Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today's Headlines and Commentary

By Lev Sugarman
Friday, January 25, 2019, 4:47 PM

Roger Stone, President Trump’s longtime counselor, was indicted on Friday by Special Counsel Robert Mueller on seven counts of obstruction of proceedings, making false statements and witness tampering, the New York Times reports. Quinta Jurecic shared the indictment. The indictment reveals the strongest connection to date between the Trump campaign and Russian-linked WikiLeaks publication of Clinton campaign emails. Susan Hennessey, Quinta Jurecic, Matthew Kahn, Lev Sugarman, and Benjamin Wittes offered analysis.

President Trump announced a temporary reopening of the government, striking a deal with congressional Democrats in which border wall funding will be decided in future negotiations, according to the Washington Post.

Jared Kushner’s security clearance application was initially denied by career background investigators but later approved after the rejection was overruled by a supervisor, NBC News revealed.

Flights into LaGuardia Airport in New York were temporarily stopped by the Federal Aviation Administration due to a shutdown-linked shortage of air traffic control personnel, Bloomberg details.

The U.S. Navy sent ships through the Taiwan Strait on Thursday, the first such operation there in 2019, according to CNN.

The Department of State ordered the evacuation of non-essential government personnel in Venezuela following the U.S. recognition of opposition leader Juan Guaidó as the legitimate president and sitting president Nicolás Maduro’s resulting call for Americans to leave the country, NPR reports.

The first ever trial of a Guantanamo Bay detainee has been scheduled, with jury selection set to begin in February, 2020 for the military commission trying al-Qaeda commander Abd al Hadi al-Iraqi, the Miami Herald details.

Two members of an Illinois militia group charged in 2017 for plotting to bomb a Minnesota Mosque and an Illinois women’s health center pleaded guilty on Thursday to federal charges, according to NPR.

ICYMI: Yesterday on Lawfare

Contributing to the Sixth Annual Transatlantic Workshop on International Law and Armed Conflict joint blog series, Aurel Sari examined the law of armed conflict as it relates to the wartime defense of urban environments.

Michelle Melton explored the problem of political will and the issues at stake in the Paris Agreement for the third installment of her series national security implications of climate change.

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