a plea for civic virtue. And is Donald Trump his own worst enemy or his best defender?
The Trump administration expands operations against ISIS and al Qaeda. The administration wants to shrink the budget for the State Department. And what do personnel moves tell us about who’s in charge of the national security apparatus?
Donald Trump accuses Barack Obama of tapping his phones, and all hell breaks loose. WikiLeaks releases thousands of pages of information on CIA hacking tools. And North Korea launches missiles that may or may not have been hacked by the NSA.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is under fire for his conversations with the Russian ambassador to the United States, while the Trump administration tries to deflect attention on Russia investigations. Is it time to appoint a special prosecutor to look into President Trump’s potential links to Russia? And the U.S. carries out new airstrikes in Yemen, while questions linger over a recent raid against Al Qaeda.