Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today's Headlines and Commentary

By Jacob Schulz
Thursday, August 29, 2019, 3:28 PM

A Department of Justice inspector general’s report released today found that former FBI director James Comey violated FBI policies in his handling of memos about his interactions with President Donald Trump, the Washington Post writes.

A U.S. cyberattack in June targeting an Iranian Revolutionary Guard database hampered the group’s efforts to attack oil tankers in the Persian Gulf, the New York Times reports.

Motivated by concerns about national security, U.S. officials are attempting to block a $300 million undersea internet cable that would go from Los Angeles to Hong Kong, the Wall Street Journal reports. The 8,000 mile cable project is reported to be supported by Google, Facebook Inc. and “a Chinese partner.”

A Military Commissions prosecutor revealed that the former prison commander at Guantánamo Bay, who was fired in April, was let go because of his mishandling of classified information, the Times details.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s announcement on Wednesday that he would suspend Parliament has prompted widespread condemnation from opposition lawmakers and some resignations from within Johnson’s Conservative party, according to the Times.

ICYMI: Yesterday on Lawfare

Margaret Taylor explained how Congress has approached the various challenges presented by U.S. deployment of 5G technology and offered her predictions about what the 116th Congress will accomplish on 5G before January 2021.

Peter E. Harrell broke down some of the history of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA), referenced by President Trump on Twitter, and proposed certain reforms for the 1977 statue.

Jen Patja Howell shared this week’s episode of Rational Security which includes a special guest, Brookings scholar and Brexit expert Amanda Sloat. Tamara Cofman Wittes, Shane Harris, Susan Hennessey and Benjamin Wittes also discussed the G7 summit and a recent Washington Post report that Trump said he would pardon aides who broke the law to build his border wall.

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