Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today’s Headlines and Commentary

By Hadley Baker
Tuesday, January 15, 2019, 1:13 PM

Attorney general nominee William Barr appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday for the first of two days of his confirmation hearing, reports Politico. See the livestream here on Lawfare.

President Trump rejected a suggestion by Sen. Lindsey Graham to end the government shutdown temporarily and open discussions with congressional Democrats over the U.S.-Mexico border wall, says the Washington Post.

The Pentagon has said that it will extend the deployment of active duty forces along the U.S.-Mexico border for eight months—the deployment was scheduled to end Jan. 31—reports the Washington Post.

The Turkish presidency has said that President Trump and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan discussed the possibility of establishing a secure zone in northern Syria that would be cleared of militia groups, reports Reuters.

British Prime Minister Theresa May made a final push on Monday to gain backing for a vote taking place on Tuesday on a Brexit deal, warning that the defeat of the deal could result in either a reversal of Brexit or to Britain leaving the EU without a deal, says the AP.

ICYMI: Yesterday on Lawfare

Matthew Kahn shared the prepared statement that attorney general nominee William Barr planned to deliver before the Senate Judiciary Committee at his confirmation hearing on Tuesday.

Philip Bobbitt discussed the details of indicting and prosecuting a sitting president.

Sarah Grant explored the decision of the judge in the 9/11 military commission to reject a motion to dismiss the case based on unlawful influence claims.

Mikhaila Fogel, Quinta Jurecic and Benjamin Wittes provided some questions for the Senate Judiciary Committee to ask Barr during his confirmation hearing—the questions were based on confirmation hearings during the Watergate investigation.

Paul Rosenzweig discussed a tip from the Russian cybersecurity firm, Kaspersky Labs, that led to the arrest of Harold Martin, an NSA contractor, in connection with a theft of classified data.

Stewart Baker explored the recent revelations of the FBI opening a counterintelligence probe into President Trump following the president’s firing of former FBI Director James Comey, and explained why he believes the Justice Department inspector general should review the matter.

Amichai Cohen and Yuval Shany analyzed recent decisions by the Israeli Supreme Court regarding house-demolitions in the Palestinian territories.

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