The fight over U.S. involvement in Yemen is shifting to new legal terrain: the president’s authority to engage in arms sales.
Scott R. Anderson is a David M. Rubenstein fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution. He previously served as an Attorney-Adviser in the Office of the Legal Adviser at the U.S. Department of State and as the legal advisor for the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq.
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Committees in the House of Representatives Have Released Drafts of the F2020 NDAA and Defense Authorization Bill
On June 11, the House Armed Services Committee released its draft of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for the 2020 fiscal year (H.R. 2500). The committee’s summary states that the proposed bill focuses on addressing threats to the United States by authorizing a defense system that is “inclusive, accountable, and responsible in the management of its resources.” The proposal authorizes defense spending up to $733 billion dollars.
A new measure makes changes that increase the power of House committees to pursue enforcement of additional subpoenas.
The Trump administration’s latest tariff action isn’t necessarily unprecedented. But that doesn’t make it any less exceptional.
Like last year, we’ve asked the FBI for the results of its internal climate survey. And once again, we’re going to court to get them.
Last year, one of us filed a “meta-FOIA” request with Benjamin Wittes seeking information on how former CIA officer and then-congressional candidate (now congresswoman) Abigail Spanberger’s unredacted SF-86 form was released in response to a right-wing advocacy group’s FOIA request. We petitioned both the National Archives and Records Administrations (NARA) and the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), each of which had played a role in the release.
Experts have focused on the possibility that the Trump administration will designate the group as a Foreign Terrorist Organization. But there are other tools the Trump administration could use.