Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today's Headlines and Commentary

By Gordon Ahl
Tuesday, December 10, 2019, 2:34 PM

House Democrats released draft articles of impeachment against President Trump, stating that he “ignored and injured the interests of the Nation,” reports the New York Times. The resolution from the Judiciary Committee contains two articles: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

On Tuesday morning, President Trump criticized FBI Director Christopher Wray for the director’s comments on the report from the Justice Department Inspector General, reports the Washington Post. Trump tweeted that Wray “will never be able to fix the FBI.”

Congressional Democrats and the White House are nearing an agreement to vote on the revised United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, according to the Times. The revised version of the North American free trade deal has additional labor and enforcement provisions.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky met face-to-face in Paris on Monday, according to the BBC. They agreed to implement a “full and comprehensive” ceasefire by the end of the year in eastern Ukraine, but Zelensky said he had hoped for more.

Starting on Wednesday, the World Trade Organization (WTO) will effectively lose its ability to intervene in trade wars due to the U.S. blocking appointments to the WTO’s Appellate Body, according to Reuters.

Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar, a Nobel Peace Prize recipient, is leading Myanmar’s defense against charges of genocide in proceedings before the International Court of Justice that start on Tuesday, reports the Times.

ICYMI: Yesterday on Lawfare

Benjamin Wittes analyzed the major findings of the Justice Department Inspector General’s report and how they undermine previous claims made by the president and others. Mikhaila Fogel posted the full Inspector General report. Fogel also posted statements about the report from Attorney General William Barr, U.S. Attorney John Durham, FBI Director Christopher Wray and President Trump.

Susan Hennessey argued that the House should include an article of impeachment related to an episode detailed in the Mueller report where the president pushed White House counsel Don McGahn to falsify evidence.

Elena Kagan shared a “No Bull” episode of The Lawfare Podcast, featuring all the substantive exchanges from Monday’s House Judiciary Committee impeachment hearing. Fogel livestreamed the full Judiciary Committee hearing.

Seth Barrett Tillman suggested that the Senate rules on impeachment do not require a full trial and that the Senate votes separately on removal and disqualification.

Jack Goldsmith posted the Summer 2019 Supplement for “Bradley, Deeks, & Goldsmith, Foreign Relations Law: Cases and Materials.”

David Priess announced a new Lawfare e-book titled “The Troubled U.S.-NATO Relationship.”

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