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Rational Security on The E.R.: The “Million Dollars in Rugs” Edition

Sure, Manafort got indicted. But the real question is how did he spend so much on rugs?

This week on Rational Security, we discuss Paul Manafort and his affinity for expensive rugs.
This week on Rational Security, we discuss Paul Manafort and his affinity for expensive rugs.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller unveils the first indictments in his sprawling investigation — and a surprise plea agreement. We talk about the significance of his moves and where the investigation might be heading next. And New York experiences the deadliest act of terrorism since the 9/11 attacks. Plus, Shane has hired new security guards. Is Susan wearing a wire? And I add some new cannons to the family.

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. Follow him on Twitter at: @benjaminwittes.

Susan Hennessey is managing editor of Lawfare and general counsel of the Lawfare Institute. She is a Brookings fellow in national security law. Prior to joining Brookings, she was an attorney in the Office of General Counsel of the National Security Agency. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School and the University of California, Los Angeles. Follow her on Twitter: @Susan_Hennessey.

Shane Harris is the host of Rational Security and a senior writer on national security at the Wall Street Journal. Follow him on Twitter: @shaneharris.

Tamara Cofman Wittes is a senior fellow and director of the Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution, a contributor to Foreign Policy’s Shadow Government blog and a co-host of Rational Security. Wittes served as the deputy assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs from 2009 to 2012. She also oversaw the Middle East Partnership Initiative and served as the deputy special coordinator for Middle East transitions, organizing the U.S. government’s response to the Arab awakening. She is the author of Freedom’s Unsteady March: America’s Role in Building Arab Democracy and edited How Israelis and Palestinians Negotiate: A Cross-Cultural Analysis of the Oslo Peace Process. She serves on the board of the National Democratic Institute. Follow her on Twitter: @tcwittes.

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Benjamin Wittes is editor in chief of Lawfare.

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