A response to Jack Goldsmith.
Latest in Office of Legal Counsel (OLC)
It’s been a long summer break for the podcast, but we’re back! Tune in today as Professors Chesney and Vladeck discuss and debate:
The Office of Legal Counsel, contrary to the Trump Justice Department’s assertions, decided on Friday that the Treasury is obligated to provide Congress with the former president’s tax returns.
The memo provides the legal rationale behind the controversial January 2, 2020, drone strike that killed Major General Qassem Soleimani of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and several leaders of the militia Kata’ib Hezbollah while in Baghdad, Iraq.
We’re back with another round of discussion and debate featuring co-hosts Steve Vladeck and Bobby Chesney, working through the latest national security law developments. Tune in for:
On May 25, the Justice Department released a redacted version of a 2019 memo that, according to the department, advised Attorney General William Barr on how to handle the Mueller report’s descriptions of possible obstruction of justice offenses committed by then-President Trump.
A review of Saikrishna Bangalore Prakash's "The Living Presidency: An Originalist Argument Against Its Ever-Expanding Powers" (Harvard University Press 2020)
The Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel released two opinions concerning foreign relations law.
How did the Trump impeachment defense team deploy OLC memos to defend the president?
OLC Issues an Opinion About the "Urgent Concern" Determination on the Whistleblower Complaint by the DNI
The Office of Legal Counsel released an opinion detailing the legal rationale for their determination that "the complaint submitted to the ICIG does not involve an 'urgent concern'" and that the DNI thus has no statutory obligation to give the complaint to the congressional intelligence committees. The memo can be found here.