Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today’s Headlines and Commentary

By Lev Sugarman
Wednesday, January 16, 2019, 2:35 PM

William Barr, the president’s nominee to be attorney general, told senators at his confirmation hearing on Tuesday that he would allow Special Counsel Robert Mueller to pursue his investigation unimpeded, reports the New York Times.

Prosecutors from the Special Counsel’s Office filed a detailed memorandum in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia outlining false statements made by Paul Manafort, according to the Washington Post.

An Islamic State suicide bomber killed over a dozen people in Kurdish-controlled Manbij, Syria, including American and Kurdish soldiers, reports the BBC.

Repeatedly throughout 2018, President Trump privately expressed his desire to withdraw from NATO, the Times reveals.

Delegates from the belligerents in the civil war in Yemen met in Amman, Jordan on Wednesday to discuss implementation of a U.N. prisoner-swap agreement, reports Reuters.

Charges were filed Tuesday against two Ukrainian hackers who stole and resold private corporate filings from the SEC, details Bloomberg.

The U.S. and U.K. carried out a joint naval exercise in the South China Sea—the first since China established island bases there—according to Reuters.  

Theresa May’s Brexit plan was defeated in Parliament by 230 votes on Tuesday, representing historic levels of party backlash and casting further doubt on future of Brexit, reports The Economist.

Four Democratic representatives were added to the House intelligence committee as the panel gears up to reopen its investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential race and to probe any possible financial ties between President Trump and Russia, reports Politico.

ICYMI: Yesterday on Lawfare

Herb Lin and Amy Zegart announced their newly published edited volume “Bytes, Bombs, and Spies: The Strategic Dimensions of Offensive Cyber Operations” and shared the introductory chapter.

Matthew Kahn posted a partially redacted filing from the Special Counsel’s Office containing evidence to support prosecutors’ allegations that Paul Manafort had given false statements.

On the Lawfare Podcast, Jack Goldsmith spoke with Washington Post reporter Greg Miller on Miller’s new book, “The Apprentice: Trump, Russia, and the Subversion of American Democracy.”

On the National Security Law Podcast, Bobby Chesney and Steve Vladeck discussed the al-Nashiri military commission with members of the defense team.

On the Cyberlaw Podcast, Stewart Baker spoke to Matthew Heiman and Nick Weaver on Russian intrusions into the U.S. electricity grid and other topics.

Jack Watson and Beau Woods explored the U.K.’s new code of practice on internet-of-things security.

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