President Donald J. Trump, protected from criminal charges while in office, is now facing the prospect of indictment when he becomes a private citizen.
The foundations of American national security are under assault. The battle lines are drawn. On one side stand the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Central Intelligence Agency, the National Security Agency. On the other: the commander-in-chief of the United States.
The Senate’s confirmation hearing for Gina Haspel to be director of the Central Intelligence Agency will be the last chance for the United States to confront its history of torturing terrorist suspects.
When we look back on the Age of Trump, we’ll remember a vivid chapter from James Comey’s new book. The FBI director is seized by “the strangest feeling” upon meeting the president-elect in the gilded palace he called home. He looks at the Donald and he sees a Mafia don.
We stand confronted - as former Senator Bob Dole said after seeing ex-Presidents Ford, Carter, and Nixon standing together at the funeral of the Egyptian leader Anwar Sadat - with Hear no Evil, Speak no Evil, and Evil.
A smoking gun is extraordinarily rare evidence. Think about it: the gun has been fired, the smoke is curling from the barrel, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation can see the traces. But James B. Comey, dismissed as FBI director by President Trump a month ago, delivered one in his Senate testimony Thursday. It may prove injurious – possibly fatal – to the political fortunes of the Trump administration.
The first tweets came at 7:03 a.m. Tuesday: Sure, he’d shared secrets with the Russians, the president wrote. Then another: “I have been asking Director Comey & others, from the beginning of my administration, to find the LEAKERS in the intelligence community.....”
Our commander-in-chief has made a serious miscalculation. He seems to think the U.S. government is like a reality television show he once ran, where you get great results and top-flight ratings by firing people.
［９日 ロイター］ - サリー・イエーツ前米司法長官代行が８日に行ったような、ロシア政府が米国に及ぼす影響についての証言を、米議会が最後に聞いたのは、７０年前のことだ。
It’s been 70 years since Congress has heard testimony about the Kremlin’s influence on America akin to what former acting Attorney General Sally Yates just delivered. You’d have to go back to March 1947, when J. Edgar Hoover charged that Moscow was burrowing into the pillars of the U.S. government – and that President Harry Truman was failing to take the threat seriously.