Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today's Headlines and Commentary

By Mikhaila Fogel, Jacques Singer-Emery
Wednesday, April 24, 2019, 4:39 PM

The White House plans to resist the House Judiciary Committee’s subpoena of former White House Counsel Don McGahn, reports the Washington Post. McGahn was subpoenaed in the wake of the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report. According to the post, the Trump administration plans to fight other requests from House committees for testimony of current or former officials about acts described in the Mueller report.

As a result of a three-day referendum vote on amendments to its constitution, Egypt has granted President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi new and expansive powers over Parliament and the judiciary, says the New York Times. The vote will also allow Sisi to remain in office until 2030.

The New York Times details the efforts of Navy SEAL Team 7 members to report allegations that their platoon chief, Edward Gallagher, had committed war crimes in Iraq. According to the times, the commandos faced resistance to reporting within the SEALs, and so took their referral to external authorities. Gallagher’s court-martial trial is set to begin on May 28.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed policy making it easier for residents of separatist-controlled eastern Ukraine to obtain Russian passports, prompting Kiev to call for more sanctions against Russia, reports Reuters.

Putin is hosting North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for a summit this week in the Russian city of Vladivostok, at which Kim is expected to seek support from Putin regarding ongoing nuclear talks with the U.S., according to Reuters.

ICYMI: Yesterday on Lawfare

Daniel Byman provided an analysis of the attacks in Sri Lanka and the threat posed by returning Islamic State foreign fighters.

Quinta Jurecic shared an application by the House of Representatives for a preliminary injunction on the construction of President Trump’s border wall.

Paul Rosenzweig looked at the Mueller report from the perspective of a cybersecurity analyst. specifically discussing how the "going dark" problem limited the ability of the Mueller team to collect evidence.

Justin Hemmings and Nathan Swire argued that European concerns that the Cloud Act could facilitate theft of trade secrets are baseless.

Jen Patja Howell shared the newest episode of the Lawfare Podcast, in which Jack Goldsmith discussed President Trump’s foreign policy doctrine with former administration official Michael Anton.

Mikhaila Fogel shared a letter from the White House ordering an official to defy a subpoena from the House Oversight and Reform Committee, along with the committee chairman’s response.

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