Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today's Headlines and Commentary

By Lev Sugarman
Thursday, February 7, 2019, 4:43 PM

President Donald Trump lashed out at House Democrats on Twitter over congressional investigations of his campaign and financial ties, responding to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff’s (D-Calif.) announcement that his panel’s inquiry has broadened its scope, the Washington Post reports.

Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, scheduled to testify on Friday before the House Judiciary Committee, threatened to skip the hearing unless the committee members provided written assurance not to subpoena him if they determine his testimony is incomplete, according to the Post. Lawfare shared the correspondence between House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) and the Justice Department, as well as the committee’s authorization for Nadler to issue a subpoena to Whitaker.

Judge William Pauley, overseeing the Michael Cohen case in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, revealed that parts of the federal investigation of Cohen remain open, CNN details.

Pentagon detainee policy spokeswoman Cmdr. Candice Tresch said that Islamic State detainees currently in Syrian Democratic Forces custody could be transferred to Guantanamo Bay if their home countries deny repatriation, the Miami Herald reports.

An Iranian news agency reported that Iran’s Revolutionary Guard unveiled a new short range ballistic missile, according to the AP.

The House Foreign Affairs Committee voted to advance a War Powers resolution, expected to pass the House in coming days, that would end support for all U.S. involvement in the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen, Politico reports.

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Clark Packard assessed the effectiveness of new U.S. tariffs against China scheduled to enter into force next month.

Lev Sugarman shared the national security highlights from Trump’s State of the Union address.

Ashley Deeks explored the relevant constitutional questions if Congress were to restrict Trump’s troop withdrawals from Syria and Afghanistan.

In our biweekly Sinotech round-up of U.S.-China technology policy news, Rachel Brown and Preston Lim analyzed the Justice Department indictments against Huawei and other developments.

Jen Patja Howell shared a new episode of Rational Security in which Tamara Cofman Wittes, Shane Harris, Susan Hennessey and Benjamin Wittes discussed the State of the Union, a new inquiry into Trump’s inaugural committee and more.

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