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International Governance

New Global Declaration of Democratic Principles

At the Munich Security Conference on Feb. 16, a group of former world leaders released a Declaration of Principles aimed at reaffirming shared democratic principles and a rules-based order in response to the rising tide of authoritarianism and anti-democratic trends in many countries.  The Declaration for Freedom, Prosperity and Peace is the product of a year-long task force sponsored by the Atlantic Council and Canada's Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and led by Steve Hadley and Madeleine Albright among others, in which I and a group of former U.S.

Office of Legal Counsel (OLC)

"Form and Legality": The Office of Legal Counsel’s Role in the National Emergency Declaration

When the president issues an executive order or a proclamation, federal regulations require the attorney general to review the resulting document, and the attorney general has delegated this authority to the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel.

Unfiled

Document: Gag Order in Roger Stone Case

On Friday, Judge Amy Berman Jackson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia instituted a gag order on counsel for the parties and witnesses in the Roger Stone case, additionally prohibiting all participants from making any public comments in the vicinity of the courthouse that could pose a risk of improperly influencing the proceeding. The full order is below.

Federal Law Enforcement

Document: Judge Rules Manafort Lied While Under Cooperation Agreement

On Wednesday, Judge Amy Berman Jackson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that Paul Manafort made intentionally false statements to the special counsel’s office while subject to a cooperation agreement. Accordingly, Judge Jackson ruled that “the Office of Special Counsel is no longer bound by its obligations under the plea agreement, including its promise to support a reduction of the offense level in the calculation of the U.S.

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