Mikhaila Fogel

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Mikhaila Fogel is an associate editor at Lawfare and a research analyst at the Brookings Institution. She previously worked as a legislative correspondent for national security and foreign affairs issues in the Office of Sen. Susan Collins. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College, where she majored in history and literature and minored in government and Arabic.

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The Ukraine Connection

Nov. 19 Vindman and Williams Impeachment Hearing Opening Statements

On Nov. 19, the House Intelligence Committee held a public hearing in its impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump. The committee heard testimony from Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman of the U.S. Army, a National Security Council official, and Jennifer Williams, a foreign service officer detailed to the Vice President's staff. Both of their opening statements as prepared for delivery are below, along with that of Chariman Adam Schiff and Ranking Member Devin Nunes.

Executive Power

D.C. Circuit Court Denies Trump Rehearing in Mazars Case

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has denied President Trump's petition for a rehearing en banc in Donald J. Trump v. Mazars, LLP et al. The order was issued per curiam with Judges Karen Henderson, Gregory Katsas and Neomi Rao dissenting. The court also denied a motion for a panel rehearing. Both orders can be view below.

Denial of Rehearing En Banc

The Ukraine Connection

Statement of NSC Ukraine Expert on the Zelensky Call

Lt. Col. Alexander S. Vindman, a U.S. Army officer and the top Ukraine expert on the National Security Council, will appear before the House impeachment inquiry on Tuesday. He will report that he raised concerns about President Donald Trump's July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, which is at the center of the House's investigation. His opening statement is available here and below.

The Lawfare Podcast

The Lawfare Podcast Special Edition: Syria and The Al-Baghdadi Raid

President Donald Trump announced on Sunday that Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State, died in a raid conducted by U.S. Special Operation Forces. The president used highly unusual language to describe the raid, including that al-Baghdadi “died like a dog.” He also stated that the U.S. would be “leaving soldiers to secure the oil.” Scott R.