Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today's Headlines and Commentary

By Gordon Ahl
Thursday, December 19, 2019, 3:17 PM

On Wednesday evening, the House voted in favor of two articles of impeachment against President Trump, reports the New York Times. Two Democrats opposed both articles of impeachment, while a third Democrat opposed only the article on obstruction of Congress.

Following the vote, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi signaled that the House may temporarily withhold sending the articles to the Senate in an attempt to gain leverage in forthcoming negotiations over procedural aspects of the Senate trial, according to the Times.

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a pair of orders after the impeachment vote, reports Politico. The court requested that House lawyers indicate whether they are still pursuing testimony from former White House Counsel Don McGahn and certain grand jury materials from the Mueller Report.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated that he would be willing to testify in a Senate impeachment trial if required to do so by law, says Reuters.

The Justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security proposed new regulations that would disqualify asylum applicants with criminal convictions, reports the Washington Post.

Police arrested a Chinese woman at Mar-a-Lago for allegedly trespassing and attempting to take pictures of the president’s club, according to NBC News.

In New Delhi and other cities across India, police detained hundreds of protesters and ordered mobile carriers to suspend internet services in some places as demonstrations continued against the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act, reports Reuters.

After Nicola Sturgeon’s Scottish National Party won 48 of Scotland’s 59 seats in the U.K. Parliamentary elections last week, she transmitted a request to the U.K. government for another referendum on Scottish independence, according to the BBC. Prime Minister Boris Johnson remains opposed to holding the referendum.

Poland’s Supreme Court issued a warning that the country may be legally obligated to leave the European Union if the Polish Parliament approves new policies that would make it possible to fire Polish judges who do not approve of judicial changes that elevate Polish national law over E.U. law, reports the Post.

ICYMI: Yesterday on Lawfare

Lisa Kaplan analyzed the content and data of TheSoulPublishing, a massive social media company that occasionally shares pro-Russia posts.

Jen Patja Howell shared this week’s episode of Rational Security, which covers the format a Senate impeachment trial might take, U.S. officials controversially assisting with UAE domestic surveillance systems and a FISA judge ordering changes in FBI procedures.

Robert Chesney explained a new provision in the NDAA that will fine-tune the range of military cyber operations subject to the 48-hour notification requirement.

Joshua R. Fattal discussed the Justice Department’s use of the Foreign Agents Registration Act to target foreign-based anonymous disinformation actors on social media.

Jacob Schulz posted a court ruling that said Edward Snowden cannot collect the proceeds from his new book.

Quinta Jurecic livestreamed Wednesday's proceedings in the House on the articles of impeachment. Gordon Ahl livestreamed a Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee hearing with the Justice Department inspector general on his recent report.

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