Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today's Headlines and Commentary

By Matthew Kahn
Friday, April 5, 2019, 5:33 PM

The State Department revoked the visa of Fatou Bensouda, the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, over her attempts to investigate U.S. conduct in Afghanistan between 2002 and 2004, reports the New York Times. 

President Trump withdrew the nomination of Ronald Vitiello to run U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Friday, saying he wants someone “tougher” to do the job, according to the Washington Post. 

Trump’s attorney called on the Treasury Department to withhold his tax returns until the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel provides formal legal guidance on how to comply with a document request from the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, reports the Post.

Talks between British Prime Minister Theresa May and opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn aimed at developing a compromise Brexit plan stalled on Friday, the Times reports

In the Times, Carol Rosenberg explains how the Guantanamo military commissions are considering how to handle evidence about the torture of detainees in CIA prisons during the 2000s.

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Emma DiNapoli analyzed a German court opinion arguing that the German government is responsible for ensuring that U.S. operations conducted from bases in German territory comply with international law.

Mikhaila Fogel posted a Justice Department statement further elaborating on Attorney General Bill Barr's March 24 letter to Congress about the Mueller report.

Matthew Kahn published a criminal complaint and supporting affidavit charging a New York man with lying to the FBI about gun possession in connection with an investigation into possible violations of federal civil rights and firearms laws.

Jacques Singer-Emery summarized the latest military commissions hearings in the case of the 9/11 conspirators.

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