Gordon Ahl

Gordon Ahl is a senior at Georgetown University, studying international politics. He is an intern at Lawfare and the Brookings Institution.

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Congress

Livestream: Justice Department Inspector General Testifies before Senate Committee

On Dec. 18 at 10:00 a.m., the Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz will testify before the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee. Horowitz will be discussing the methodology, scope and findings of his report on four FISA applications and other aspects of the FBI's Crossfire Hurricane Investigation. A livestream of the hearing is available here courtesy of C-SPAN.

FISC

FISA Court Order in Response to Inspector General Report

In response to the Justice Department inspector general report on the Russia investigation, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court has issued an order requiring the government to provide a sworn written statement by Jan. 10, 2020 on what the Justice Department has done and plans to do to ensure that statements of fact in each FISA application filing to the court are complete and accurate. The document is available here and below.

Congress

House Judiciary Committee Brief on Mueller Grand Jury Materials

The House Judiciary Committee has filed a supplemental brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit regarding the committee's litigation to access grand jury material in the Mueller report. The court directed the parties to file briefs regarding whether the committee has standing to pursue the litigation. The document is available here and below.

Impeachment

Senate Minority Leader's Letter on Senate Impeachment Trial Procedures

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer sent a letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Dec. 15 requesting several procedural rules for the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump. Schumer calls for subpoenas to be issued to Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, former National Security Adviser John Bolton, senior adviser to the acting White House Chief of Staff Robert Blair and Office of Management and Budget official Michael Duffey for the purposes of testifying in a Senate impeachment trial.