Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today's Headlines and Commentary

By Gordon Ahl
Tuesday, December 3, 2019, 2:53 PM

The House Intelligence Committee released an impeachment report ahead of an expected Tuesday evening vote to send it to the House Judiciary Committee, reports the New York Times. Republicans released their own report on Monday arguing against impeachment.

Attorney General William Barr has said privately that he disagrees with one of the main conclusions in a forthcoming report from the Justice Department’s inspector general, according to the Washington Post. Barr disputes the finding that the FBI had sufficient information in July 2016 to launch an investigation into members of the Trump campaign.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit ruled that Deutsche Bank and Capital One must comply with House subpoenas for the release of the president’s financial information, reports the Post.

U.S. District Court Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson rejected a request from the Justice Department to put a long stay on her previous opinion that required former White House Counsel Don McGahn to comply with a congressional subpoena to testify, reports Politico.

On Monday, the Trump administration informed Congress that a hold on $105 million in military aid to Lebanon had been lifted, reports the Times. The cause of the monthslong hold is still unknown.

The NATO 70th anniversary summit began in London with President Trump slamming French President Emmanuel Macron for his recent criticism of the state of the alliance, according to the Post.

A class-action lawsuit filed by a college student in California accused TikTok of transferring private user data to servers in China, reports Reuters. TikTok, a popular video-sharing app, has maintained that all U.S. user data is stored in the United States with backups in Singapore.

The Times reports that scientists in China are seeking to develop a method to use a DNA sample to create an image of a person’s face.

ICYMI: Yesterday on Lawfare

Hilary Hurd and Benjamin Wittes considered what a Senate impeachment trial of President Trump would look like under the specified rules of procedure.

Eric Halliday and Rachael Hanna discussed the Trump administration’s proposal to loosen export controls on small-arms.

Eric Halliday summarized the deposition testimony of Mark Sandy.

Samantha Fry summarized the deposition testimony of Philip Reeker.

Jacob Schulz shared the House Republicans’ report on impeachment evidence.

Schulz also posted a district court’s decision to deny the stay in the Don McGahn case.

Gordon Ahl posted a letter from the White House counsel that said that the White House would not participate in Wednesday’s impeachment hearing but reserved the right to participate in future hearings.

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