Our summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s final report on Russian interference in the 2016 election.
The president’s clemency for his confidante is totally unsurprising—which is part of what makes it so bad.
In the end, President Trump has probably succeeded in his effort to keep his financial records from Congress through the November election. But if his goal was to prevent the judiciary from enforcing congressional subpoenas affecting him, he has likely failed.
At 5pm Eastern time, Lawfare readers can tune in to a discussion of the Supreme Court's decisions today in Trump v. Mazars and Trump v. Vance, with Marty Lederman, Dahlia Lithwick, Leah Litman and Margaret Taylor. Lawfare Editor in Chief Benjamin Wittes and Kate Klonick will host the discussion on their show, "In Lieu of Fun." Usually Lawfare doesn't cross-publish the show, but we wanted to flag today's broadcast for everyone who has been following Mazars and Vance.
BuzzFeed News successfully sued for the release of a version of the Mueller report with many fewer redactions. The unsealed material is a mixed bag of information that was already public and facts that are genuinely new.
Former Deputy Attorney General Donald Ayer will testify on June 24 alongside Justice Department attorneys Aaron Zelinsky and John Elias, as well as former Attorney General Michael Mukasey, in a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Justice Department politicization. In his prepared statement, available here and below, Ayer argues that Attorney General William Barr "has ...
Judge Royce Lamberth of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia denied the government's motion for a temporary restraining order to block distribution of the new memoir by former national security advisor John Bolton. Though Judge Lamberth ruled that "Bolton’s unilateral conduct raises grave national security concerns," he found that "the horse is out of the barn" regarding Bolton's memoir—which will be published on June 23—and wrote that, "For reasons that hardly need to be stated, the Court will not order a nationwide seizure and destruction of a political memoir."