Former Ambassador to Ukraine Marie L. Yovanovitch delivered her opening statement in closed-door testimony before the House Committees on Oversight and Reform, Foreign Affairs and Intelligence. In the statement, Yovanovitch suggests her departure as ambassador came as a result of pressure from President Trump on the State Department. The full opening statement is available here and below.
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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit rejected President Trump’s appeal to block the release of his tax returns to the House Committee on Oversight and Reform. The court’s decision affirmed that the Committee has the authority to subpoena the financial documents of the president and that Trump’s accounting firm, Mazars USA, must comply by submitting the requested information. The court opinion can be found here and below.
The chairmen of the House Committees on Oversight and Reform, Intelligence and Foreign Affairs sent a letter to Energy Secretary Rick Perry compelling him to produce documents for the impeachment inquiry. The subpoena requests information related to Perry’s involvement in President Trump’s July 25 call with Ukrainian President Zelensky and Perry’s other activities in Ukraine. The letter can be found here and below.
A federal grand jury in the Eastern District of Virginia indicted Henry Kyle Frese, a former employee of the Defense Intelligence Agency, on charges of leaking top secret and secret level intelligence information to two journalists. Frese allegedly leaked information related to a foreign country’s weapons systems. The indictment can be found here and below.
Lawyers from the American Civil Liberties Union and federal public defenders filed an opening brief on behalf of Jamshid Muhtorov in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Mr. Muhtorov is an Uzbek political refugee residing in the United States who was convicted in June 2018 of three counts under 18 U.S.C. § 2339B, providing material support or resources to a foreign terrorist organization.
The Office of the Director of National Intelligence released partially redacted documents related to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court’s (FISC) authorization of the 2018 certifications under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). The FISC initially approved most parts of the certification, but ruled that other aspects of the FBI protocols concerning information regarding U.S. persons were inadequate.
The Senate Intelligence Committee released a redacted report on Russian active measures campaigns in the 2016 election. This document, reportedly the second of five volumes, is titled, “Volume 2: Russia's Use of Social Media with Additional Views.” The complete document is available here and below.
House Committees Subpoena Department of Defense and Office of Management and Budget for Ukraine Documents
The chairmen of three House Committees— Oversight and Reform, Intelligence and Foreign Affairs—sent similar letters to subpoena documents from Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and Acting Director of the Office of Management and Budget Russell Vought.
Thursday evening, the chairmen of the three House Committees—Oversight and Reform, Foreign Affairs and Intelligence—released text messages provided by Kurt Volker, the former U.S. special envoy for Ukraine, as part of the impeachment inquiry into President Trump’s efforts to encourage Ukrainian officials to initiate an investigation of his possible political opponents in the 2020 presidential election.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) filed a statement of interest in the case involving President Trump’s challenge to Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr.’s subpoena for the partial release of Trump’s tax returns. The brief argues that the case ought to be resolved in federal as opposed to state court.