June 7, 2017

Trump to nominate Christopher Wray as FBI director

On Wednesday, President Donald Trump announced on Twitter that he would nominate Christopher A. Wray as the next director of the FBI. Trump’s tweet said more details about the nomination would follow. The nomination will have to be confirmed by the Senate to take effect. Wray is currently a criminal defense attorney and partner at […]

June 6, 2017

Questioning a key assumption in Trump’s executive order

On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) filed an appeal petition with the U.S. Supreme Court challenging an appellate court decision on President Trump’s executive order pertaining to travel restrictions. The order would prohibit for 90 days the entry of people from six Muslim-majority countries who do not already hold visas, while the government […]

June 1, 2017

Trump says US to withdraw from Paris climate agreement

U.S. President Donald Trump announced on Thursday that he would withdraw his country from the Paris Agreement on climate change. Trump said the U.S. would immediately “cease all implementation of the nonbinding Paris accord,” adding that it would “begin negotiations to re-enter either the Paris accord or an entirely new transaction on terms that are […]

May 28, 2017

A question left unasked: Jared Kushner and the ‘secure line’

The Washington Post reported on Friday that, according to unnamed officials briefed on intelligence reports, senior White House adviser Jared Kushner proposed in December that Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak set up a secure communications channel between then-President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team and the Russian government. Kushner, who is Trump’s son-in-law, was a private citizen at […]

May 18, 2017

Trial by media: Coverage of Trump, Mueller & Russia

On Wednesday, the U.S. Justice Department appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as Special Counsel to oversee the independent investigation into alleged Russian attempts to influence the 2016 presidential election, and alleged coordination between Trump’s presidential campaign and Russian officials. The White House issued a statement following the appointment on Wednesday, in which Trump is […]

May 17, 2017

Trump on Iran sanctions: Treading a fine line between accountability and dishonor

On Wednesday, the U.S. State and Treasury Departments made announcements related to sanctions imposed on Iran. The State Department announced that waivers on nuclear-related sanctions, granted as part of the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), would be extended. The Treasury Department announced it issued new non-nuclear sanctions against Iran. In its statement, the […]

May 17, 2017

The court of public opinion: Trump, Comey and the memo

On Tuesday, The New York Times reported that former FBI Director James Comey had written a two page memo detailing a meeting he had with President Donald Trump on Feb. 14. The newspaper reported that the alleged memo quotes Trump as telling Comey, “I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, […]

May 10, 2017

Implying a motive: Trump’s dismissal of FBI Director Comey

President Donald Trump dismissed FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday, effective immediately. The letter of dismissal, released to the media by the White House, stated the decision was made on the recommendation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe will be acting director until a permanent […]