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Flynn Moves to Withdraw Guilty Plea

Former national security adviser Michael Flynn filed a motion in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Tuesday to withdraw his guilty plea of making false statements to the FBI regarding his contacts with Russia. The motion cites the government’s “bad faith, vindictiveness, and breach of the plea agreement” as reasons for withdrawing the plea and requests a delay of Flynn’s sentencing by 30 days, from Jan. 28 to Feb. 27. The motion is available here and below.

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U.S. and Iran Submit Article 51 Letters on Use of Force

In a letter to the United Nations Security Council on Jan. 8, United States Ambassador to the U.N. Kelly Craft reported the targeted killing of Iranian military leader Qassem Soleimani last week was an act of self-defense under Article 51 of the U.N. Charter in response to an “escalating series of armed attacks in recent months” by Iran and Iranian-backed forces on U.S. personnel. The letter adds that the U.S. is prepared to take further action “as necessary to continue to protect U.S. personnel and interests.”

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Livestream: House Hears Testimony About Digital Manipulation

On Jan. 8 at 10:30am, the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce will hold a hearing on “Americans at Risk: Manipulation and Deception in the Digital Age.” The committee will hear from Monika Bickert from Facebook, Joan Donovan of the Harvard Kennedy School, Tristan Harris from the Center for Humane Technology and Justin Hurwitz from the University of Nebraska College of Law. The livestream of the hearing is available here and below.

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Justice Department Recommends Up to Six Months in Prison for Michael Flynn, Reversing Prior Decision

Federal prosecutors filed a sentencing memorandum advising that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn serve up to six months in prison, within the guidelines range of zero to six months of incarceration. In their initial sentencing memorandum in December 2018, prosecutors recommended that Flynn receive a sentence at the low end of the guidelines range.

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House Releases Articles of Impeachment Against President Donald J. Trump

On Dec. 10, House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D.-N.Y.) submitted a resolution of impeachment against President Donald Trump for high crimes and misdemeanors. The first article was abuse of power, and the second was obstruction of Congress. The document is available here and below.

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Summary of Michael McKinley’s Deposition Testimony

Editor’s note: This is one of many summaries of depositions released by House impeachment investigators. The others are available here.

Former Senior Adviser to the Secretary of State Michael McKinley testified before Congress in the ongoing impeachment inquiry on Oct. 16. Below is a summary of his testimony, as compiled from the transcript of his deposition.

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Amb. William Taylor Testifies Before Impeachment Inquiry

Amb. William B. Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, testified on Tuesday before three House committees conducting an impeachment inquiry into President Trump's efforts to have the government of Ukraine interfere with the 2020 U.S. presidential elections. Taylor's opening statement is available here and below.

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White House Sought to Restrict Fiona Hill Deposition

The deputy counsel to President Trump responded to a letter from counsel for Fiona Hill, the former Senior Director for European and Russian Affairs for the National Security Council. The White House letter argues that Hill should not discuss any classified information or any details subject to executive privilege during her deposition before three House Committees handling the impeachment inquiry. The letter can be found here and below.

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