Pres. Donald Trump seated at his desk in the Oval Office in December 2018.

Pres. Donald Trump seated at his desk in the Oval Office in December 2018.

Over the weekend some big news dropped about John Bolton, President Trump’s former national security adviser.

According to a leaked book manuscript, Bolton claims that Trump, himself, said he would continue to hold military aid to Ukraine until that country’s government launched investigations into the Democrats, including the Bidens.

This, of course, bolsters the Democrats’ impeachment case that the president used the power of his office for his own political gain.

In a new book, Benjamin Wittes and Susan Hennessey of the blog Lawfare, argue putting personal interest above national interest is the defining characteristic of Donald Trump’s presidency. And, they say, his behavior is transforming the office, itself.

Their book is called “Unmaking the Presidency: Donald Trump’s War on the World’s Most Powerful Office.”

Guests

  • Benjamin Wittes Co-author of "Unmaking The Presidency"; senior fellow in governance studies, Brookings Institution; editor-in-chief, Lawfare
  • Susan Hennessey Co-author of "Unmaking The Presidency"; senior fellow in National Security Law, The Brookings Institution; executive editor, Lawfare

Related Links

Topics + Tags

Comments

comments powered by Disqus
Most Recent Shows

How Safe Are Our Voting Systems?

Tuesday, Feb 18 2020Diane talks with Rick Hasen, a law professor and expert on election administration. His new book is "Election Meltdown: Dirty Tricks, Distrust, and the Threat to American Democracy."

Impeachment Is Over. What Now?

Friday, Feb 07 2020Norman Ornstein joins Diane to give his thoughts on what we learned from the impeachment process, and what it might mean moving forward as the 2020 election season heats up.