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Russia is preparing to launch its first Russia-Africa Summit in Sochi on Oct. 24. President Vladimir Putin and the summit co-host, Egyptian leader and African Union Chairman Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, invited all of the African heads of state along with the leaders of major subregional associations and organizations. Russia almost certainly will advertise the summit as an emblem of its triumphant return to center stage in Africa. Indeed, Russian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Special Envoy for Middle Eastern and African Countries that the “Russia-Africa Summit is of crowning significance following a series of events dedicated to developing our relations.” Despite the federation’s grandiose rhetoric about renewed influence in Africa, the
The House and Senate Intelligence Committees are from the intelligence community officer who first brought to light President Trump’s call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. But requiring the whistleblower to testify is both unnecessary and unwise. The whistleblower’s testimony will almost certainly add nothing to what we already know—just as Special Counsel Mueller’s testimony added nothing substantive to his written report. The whistleblower’s is comprehensive and detailed. And as the president’s supporters repeatedly note, the whistleblower has no first-hand knowledge of the events. There seems little reason to ask the whistleblower to repeat orally what he was told by others. Moreover, by now almost everything in the whistlebl.
In 2018, the , 49 of which were committed by far-right extremists and the majority specifically perpetrated by white supremacists. In the past decade, far-right extremists were responsible for 73 percent of extremist-related murders in the U.S. The Aug. 3 shooting in El Paso took the lives of 22 people, making it the most violent white supremacist attack in 50 years. White supremacist violence is on the rise—but it is not new. Nearly 25 years ago, Timothy McVeigh used a truck bomb to destroy the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, murdering 168 people and wounding around 700 others. While McVeigh’s act was inspired by hatred of the federal government, he also took cues from white supremacist literature such as the notorious
Should American companies—the National Basketball Association (NBA), Apple, Facebook—be doing business in China? Many people appear to have strong feelings about this question, particularly after a series of controversies have erupted in the past two weeks. The first dust-up occurred when Daryl Morey, general manager of the Houston Rockets, tweeted-and-then-deleted his support for Hong Kong protestors, which led to a debate about in order not to offend the Chinese government. Meanwhile, the banned a player who brought up Hong Kong, and to pull HKMap—the police-tracking app relied on by Hong Kong protestors—from the App Store. Then Mark Zuckerberg jumped in on Oct. 17, that while Facebook might be a messy platform full of fake news and elect.
White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney of a quid pro quo by confirming that President Donald Trump in part to pressure that country into investigating Democrats. The latest University of Maryland Critical Issues Poll fielded by Nielsen Scarborough finds this could spell major trouble for the president’s public standing ahead, including among Republicans: We asked: “In general, do you believe it is an impeachable offense if the president of the United States invites foreign leaders/entities to interfere in U.S. elections?” Two thirds of respondents, including 46 percent of Republicans and 58 percent of Independents said yes. Before statement this week, the president appeared to have succeeded in persuading many, including a majority.
President Trump confirmed that Energy Secretary Rick Perry would resign by the end of the year, Politico. Trump told reporters “We already have his replacement” and added, “Rick has done a fantastic job. But it was time.” The replacement has not yet been publicly identified. George Kent, a deputy assistant secretary of state, testified on Tuesday as part of the House impeachment inquiry that he had raised concerns in 2015 about then-Vice President Joe Biden’s son being on the board of a Ukrainian energy company but was turned away by a Biden staffer, to the Washington Post. Judge Beryl Howell in the D.C. District Court wrote in an opinion that the Department of Justice had improperly redacted a portion of a document under grand secrecy prot.
Fault Lines is the fortnightly podcast of the National Security Institute at George Mason University, featuring a regular cast of foreign policy experts: Jodi Herman, former Democratic Staff Director for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; Jamil Jaffer, Founder and Executive Director of the National Security Institute and former Chief Counsel and Senior Advisor for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; Dana Stroul, former senior professional staff member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; and moderator Lester Munson, former Staff Director of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and adjunct faculty at Johns Hopkins University. This motley crew will examine national security and foreign policy issues with perspectives from acr.
Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney told reporters that President Trump blocked military aid to Ukraine in an effort to force the Ukrainian government to investigate the Biden family, the Washington Post. Mulvaney defended Trump’s action as “absolutely appropriate.”Gordon Sondland testified on Wednesday before the three House Committees leading the impeachment inquiry. The New York Times that Sondland confirmed that President Trump had delegated U.S. foreign policy on Ukraine to Rudy Giuliani, a directive Sondland claims he followed despite his personal objections. Vice President Mike Pence declared that Turkey has agreed to a ceasefire in Syria provided that the Syrian Kurds and Syrian Democratic Forces withdraw all troops and.
John Bies’s Sept. 30 post (“”) is informative but doesn’t quite explain the full scope of a lawyer’s confidentiality responsibilities, nor does it address the implications of Congress compelling an attorney to breach them. It is true, as Bies says, that the attorney-client privilege mainly protects “confidential communications between a client and an attorney made for the purpose of obtaining legal advice,” but an attorney’s ethical obligations to safeguard discussions with clients can go much beyond that. First, the basics: As discussed , the attorney-client privilege is an evidentiary rule while a lawyer’s obligation as to confidentiality is a matter of legal ethics . This is detailed in a 2007 by Sue Michmerhuizen, of the American Bar As.
The Hoover Institution will host a book event on Oct. 24 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., where Lawfare ’s Jack Goldsmith will discuss his new book, "," with William Galston of the Brookings Institution. The conversation take place at Hoover's offices at 1399 New York Avenue NW, Suite 500, and are preceded by a reception with food and drink.
Why are U.S. intelligence agencies still applying extraordinary safeguards to the incidentally collected communications of Chinese, Russian and Iranian citizens as well as the nationals of EU allies that refuse to offer similar privacy protections to Americans? After answering that question, we will recommend that the administration conduct a comprehensive assessment of the actual mission, administrative and opportunity costs of restricting how the intelligence community handles data gleaned from the intercepted communications of non-Americans.
Testimony on Capitol Hill this week reveals that Rudy Giuliani was running a shadow foreign policy on Ukraine. The White House vows not to cooperate with the impeachment investigation. And Turkish forces move into Syria, sparking a new national security crisis. Ben recommends a newly relevant on Putin. Shane has an idea for a new . Susan celebrates 1,000 .
On Tuesday, CNN and the New York Times hosted the fourth debate of the 2020 Democratic primary campaign, moderated by Anderson Cooper, Erin Burnett and Mark Lacey. We’ve combed through the transcript from the debate to present the national security-related exchanges. These excerpts are organized both thematically and chronologically. A complete of the debate can be found through the Washington Post. Impeachment. COOPER: Since the last debate, House Democrats have officially launched an impeachment inquiry against President Trump, which all the candidates on this stage support. Senator Warren, I want to start with you. You have said that there's already enough evidence for President Trump to be impeached and removed from office. But the quest.
One of the most damning allegations in the is that President Trump pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son by withholding congressionally approved military aid. The include $250 million from the Defense Department and $141 million from the State Department. As debates swirl over the existence and significance of a presidential quid pro quo, it is worth examining the underlying mechanics of how the White House might have withheld the money. The answer lies in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), which is responsible for overseeing all executive agency spending. That is why on Oct. 7 the chairmen of three House Committees—Oversight and Reform, Intelligence and Foreign A.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Tuesday evening that the House will not have a full vote authorizing an impeachment inquiry into President Trump at this point, Politico. Pelosi added that no vote was necessary to continue interviewing witnesses and gathering evidence. George Kent, a senior State Department official in charge of Ukraine policy, provided closed-door testimony on Tuesday before the House committees handling the impeachment inquiry. The New York Times that Kent told the committees he was effectively cut out of decisions regarding Ukraine after a meeting in May organized by White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney. Michael McKinley, former senior adviser to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo who resigned last week, is testifyin.
On Sept. 13, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)—Canada’s national police service— Cameron Ortis, formerly the director-general of the service’s National Intelligence Coordination Center. Ortis was one of the RCMP’s top civilian officials. He joined the Mounties armed with on crime in East Asia and an exemplary service record, impressing his co-workers with his intelligence and work ethic. He as former RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson’s “most elite adviser on issues related to national security” and gained access to some of the most secret national and allied intelligence that the RCMP analyzes. As the Globe and Mail, a national newspaper, has , authorities first suspected that something was wrong in March 2018. At the time, a joint RCMP-


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