Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today's Headlines and Commentary

By Gordon Ahl
Wednesday, December 11, 2019, 2:53 PM

Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz is testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday about his new report on the FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane investigation, reports the Washington Post. Lawfare is livestreaming the hearing here.

On Tuesday, President Trump met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in the White House, reports the Post. At a press conference, Trump said he warned Lavrov not to interfere in U.S. elections, but Lavrov later suggested this issue was only raised during a separate meeting with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

A shooting in Jersey City left 4 dead, including one police officer, the New York Times reports. The two assailants, who were killed in a shoot-out with police, appeared to target a Kosher supermarket.

After House Democrats backed the revised U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, the trade deal was signed in Mexico City by U.S. trade representative Robert Lightizer and representatives of Canada and Mexico, according to the Wall Street Journal.

In the wake of a shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola last week, the Pentagon has suspended all non-classroom training for Saudi military students, reports the New York Times. The decision affects nearly 900 Saudi students across the United States.

Taliban militants set off a car bomb at the Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan, according to the Times. After the bomb went off, a firefight ensued and the violence ultimately killed at least two people and wounded 73.

A federal judge in Texas blocked the Trump administration’s attempt to divert military construction funds from the Pentagon to construct portions of the border wall, reports CNN.

The Times reports that the Indian Parliament is set to consider new data protection legislation that would restrict how corporations can collect and use citizens’ information in a way comparable to recently enacted European standards.

India’s parliament has signed off on a bill that extends citizenship to non-Muslim illegal immigrants from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan, the BBC reports. Critics have decried the legislation as discriminatory against Muslims.

ICYMI: Yesterday on Lawfare

Jen Patja Howell shared the latest episode of The Lawfare Podcast, in which Benjamin Wittes sat down with Margaret Taylor, Quinta Jurecic, David Kris and Jack Goldsmith to talk about the new articles of impeachment and the inspector general’s report.

Scott R. Anderson, Susan Hennessey, Quinta Jurecic, Margaret Taylor and Benjamin Wittes discussed the apparent strategic choices made in drafting the articles of impeachment.

Robert Chesney explained how new language in the pending NDAA adds to an emergent legal framework for “gray zone” competition in the cyber domain.

William Ford discussed three different views on Russian sanctions put forward by senators in a recent Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing.

Stewart Baker shared the latest episode of the Cyberlaw Podcast in which his panelists discuss whether the FISA Section 215 metadata program should be ended, among other topics.

Jeb Rubenfeld continued a debate with Alan Rozenshtein over whether websites like Google and Facebook should be treated as state actors.

Gordon Ahl posted a lawsuit filed by former FBI lawyer Lisa Page against the Justice Department and FBI for alleged illegal disclosure of her information to the media.

Ahl also posted the articles of impeachment released by House Democrats.

Ahl also posted the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2020.

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