Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today's Headlines and Commentary

By Lev Sugarman
Thursday, March 14, 2019, 4:43 PM

The Senate twice rebuked President Donald Trump late Wednesday and Thursday, likely forcing him to use the presidential veto for the first time. The Senate voted 59–41 Thursday to block Trump’s national emergency declaration on the U.S.-Mexico border, the Washington Post reports. On Wednesday, the Senate approved a resolution 54–46 that would significantly limit U.S. support for the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen, according to the New York Times.

In another sign that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation may be winding down, Andrew Weissmann, a leading prosecutor in Mueller’s office, will soon leave the investigation, NPR reports.

House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler said that former Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, contrary to his public testimony in February, did not deny in a closed meeting that he was involved in discussions with President Trump on the investigation of Michael Cohen, the Wall Street Journal details.

The House of Representatives voted 420-0 to approve a nonbinding resolution demanding that the Justice Department publicly release Mueller’s final report, according to the Times.

The U.K. Parliament voted for Prime Minister Theresa May to seek from the EU a delay of Brexit, potentially pushing the process past the original March 29 deadline, the BBC reports.

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Timothy J. Muris defended the Federal Trade Commission’s lawsuit against Qualcomm.

Jim Baker considered the risks inherent to U.S. adoption of 5G technology.

Lev Sugarman shared a 16-count indictment of Paul Manafort released by the Manhattan district attorney on a host of mortgage fraud and financial charges.

Jen Patja Howell shared a new episode of Rational Security, in which Tamara Cofman Wittes, Shane Harris, Susan Hennessey and Benjamin Wittes discussed news reporting on a Chinese massage parlor owner’s links to the White House, Paul Manafort’s sentencing and recent political unrest in the Middle East.

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