Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today's Headlines and Commentary

By Lev Sugarman
Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 3:29 PM

BuzzFeed released internal Trump Organization documents, communications and a signed letter of intent that contradict Rudy Giuliani’s claim that the Trump Tower Moscow project was never formalized on paper.

Michael Cohen’s lawyer announced that Cohen’s planned Feb. 7 testimony before the House oversight committee will be postponed, reports Reuters.

An American banker with connections to the Kremlin sought access to then-President Elect Trump during the transition, ABC News reports.

The Supreme Court released new details on Tuesday in a partially redacted filing regarding a grand jury subpoena battle widely believed to involve Mueller, including that the company refusing compliance is owned by a foreign state, Politico details. Lawfare shared the cert petition filed by the corporation on Tuesday.

Four people in upstate New York were arrested in connection with a plot to target a Muslim community using a stockpile of three bombs and 23 firearms, the New York Times reports. The charges included criminal weapons possession and conspiracy, and federal terrorism charges may be pending.

Newark Airport experienced delays following a drone sighting in Newark airspace, NBC reports. The incident follows serious drone-related disruptions to U.K. airports in December.

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Barbara McQuade and Chuck Rosenberg debated whether or not attorney general nominee Bill Barr should abide by advice from Justice Department ethics officials regarding recusal from the Mueller investigation.

Matthew Kahn shared the Supreme Court orders staying district court injunctions from the two cases challenging Trump’s ban on transgender people serving in the military. And Sarah Grant broke down the process that lies ahead for the cases.

Following Trump’s refusal to provide military transport for a planned Congressional visit to Afghanistan, Ryan Scoville examined the president’s authority to prevent congressional travel abroad during a government shutdown.

Scott Anderson analyzed the posse comitatus issues at stake in Trump’s troop deployment to the southern border.

Matthew Kahn shared a writ of mandamus filed by accused 9/11 plotter Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit regarding contested issues in his military commission proceeding.

Matthew Kahn posted a partially redacted cert petition filed by an unknown foreign company seeking Supreme Court review of a subpoena filed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Matthew Kahn shared the 2019 National Intelligence Strategy released by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

Jen Patja Howell shared the most recent episode of the  Lawfare Podcast featuring a discussion with Molly Reynolds and Margaret Taylor on national security issues in the new congress.

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