Hadley Baker

Hadley Baker is a third-year student at the University of St. Andrews, studying English literature and Spanish. She is an intern at Lawfare.

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Impeachment

House Managers Reply to Trump Brief

The impeachment managers of the House of Representatives released a reply brief on Tuesday to President Trump’s brief, filed on Monday, which defended his own actions in the impeachment trial. The House managers claim that the brief “lacks a legitimate defense of his misconduct” and calls on the Senate to convict and remove President Trump from office during its impeachment trial beginning today.

Impeachment

Government Accountability Office Finds White House Violates Law by Withholding Aid to Ukraine

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a decision on Thursday concluding that the Trump administration violated the Impoundment Control Act (ICA), a law that regulates how the White House may distribute money appropriated by Congress. The decision found that the White House Office of Management and Budget withheld security aid to Ukraine in summer 2019 “for a policy reason,” not permitted under the law.

Documents

Flynn Moves to Withdraw Guilty Plea

Former national security adviser Michael Flynn filed a motion in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Tuesday to withdraw his guilty plea of making false statements to the FBI regarding his contacts with Russia. The motion cites the government’s “bad faith, vindictiveness, and breach of the plea agreement” as reasons for withdrawing the plea and requests a delay of Flynn’s sentencing by 30 days, from Jan. 28 to Feb. 27. The motion is available here and below.

Podcasts

The Lawfare Podcast: The National Security Law Podcast Guys Talk Soleimani

As part of Lawfare's continuing coverage of the killing of Iranian Quds Force leader Qassem Soleimani, we are bringing you an edited version of the latest episode of the National Security Law Podcast, in which Bobby Chesney and Steve Vladeck discuss the legality of the strike and what this means for the future of U.S.-Iranian relations.

Article 51

U.S. and Iran Submit Article 51 Letters on Use of Force

In a letter to the United Nations Security Council on Jan. 8, United States Ambassador to the U.N. Kelly Craft reported the targeted killing of Iranian military leader Qassem Soleimani last week was an act of self-defense under Article 51 of the U.N. Charter in response to an “escalating series of armed attacks in recent months” by Iran and Iranian-backed forces on U.S. personnel. The letter adds that the U.S. is prepared to take further action “as necessary to continue to protect U.S. personnel and interests.”