Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today’s Headlines and Commentary

By Matthew Kahn
Thursday, February 28, 2019, 12:26 PM

Negotiations between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un broke down on Wednesday after both sides failed to agree on conditions for relieving U.S. sanctions, reports the New York Times.

Trump defended Kim’s involvement in the death of University of Virginia student Otto Warmbier, who died in 2017 after being returned to the United States in a coma following detention in North Korea, according to the Washington Post. “He tells me he didn't know about it, and I take him at his word,” Trump said of Kim.

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan said his government would release an Indian Air Force pilot shot down over Kashmir earlier this week, in a sign that the crisis in the disputed territory may diffuse, according to the Times.

Israel’s attorney general announced three indictments against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for bribery, fraud and breach of trust, according to Haaretz.

Michael Cohen, the former personal lawyer for President Trump, returns to Capitol Hill on Thursday to testify in a closed session before the House intelligence committee, reports the Post.

Yesterday on Lawfare

Molly Reynolds predicted the procedural chaos that would ensue at Michael Cohen’s Wednesday testimony before the House oversight committee.

Bob Bauer explained that Ken Starr’s recent book may be useful reading for those awaiting the Mueller report.

Mary McCord and Jason Blazakis laid out steps that Congress can take to make domestic terrorism a federal crime.

Lev Sugarman posted the video feed of Cohen’s testimony.

Carrie Cordero explained why it matters whether, as Cohen alleged in his opening statement, the president had advance knowledge of the WikiLeaks dump of hacked DNC emails.

Robert Chesney and Steve Vladeck published this week’s National Security Law Podcast.

Stewart Baker posted the Cyberlaw Podcast.

Paul Rosenzweig analyzed Cyber Command’s election day operation against the Internet Research Agency.

Mikhaila Fogel posted Robert Mueller’s supplemental memo in the Manafort case.

Matthew Kahn published a Maryland grand jury’s indictment of Christopher Hasson for gun crimes related to an alleged planned act of domestic terrorism.

Kahn posted the reply brief of the unnamed foreign corporation seeking Supreme Court review of a subpoena from the special counsel’s grand jury.

Jen Patja Howell posted this week’s episode of Rational Security, the “Liar Liar, Pants on Fire!” edition.

Mikhaila Fogel, Quinta Jurecic, Matthew Kahn, Margaret Taylor and Benjamin Wittes analyzed the Cohen testimony.

Elena Kagan compiled all of the important bits of Cohen’s testimony for an episode of the Lawfare Podcast.

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