Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today’s Headlines and Commentary

By Matthew Kahn
Tuesday, December 18, 2018, 3:15 PM

Judge Emmet Sullivan of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia delayed sentencing former national security adviser Michael Flynn until the end of his cooperation with ongoing federal investigations, according to the New York Times.

The attorney general of New York announced that the Trump Foundation will dissolve in response to a lawsuit against the organization that alleged “persistently illegal conduct” for the president's personal and political benefit, according to the Washington Post.

Facebook and Twitter are in hot water after the Senate intelligence committee released two reports on Russian information operations on social media, says the Post.

The chief executive of Chinese telecom giant Huawei defended the security of its 5G equipment against fears that it would be exploited for espionage and surveillance, reports the Wall Street Journal.

A secret U.S.-backed effort to improve relations between Israel and Saudi Arabia is sputtering in the wake of the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, which the CIA has assessed was likely directed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, according to the Journal.

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Phillip Bobbitt responded to Laurence Tribe’s argument that a sitting president can be indicted.

In the latest Intelligence Studies Essay, Steve Slick proposed a path to restoring the U.S. intelligence community after the Trump administration.

Quinta Jurecic posted an indictment charging associates of Michael Flynn with attempting to lobby for the extradition of cleric Fethullah Gulen from the United States to Turkey.

Orin Kerr highlighted his recent scholarship addressing how lower courts are implementing the Supreme Court ruling in Carpenter.

Bob Bauer and Quinta Jurecic responded to arguments saying that President Trump’s involvement in Michael Cohen’s campaign finance violations is not an impeachable offense.

Mikhaila Fogel posted the Senate intelligence committee reports on Russia’s social-media influence operations.

Jurecic flagged that one of the Senate intelligence committee’s reports suggests that the Internet Research Agency may have tried to sextort someone.

Jurecic posted the 302 reports from the FBI’s interviews with Michael Flynn that the special counsel released in response to a judge’s request.

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