Vanessa Sauter

Vanessa Sauter is a program associate in the Cybersecurity & Technology Program at the Aspen Institute. She was previously an associate editor at Lawfare and received her bachelor's degree from Columbia University in 2016.

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Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today's Headlines and Commentary

The FBI overstated the number of encrypted devices it couldn’t access, the bureau announced in a statement on Tuesday, the Washington Post reports. FBI officials have been reporting to Congress and to the public that the bureau was locked out of nearly 7,800 devices in 2017. The correct number is closer to 1,200, according to an internal estimate.

Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today's Headlines and Commentary

In March, Special Counsel Robert Mueller warned President Donald J. Trump’s legal team that he could issue a grand jury subpoena should the president resist meeting with the special counsel, according to the Washington Post. The escalation between the special counsel’s office and Trump’s legal team culminated in John Dowd’s resignation in late March.

Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today's Headlines and Commentary

The Supreme Court will hear oral argument on Wednesday in Trump v. Hawaii, the third iteration of Trump’s travel ban issued last September, reports the New York Times. The justices will consider whether restricting travelers from Syria, Libya, Iran, Yemen, Chad, and Somalia, the six Muslim countries of the eight listed in the Trump administration’s executive order, is unconstitutional.

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