Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today's Headlines and Commentary

By Lev Sugarman
Friday, February 1, 2019, 1:14 PM

The U.S. is officially suspending the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia on Friday following long-standing U.S. allegations that Russia is fielding systems which violate treaty terms, the New York Times reports.

The Special Counsel’s Office requested a delay in Roger Stone’s trial to examine years of phone and email records obtained from Stone’s residences, NBC News details. Lawfare shared the motion seeking an exception to the Speedy Trial Act.

The U.S District Court for the District of Columbia held that the Syrian government is liable for over $300 million in damages to the family of journalist Marie Colvin who was deliberately targeted and killed by the Syrian government in 2012, according to the Times.

A group of Marines accused in 2007 of committing war crimes in Afghanistan had their records wiped clean by the Board for Correction of Naval Records years after the group was exonerated for the allegations, which were found to be fabricated by the Taliban, the Washington Post reports.

In a wide-ranging interview with the Times, President Donald Trump claimed that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein assured him he was not the target of ongoing investigations, and also denied that he directed Roger Stone to contact WikiLeaks during the 2016 campaign, according to the Times.

ICYMI: Yesterday on Lawfare

Benjamin Wittes examined a Watergate document regarding the transmission of evidence from the special prosecutor to the House Judiciary Committee, discussing its parallels to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation today. And continuing our new Shorts edition of the Lawfare Podcast, Mikhaila Fogel shared a reading of the article by Benjamin Wittes.

Amanda Sloat continued her series on Brexit, exploring novel attempts by the British Parliament to increase pressure on Prime Minister Theresa May.

Evelyn Douek analyzed Facebook’s newly-published draft charter for an independent content moderation board.

Matthew Kahn shared a motion filed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller in the Roger Stone case requesting an exception to the Speedy Trial Act to give prosecutors more time to sift through years of Stone’s communication records.

Robert Chesney and Steve Vladeck shared a new episode of The National Security Law Podcast featuring discussions on Venezuela, the implications of withdrawal from Afghanistan on Guantanamo litigation and more.

David Priess explored the possible reasons why U.S. intelligence leaders didn’t resign following Trump’s harsh criticism of their assessments.

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