Tuesday August 29 @7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
For the first time in 20 years, a US president is facing an investigation by a special counsel for potentially impeachable crimes, including obstruction of justice and collusion with a foreign adversary. Benjamin Wittes, a senior fellow in Governance Studies at The Brookings Institution and co-founder and editor-in-chief of the Lawfare blog, will explain the constitutional issues at stake in the investigation of President Trump, the potential outcomes and the consequences for American democracy.
Barbara Slavin, director of the Future of Iran Initiative at the Atlantic Council and director of programs at ISHDC, will moderate the discussion.
In addition to his positions at Brookings and Lawfare, Wittes is a member of the Hoover Institution’s Task Force on National Security and Law. Between 1997 and 2006, he served as an editorial writer for The Washington Post specializing in legal affairs. Before joining the editorial page staff of The Washington Post, Wittes covered the Justice Department and federal regulatory agencies as a reporter and news editor at Legal Times. His writing has also appeared in a wide range of journals and magazines including The Atlantic, Slate, The New Republic, The Wilson Quarterly, The Weekly Standard, Policy Review, and First Things.
He is the author of Detention and Denial: The Case for Candor After Guantanamo, published in November 2011, co-editor of Constitution 3.0: Freedom and Technological Change, published in December 2011, and editor of Campaign 2012: Twelve Independent Ideas for Improving American Public Policy (Brookings Institution Press, May 2012). He is also writing a book on data and technology proliferation and their implications for security. He is the author of Law and the Long War: The Future of Justice in the Age of Terror, published in June 2008 by The Penguin Press, and the editor of the 2009 Brookings book, Legislating the War on Terror: An Agenda for Reform.
His previous books include Starr: A Reassessment, published in 2002 by Yale University Press, and Confirmation Wars: Preserving Independent Courts in Angry Times, published in 2006 by Rowman & Littlefield and the Hoover Institution.
Benjamin Wittes was born in Boston, Massachusetts. He graduated from Oberlin College in 1990, and he has a black belt in taekwondo.
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