Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today's Headlines and Commentary

By Lev Sugarman
Thursday, May 9, 2019, 12:48 PM

Following President Donald Trump’s assertion of executive privilege over the unredacted Mueller report and its underlying evidence, the House Judiciary Committee voted 24 to 16 to recommend that the full House hold Attorney General Bill Barr in contempt for failing to produce the report and its evidence pursuant to a committee subpoena, the New York Times reports.

The Senate Intelligence Committee issued a subpoena for Donald Trump Jr. to testify before the committee for a second time as part of its investigation of Russian election interference, according to Axios.

Both the Pentagon and CIA have fielded a previously-unknown modified version of the Hellfire missile designed to minimize civilian casualties by using an inert, non-exploding warhead, the Wall Street Journal details.

Less than a week after conducting its first missile tests since 2017, North Korea again launched two short-range ballistic missiles, the Times reports.

ICYMI: Yesterday on Lawfare

Jonathan Shaub unpacked the meaning of President Trump’s “protective” assertion of executive privilege over the unredacted Mueller report.

Keith Whittington considered the value of House impeachment proceedings in circumstances in which the Senate is unlikely to convict.

Rachel Brown and Preston Lim discussed developments in U.S.-China trade talks, the UK’s approach to 5G and more in the biweekly SinoTech series.

Matthew Kahn shared Attorney General Barr’s letter to Trump requesting invocation of executive privilege over subpoenaed Mueller report material, a Justice Department letter informing the House Judiciary Committee of President Trump’s assertion of executive privilege over the unredacted Mueller report, and the House Judiciary Committee’s subpoena served t Barr for the unredacted report and supporting material.

Robert Chesney and Steve Vladeck shared a new episode of the National Security Law Podcast featuring discussion of congressional subpoenas, an IDF attack on a Hamas cyber operations facility and more.

Mikhaila Fogel shared a ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit staying a district court injunction of the Trump administration’s “Remain in Mexico” policy.

Kahn shared a letter from House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) to former White House Counsel Donald McGahn’s lawyer regarding White House assertions of executive privilege over a subpoenaed documents.

Kahn shared the plea documents of Jerry Chun Shing Lee, the former CIA employee who pleaded guilty to violating the Espionage Act for sharing classified material with the Chinese government.

Jen Patja Howell shared a new episode of Rational Security in which Susan Hennessey, Shane Harris and Benjamin Wittes discuss White House assertions of executive privilege, allegations of FBI “spying” and more.

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