Lev Sugarman

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Lev Sugarman is an intern at Lawfare and a research intern at the Brookings Institution focusing on national security law. He is a senior in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.

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Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today's Headlines and Commentary

Following President Donald Trump’s assertion of executive privilege over the unredacted Mueller report and its underlying evidence, the House Judiciary Committee voted 24 to 16 to recommend that the full House hold Attorney General Bill Barr in contempt for failing to produce the report and its evidence pursuant to a committee subpoena, the New York Times reports.

Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today's Headlines and Commentary

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani announced that Iran would end compliance with certain provisions of the Iran nuclear agreement, the New York Times reports. Rouhani said Iran would restart development of low enriched uranium and heavy water stockpiles, and threatened to resume nuclear reactor construction and end compliance with uranium enrichment limits if the deal’s European signatories could not save the agreement by increasing trade with Iran.

Federal Law Enforcement

What Mueller Found on Russia and on Obstruction: A First Analysis

Mueller did not find a criminal conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia, and he did not conclude that President Trump had obstructed justice. But he did not exonerate the president either. 

Donald Trump

Full Text of the Mueller Report's Executive Summaries

Editor’s Note: Below are the executive summaries of the two volumes of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's final report. Volume I deals with links between Russia and the Trump campaign, while Volume II deals with potential obstruction of justice by President Trump. This article is available in audio format on the Lawfare Podcast: Special Edition:


Document: Justice Department Did Not Rely on Whitaker in FISA Matters, FISC Says

On Thursday, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court issued an order stating that the government "has not relied on any action taken by [former Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker] in any submission to the court." The order, issued by Judge Rosemary Collyer, denied attorney Thomas C. Goldstein's motion to file an amicus curiae brief challenging Whitaker's authority to take action before the court on the basis that his appointment as acting attorney general was unlawful.