Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today's Headlines and Commentary

By Gordon Ahl
Wednesday, December 4, 2019, 11:59 AM

On Wednesday morning, the House Judiciary Committee is holding an impeachment hearing with four constitutional scholars, which is being livestreamed here on Lawfare.

With a party-line vote, the House Intelligence Committee sent their impeachment report to the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday evening, according to the Washington Post. The report included new records of phone conversations, including between Rep. Devin Nunes and Lev Parnas, an associate of Rudy Giuliani.

President Trump criticized Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as “two-faced” after a video was released in which several foreign leaders appeared to mock Trump in a private conversation at the NATO meeting in London, reports Politico.

The House of Representatives passed the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act, which requests a tougher response from the Trump administration on Chinese detention centers and crackdown in Xinjiang, reports CNN.

The U.S. Navy awarded the largest-ever shipbuilding contract, over $22 billion, for nine nuclear-powered submarines, according to CNN. Carl Schuster, a former director of operations at the US Pacific Command's Joint Intelligence Center, claims the deal is in response to China’s expanding military power.

Larry Page and Sergey Brin are stepping down from executive roles at Alphabet, the parent company of Google, with Sundar Pichai, the current CEO of Google, taking over leadership of both Google and Alphabet, reports the New York Times.

ICYMI: Yesterday on Lawfare

Jen Patja Howell shared the latest episode of The Lawfare Podcast, in which Benjamin Wittes sat down with Senator Tim Kaine (D.-Va.) to discuss war powers, military deployments to Saudi Arabia and the impeachment inquiry.

Dan Maurer argued that presidents should limit their use of pardons for war crimes.

Gordon Ahl shared the House Intelligence Committee’s impeachment report.

Jacob Schulz posted the Second Circuit’s denial of President Trump’s attempt to block the release of his financial records by Deutsche Bank.

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