Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today's Headlines and Commentary

By Lev Sugarman
Wednesday, April 3, 2019, 11:51 AM

The House Judiciary Committee voted to authorize its chairman, Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), to subpoena Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s full report and the underlying evidence from the Justice Department, the New York Times reports. The authorization also included subpoenas for five former administration officials who Democrats said are relevant to an ongoing committee investigation. Nadler said he would wait to issue the subpoenas, giving Attorney General Bill Barr time to accommodate the committee’s requests.

The Secret Service arrested a woman from China at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club who was carrying four cellphones and a thumb drive containing malware, according to the Times. Lawfare shared the criminal complaint and affidavit.

Former military and intelligence leaders released a letter warning of intelligence, defense and governance risks posed by American allies and partners’ adoption of Chinese-developed 5G networks, the Washington Post details. Lawfare posted the document.

A draft German law proposes revoking the citizenship of German dual nationals who fought abroad for groups like the Islamic State, Reuters reports.

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Scott Moore and Michelle Melton unpacked China’s recent shift towards framing climate change as a national security threat.

Patrick McDonnell recapped proceedings in the case of Guantanamo detainee Ali Hamza Ahmad Suliman al Bahlul in which the U.S. Court of Military Commission Review upheld his life sentence on war crimes charges.

Carrie Cordero announced a report on congressional intelligence oversight from the Center for a New American Security.

Jen Patja Howell shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast in which David Priess spoke with journalists Mary Louise Kelly and Shane Harris on covering the intelligence beat.

Lev Sugarman posted a slew of documents of interest to the Lawfare readership: a motion filed by Chelsea Manning seeking release from civil detention pending appeal of her contempt charge, a lawsuit filed by former intelligence and military officials challenging the constitutionality of the government’s pre-publication review process, a transcript from the House Judiciary Committee’s interview with former head of the FBI Counterintelligence Division Bill Priestap, House Democrats’ letter to Barr seeking release of the Mueller report, and a criminal complaint charging a woman from China found at Mar-a-Lago with malware of trespassing and making false statements.

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