Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today's Headlines and Commentary

By Lev Sugarman
Wednesday, March 13, 2019, 2:15 PM

Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, was sentenced to an additional three and a half years in prison in his case before the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, where he was convicted on two conspiracy counts, the New York Times details. Combined with his sentence in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Manafort is sentenced to seven and half years in prison.

The Manhattan District Attorney announced a new indictment of Manafort on sixteen felony counts relating to mortgage and financial fraud, according to NBC News.

Following litigation over President Donald Trump’s proposed ban of all transgender service members, the Department of Defense implemented a policy requiring transgender service members to serve in their biological sex and banning members from transitioning to a another sex, the AP reports.

A joint U.S.-Afghan convoy and an Afghan army checkpoint engaged in an hours-long firefight Wednesday, ending with a U.S. airstrike on the checkpoint, according to the Times. Both Afghan and American officials said the engagement was a misunderstanding, with each side believing the fire came from Taliban forces.

The Trump administration plans to close all U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services offices outside of the U.S., transferring services to State Department facilities and offices within the U.S., the Washington Post details.

An internal U.S. Navy study warned of the Navy’s vulnerability to cyber actors seeking national security information and industrial secrets, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Georgian authorities detained two people in connection with the attempted sale of $2.8 million of uranium-238, an isotope that is non-fissile but can be a precursor to fissile plutonium, Reuters reports.

ICYMI: Yesterday on Lawfare

Chuck Rosenberg offered a review of Preet Bharara’s new book, “Doing Justice: A Prosecutor’s Thoughts on Crime, Punishment, and The Rule of Law.”

Sean Quirk summarized proceedings at the military commission trying alleged al-Qaeda commander Abd al-Hadi al-Iraqi.

Lev Sugarman shared transcripts of former FBI Assistant General Counsel Lisa Page’s 2018 interview with the House Judiciary Committee.

Stewart Baker shared an episode of the Cyberlaw Podcast featuring discussion of the Chinese internet, Section 215 and more.

Jen Patja Howell shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast in which Benjamin Wittes discussed the history of special prosecutors with University of Arizona law professor Andrew Coan.

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