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Jacob Schulz is an associate editor at Lawfare and a research assistant at the Brookings Institution. Previously, he was a research assistant for two Amherst College professors where he worked on a book about French Resistance to Nazi occupation as well as two forthcoming books, one about the al-Nashiri Military Commissions case and one about the history of international criminal law. He earned a bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from Amherst College in Law, Jurisprudence & Social Thought and French. His wrote his senior thesis about drone warfare and legal theory.
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The Department of Justice unsealed a criminal complaint against Xuehua "Edward" Peng for acting as an illegal foreign agent. The complaint alleges that Peng handed over U.S. national security information to officials from China’s Ministry of State Security (MSS). Extensive details of the FBI's counterintelligence investigation against Peng are also included in the complaint, which can be read here.
The lawyers representing the intelligence community whistleblower released two letters responding to news reports about their client and his complaint.
The Inspector General of the Intelligence Community (ICIG) released a statement about the whistleblower form that the Ukraine whistleblower used to file his complaint.
The chairmen of the three House committees—Oversight and Reform, Foreign Affairs, and Intelligence—issued a subpeona to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to produce documents related to the Trump administration's interractions with officials associated with the Ukrainian government.
The bulk of the information was already public, but the release of the whistleblower complaint and the House Intelligence Committee hearing with Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire gave new context to the unfolding scandal.
The misconduct cannot be dismissed as unproven; it screams off the plain text of the White House’s own memorandum detailing the president’s phone conversation with his Ukrainian counterpart.