Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today's Headlines and Commentary

By Coleman Saunders
Tuesday, May 21, 2019, 3:19 PM

District Court Judge Amit Mehta ruled that President Trump’s accounting firm, Mazars USA, must comply with a subpoena from the House Oversight Committee, reported the Washington Post. The opinion is posted here on Lawfare. President Trump’s attorneys appealed the ruling this morning, noted CNN.

The Department of Commerce has temporarily eased the restrictions placed on Huawei as Google and other U.S. technology firms moved to limit their dealings with the company, according to the New York Times. The move, which granted a 90-day grace period for transactions necessary to maintain existing handsets and networks, was designed to minimize disruptions for consumers.

Former White House counsel Don McGahn defied a subpoena to appear before the House Judiciary Committee after the White House ordered him not to attend, said the Times. The Office of Legal Counsel also issued a memorandum ruling that Congress cannot compel McGahn’s testimony due to his status as a former senior White House official. Both the White House letter notifying the committee of its order to McGahn and the Office of Legal Counsel opinion are available on Lawfare.

As part of its ongoing series on the challenges that China’s rise poses to the U.S., Reuters analyzed the U.S. government’s efforts to limit Huawei’s global reach.

President Trump stated Monday that the U.S. would respond to an Iranian attack on U.S. interests in the Middle East with “great force,” said Reuters.

ICYMI: Yesterday on Lawfare:

Quinta Jurecic posted the transcripts of two interviews the House Intelligence Committee conducted with Michael Cohen.

Scott Anderson and Benjamin Wittes discussed the reasoning behind their third annual Freedom of Information Act lawsuit of the internal climate survey at the FBI.

Matthew Kahn shared the White House letter notifying the House Judiciary Committee that President Trump has directed Don McGahn to disregard the committee’s subpoena. The letter relied upon a legal opinion from the Office of Legal Counsel that McGahn enjoys immunity from compelled testimony, which was posted here.

Carrie Cordero and Joshua Geltzer analyzed the national security implications of the Trump administration’s preference for acting officials over those who have been confirmed by the Senate.

Andrew Kent, Justin Florence and Ben Berwick defended Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s constitutional analysis in regards to obstruction of justice.

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