Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today's Headlines and Commentary

By Lev Sugarman
Monday, April 1, 2019, 4:06 PM

A whistleblower in the White House Personnel Security Office told the House Oversight and Reform Committee that 25 security clearance denials from her office were overturned by senior Trump administration officials, the New York Times reports. Lawfare shared the committee’s memorandum on its interview with the whistleblower and a letter from Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) requesting further information from the White House Counsel.

The House Judiciary Committee will vote on Wednesday whether to authorize the use of subpoenas to obtain Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s full report from the Justice Department, according to the Washington Post.

The U.S. cancelled equipment transfers to Turkey related to Turkey’s purchase of American F-35 jets, in response to Turkey’s purchase of Russian surface-to-air missile systems, Reuters reports. The U.S. is concerned that Turkey’s operation of both the air defenses and the F-35 could make the aircraft vulnerable to Russian missiles.

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, after announcing in March that he would not seek a fifth term but would postpone elections, announced that he will resign by the end of April, following pressure among the public and within government, the Post details.

An Israeli watchdog released a report showing a network of fake social media accounts were used to support Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and denounce his opponents ahead of Israeli elections, the Times reports.

ICYMI: Last Weekend on Lawfare

Jen Patja Howell shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast featuring a conversation between Benjamin Wittes and the United Kingdom’s Ambassador the U.S. Sir Kim Darroch on the state of U.S.-U.K relations.

Robin Simcox discussed why the U.K. should consider citizenship revocation of those who joined the Islamic State as an alternative to prosecution.

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