Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today's Headlines and Commentary

By Jacob Schulz
Thursday, December 12, 2019, 2:20 PM

The House Judiciary Committee is holding a markup of H. Res. 755, the draft articles of impeachment against President Donald J. Trump. The Committee voted against an effort to remove the abuse of power article, according to the Times. Lawfare is providing a livestream of the session here.

As the U.S. and China work toward a new trade deal, the U.S. has offered to cut existing tariffs by as much as 50 percent, the Journal explains. American negotiators have also offered to cancel a new round of tariffs set to take effect this Sunday.

Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper cautioned that a Turkish plan to settle refugees in areas formerly controlled by once-U.S. backed Syrian Kurdish forces will cause “turmoil” in the region, the Post reports.

One of the suspects in a Jersey City shooting that appeared to target people in a Kosher supermarket had a history of anti-semitic posts on Facebook and other sites, the Times details.

Brits head to the polls today to vote in a general election with important implications for Brexit and domestic welfare issues, according to the Times.

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the de facto leader of Myanmar, testified before the International Criminal Court in proceedings to determine whether judges need to issue an emergency order in order to protect Rohingya Muslims, an ethnic group subject to large scale violence and repression. Suu claimed Myanmar’s government was actually trying to help the marginalized group, yet never said the word “Rohingya” in her testimony, the Times reports.

Federal prosecutors have asked a judge to revoke the bail of Rudolph’s Giuliani’s associate Lev Parnas after Parnas gave three different false accountings of his finances, the Post details. Parnas allegedly omitted a $1 million 2019 payment from a Russian bank account used to finance a home and personal expenses.

The House of Representatives passed the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act on Wednesday, according to the Post.

In Niger, several hundred Islamic militants attacked a Nigerien military base and killed 71 soldiers, Reuters reports.

ICYMI: Yesterday on Lawfare

Scott R. Anderson, Susan Hennessey, Quinta Jurecic, Margaret Taylor and Benjamin Wittes proposed line edits to the draft articles of impeachment.

Jen Patja Howell shared the latest edition of Rational Security, featuring Shane Harris, Susan Hennessey, Tamara Cofman Wittes and Benjamin Wittes. The group discussed the Inspector General’s report, impeachment developments and the Washington Post reporting on Afghanistan.

Brian Greer evaluated the factual claims in The Report, a film about the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s so-called Torture Report.

Samantha Fry detailed the status of various cases before federal courts in which the federal government or its local counterparts are seeking information from the Trump administration.

Charles Edel explained how the framers intended for impeachment to be used to protect national security.

Mikhaila Fogel posted a livestream of Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on his report about the Russia investigation.

Elena Kagan shared a Bonus Edition of the Lawfare Podcast featuring No Bull audio from the hearing.

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