The message being sent to civil servants: Tread very carefully if you plan to take any actions that come anywhere near the Russia-Trump nexus again.
Kate BrannenBarr/Durham investigation sending clear message to civil servants:
Tread very carefully if you plan to take any actions that come anywhere near the Russia-Trump nexus again.
@alexzfinley for @just_security
The Pentagon warned the White House over the summer that if the Ukraine funding wasn’t released by August 6, DoD would be at risk of violating the law.
Kate BrannenExclusive: In a late July meeting, the Pentagon told the White House: If you don't release the Ukraine money by August 6, we will be at risk of violating the law.
The White House ignored the warning.
Me for @just_security
Kate BrannenDefying a Pentagon directive not to testify and outlasting the SCIF stunt, Laura Cooper — the deputy assistant secretary of defense for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia — testified for more than three hours yesterday.
Marshall Billingslea involvement in Bush-era torture should be disqualifying.
Kate BrannenTrump has picked Marshall Billingslea, a senior DOD official during the Bush admin who advocated for torture techniques to be used, to be undersecretary of State for civilian security, democracy and human rights.
@RobBerschinski & @BenjaminEHaas w/ more
Trump’s nominee for Director of National Intelligence will likely be required to provide confidential intelligence briefings to Trump’s political opponents.
Kate BrannenWill Trump continue the tradition of authorizing intel briefings for his political opponent?
What if they reveal that our adversaries are interfering in the election to help Trump?
Important Qs from @NatSecMulligan
"The President and senior members of his administration are trying to skew a critical public debate by framing it inaccurately. The stakes—including a potential new war in the Middle East—couldn’t be higher."
International research cooperation with Chinese government scientists has contributed to the effort to racially distinguish Han Chinese from Uyghurs.
Kate BrannenYou've been warned:
International research cooperation with Chinese government researchers has contributed to building the capacity to engage in racial differentiating genetic testing.
President Donald Trump believes next month's historic summit with Kim Jong Un could end the decades-old threat of North Korea's nuclear program.
Kate BrannenReading about the evacuation of non-essential staff from Iraq brought to mind the story that Trump wanted to evacuate the families of U.S. military personnel from South Korea last year.