Who’s the secret tattle-seeker? General Martin Dempsey, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
General Martin Dempsey, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Photograph: Suzanne Cordeiro/AFP/Getty Images
Who was the general who butted heads with President Obama? General Martin Dempsey, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who annoyed the White House by appearing to dismiss the importance of a coup against the Iraqi prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki. The White House was alarmed by Dempsey’s claim that Maliki’s Iraq was in “free fall”. The president threatened to fire the general.
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Why did Trump just fire his acting FBI director, Andrew McCabe? The president indicated that McCabe’s impartiality was in doubt. McCabe, by the way, has come under intense scrutiny in a leaked Justice Department memo for what prosecutors apparently said was a campaign to smear Trump’s presidential rival Hillary Clinton. The director of the FBI and the deputy director have to declare their political beliefs, so why is McCabe allowed to defy the rule?
Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s choice for the supreme court, was head of the George W Bush administration’s Office of Legal Counsel under his father, President George H.W. Bush. Trump named him as a nominee for the supreme court, which will play a crucial role in his presidency. The younger Bush and Kavanaugh agreed a cautious approach to the law. According to a judge on the US Court of Appeals for the DC circuit, Kavanaugh said in his 1997 confirmation hearing that “the way to get a judge to interpret the law properly is to ask the right questions and find out what the judge thinks the law is”.