The President defended his July phone call with Ukranian president Volodymyr Zelensky as being perfectly appropriate while also acknowledging that the two discussed former Vice President Joe Biden, the New York Times reports. This news comes against the backdrop of the ongoing standoff between the administration and the House Intelligence Committee over an intelligence community whistleblower complaint.
With the completion of the Volume I of The Report, Lawfare’s podcast series telling the story contained in Robert Mueller’s 448-page report, the Lawfare team is taking a brief hiatus to prepare Volume II. In the interim, Quinta Jurecic shared a bonus episode focusing on the mysterious death of Peter Smith. The series is available on all major podcast distribution services:
British Parliament rejected Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s call for snap elections, reports the New York Times. Johnson’s request for elections came in response to a move by lawmakers on Tuesday to stop his plan for a no-deal Brexit.
Susan Hennessey and Benjamin Wittes shared the seventh episode of The Report, Lawfare’s podcast series telling the story contained in Robert Mueller’s 448-page report. The series is available on all major podcast distribution services:
Dozens of wildfires are scorching large portions of the Amazon rainforest, the majority intentionally set by farmers and loggers in the region, reports CNN. Environmental organizations and researchers argue that Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s economic policies have contributed to this environmental emergency.
Two United States soldiers were killed in Afghanistan on Wednesday, according to the Pentagon, as talks resumed in Qatar between the Taliban and the U.S. to discuss the safety and security of Afghanistan, reports the New York Times. The U.S. military did not disclose further details pending family notification.
In a memorandum filed in support of a motion for summary judgment on Aug. 20, the House Committee on Ways and Means argued that the committee must obtain President Trump’s tax returns in order to continue its oversight of and investigation into Trump’s financial records.