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Rational Security on the E.R.: The “When You’re President They Let You Do It” Edition

From possibly obstructing justice to keeping his finances under wraps, President Trump is giving new meaning to “when you’re a star, they let you do it.”

Robert Mueller gets hold of emails from the presidential transition. The Pentagon has been researching sightings of UFOs. And a U.S. citizen is being held as an enemy combatant in Iraq. It’s been a wild week before Christmas.
Robert Mueller gets hold of emails from the presidential transition. The Pentagon has been researching sightings of UFOs. And a U.S. citizen is being held as an enemy combatant in Iraq. It’s been a wild week before Christmas.

Michael Flynn is cooperating with Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, and President Trump raises questions about whether he sought to obstruct justice. Deutsche Bank has been told to hand over information about Trump-related finances. And the U.S. national security advisor tries to make the president into a modern-day Ronald Reagan. Plus, Susan highlights a thoughtful discussion on women in national security. And Shane is taking Kim Jong Un … rationally.

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: @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 the 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 Spring. 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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