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The original Rum Bunch is back and talking about protests in Hong Kong and oppression in Xinjiang. In this China-focused episode, our band of former Hill staffers discuss what makes these two very important challenges to American values distinct, why the president and Congress treat them very differently, and how the U.S. Republican and Democratic parties see the democracy protests in Hong Kong and China's repression of its own people in Xinjiang Province in basically the same way. This week features regular Fault Lines foreign policy experts—Jodi Herman, former Democratic Staff Director for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; Dana Stroul, former senior professional staff member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; and moderator L.
Welcome back to the National Security Law Podcast! This week we discuss:. The two Articles of Impeachment. The Inspector General’s Report on the origins and conduct of the FBI’s investigation into Russian election interference. Amazon’s lawsuit arguing that President Trump improperly influenced the DOD cloud contract bid selection. The NDAA and the legal framework for the Defense Department to conduct (and counter) grey zone information operations. The investigative report on persistent overstatement of success in Afghanistan. The attempt to Dzokhar Tsarnaev to make a claim for juror/prosecutor bias in the Bostom Marathon bombing case. The decision to suspend the process of designating 1 or more Mexican drug cartels as Foreign Terrorist Organizati.
Despite the conclusion of Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz that the FBI’s initiation of the Russia probe met legal standards, the issued Monday by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) strongly criticized the FBI’s handling of one aspect of the probe: the request for a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) wiretap of ex-Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page and subsequent renewals of the FISA.
The House Judiciary Committee is holding a markup of H. Res. 755, the draft articles of impeachment against President Donald J. Trump. The Committee voted against an effort to remove the abuse of power article,. the Times. Lawfare is providing a livestream of the session. . As the U.S. and China work toward a new trade deal, the U.S. has offered to cut existing tariffs by as much as 50 percent, the Journal. . American negotiators have also offered to cancel a new round of tariffs set to take effect this Sunday. Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper cautioned that a Turkish plan to settle refugees in areas formerly controlled by once-U.S. backed Syrian Kurdish forces will cause “turmoil” in the region, the Post. . One of the suspects in a Jersey City
Editor’s Note: The article originally appeared on . This month marks a very important anniversary in the struggle against terrorism. On December 30, 2009, al-Qaeda scored perhaps its greatest success ever against the Central Intelligence Agency and its Jordanian partner service. A triple agent blew himself up at Forward Operating Base Chapman—a U.S. military base in Khost, Afghanistan—killing seven CIA officers and one Jordanian officer. It was the second-worst day in terms of casualties in the agency’s history, exceeded only by the attack on the U.S. embassy in Beirut in 1983. There is still unfinished business from Khost. The bomber was a Palestinian whose family had been become refugees in the 1948 Arab-Israeli war, leaving Beersheva and.
Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee to discuss his recently report on the Russia investigation. The hearing was contentious and occasionally devolved into speechify-ing. But we cut out all the unnecessary repetition and theatrics to leave you with just the questions and answers that you need to hear.
On Tuesday, Dec. 10, the House of Representatives released against President Donald Trump. Article I charges that the president abused his power by engaging in a wide-ranging scheme to solicit foreign interference from the Ukrainian government in the form of politically motivated and advantageous investigations. It further charges that Trump conditioned official acts—specifically, the release of military aid and a White House meeting—on Ukraine publicly announcing those investigations. Article II charges that the president has obstructed Congress by directing executive branch officials to refuse to produce documents and testimony in response to congressional subpoenas. Yesterday, we the strategic choices underlying the articles. Time will t.
Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz is testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday about his new report on the FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane investigation, the Washington Post. Lawfare is livestreaming the hearing . On Tuesday, President Trump met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in the White House, the Post. At a press conference, Trump said he warned Lavrov not to interfere in U.S. elections, but Lavrov later suggested this issue was only raised during a separate meeting with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. A shooting in Jersey City left 4 dead, including one police officer, the New York Times . The two assailants, who were killed in a shoot-out with police, appeared to target a Kosher supermarke.
In the movie “The Report,” Adam Driver portrays Senate investigator Daniel Jones in his endeavor to document and expose the history of the CIA’s use of enhanced interrogation techniques (EITs) in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks. The efforts of Jones and his colleagues resulted in the so-called “,” which was released by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) in December 2014. “The Report” is garnering positive reviews and Oscar buzz for Driver, and it is receiving widespread acclaim in the human rights community. As a CIA attorney who experienced many of the events depicted in the second half of the movie, however, I can attest that “The Report” contains numerous distortions and outright fabrications about how the CIA acted towa.
As the country’s attention has turned to the ongoing impeachment proceedings, a series of lawsuits in which President Trump and his administration assert broad claims of executive privilege have continued to progress through the court system. Some of these cases could have immediate consequences for the records and witnesses available to Congress for impeachment, while others could reveal financial information on Trump in the lead-up to the 2020 election. But keeping track of all of these cases can be a struggle, which is why we gathered just the essential procedural facts here. We focused on cases in which government officials seek information regarding Trump and divided them into three categories: Trump’s financial records and tax returns.
Fearful of the potential for unlimited, arbitrary or tyrannical exercise of power by an unprincipled president, the Constitution’s authors allowed Congress to remove a president before the completion of his term if a sufficient number of lawmakers concluded that the president had committed "Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.".
In recent years, Congress has been building a domestic legal framework for grey zone competition (that is, the spectrum of unfriendly actions that states may undertake against one another, surreptitiously, that are below the threshold of actual hostilities yet more serious and disruptive than the ordinary jostling of international affairs) for military operations conducted in the cyber domain.
The draft articles of impeachment released on Dec. 10 by House Democrats reflect a series of careful and intentional strategic choices. First, the document is short—just over eight pages. It contains only two articles of impeachment: one on abuse of power, and one on obstruction of Congress. It uses no Latin terms. It has no footnotes. It is written in clear language, without lawyerly turns of phrase or technicalities. It is designed to tell a straightforward story in terms that are easy to understand. It is, in short, a document meant to be readable by Americans, not just by lawyers. If read as one would read a criminal indictment, the document’s brevity might seem strange. But that’s not the point. The point, rather, is to tell a story th.
On Tuesday, Dec. 3, shortly before the House Intelligence Committee released its majority report on the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee into session a hearing on the future of the U.S.-Russia relationship. In a saner and more forgiving news cycle, the hearing—which featured testimony from , the undersecretary of state for political affairs, and , the assistant secretary of state for international security and nonproliferation—might have drawn significant attention.
House Democrats released draft articles of impeachment against President Trump, stating that he “ignored and injured the interests of the Nation,” the New York Times. The resolution from the Judiciary Committee two articles: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. On Tuesday morning, President Trump criticized FBI Director Christopher Wray for the director’s comments on the report from the Justice Department Inspector General, the Washington Post. Trump that Wray “will never be able to fix the FBI.”Congressional Democrats and the White House are nearing an agreement to vote on the revised United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, to the Times. The revised version of the North American free trade deal has additional labor and enforcement p.

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