Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today’s Headlines and Commentary

By Scott Harman
Thursday, March 7, 2019, 9:03 AM

Michael Cohen provided congressional investigators with documents that corroborate his claim that the president’s attorneys made changes to a written statement he provided to the House and Senate intelligence committees, which ultimately proved to be false, reports the New York Times.

Michael Cohen equally informed the House intelligence committee that his former lawyer had discussed the subject of a pardon with President Trump’s attorney Jay Sekulow, details the Washington Post.

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen told Congress the U.S. faces a “real … serious and sustained crisis at our borders” in testimony on Wednesday and defended the president’s declaration of a national emergency, reports the Wall Street Journal.

South Korea announced it has detected increased activity at facilities where North Korea is believed to manufacture long-range missiles, details the Post.

ICYMI: Yesterday on Lawfare

Bobby Chesney considered whether the National Security Agency’s telephony metadata program can be salvaged or if it should be abandoned.

Sarah Grant summarized the oral argument in Force v. Facebook, in which the the Second Circuit will decide whether Facebook can be held liable for the use of its platform to coordinate and encourage violent attacks by users linked to Hamas.

Stephanie Zable examined whether Europe’s creation of the Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges will foil enforcement of U.S. sanctions of Iran.

Rachel Brown and Preston Lim discussed President Trump’s decision to forego further tariffs targeting Chinese goods and the developments in the ongoing trade talks in the latest SinoTech column.

Susan Hennessey shared the latest episode of the Lawfare Podcast Shorts, in which Hennessey interviews FBI Director Christopher Wray about cyber threat landscape, the threats posed by Russia and China, and what the FBI is doing to protect the 2020 elections.

Jen Patja Howell shared the latest episode of Rational Security, in which the crew discusses Jared Kushner’s security clearance, the Hanoi summit, and the NSA’s telephony metadata program.

Matthew Kahn shared a bill introduced by Sens. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Todd Young (R-Ind.) to revoke the 1991 and 2002 authorizations for use of military force in Iraq.

Kahn also shared the text of President Trump’s executive order, which revoked an Obama administration order that created reporting requirements for U.S. counterterrorism strikes.

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