Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today's Headlines and Commentary

By Hannah Kris
Friday, January 10, 2020, 2:13 PM

A resolution that would prevent President Trump from taking additional military action against Iran—unless Congress authorized war or there was “an imminent armed attack upon the United States”—was passed by the House of Representatives on Thursday,

reports the Washington Post. A similar resolution put forward by Sen. Tim Kaine (D.-Va.) is still outstanding in the Senate.

The Trump administration has imposed additional sanctions on Iran’s metal industries and eight senior national security officials in response to the country’s missile attacks on two bases in Iraq containing U.S. troops, according to the Post.

The U.S. State Department rejected Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi’s request that U.S. delegation be sent to Iraq to prepare for the removal of American troops, according to the New York Times. The Iraqi parliament voted on Sunday to pass a non-binding resolution calling for the removal of American troops from Iraqi soil. The delegation will instead discuss, said the State Department, “appropriate force posture in the Middle East.”

The Iranian government denied claims that the Ukrainian airliner that crashed outside of Tehran on Wednesday was hit by an Iranian missile and urged the U.S. and Canadian governments to share any intelligence they have on the crash, reports Politico. Western leaders have said that the plane was most likely unintentionally hit by Iranian surface-to-air missiles. The crash killed all 176 people aboard the plane.

A woman in Queens, New York, has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for her role in a plot to build a bomb for use in a terrorist attack, according to the Times. The woman, Asia Siddiqui, and another defendant Noelle Velentzas were arrested in April 2015 after an undercover investigation.

A Justice Department inquiry into Hillary Clinton that started after President Trump raised concerns about alleged corruption has ended with no results of consequence, reports the Post.

Judge Timothy Kelly of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ordered the Federal Trade Commission and Facebook to file written responses to privacy advocate groups critical of the landmark $5 billion settlement reached between the parties in July, according to the Wall Street Journal. The settlement, which Facebook agreed to pay in response to allegations of privacy violations, is still under review, and several groups have criticized the settlement as inadequate.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced in a letter to House Democrats that she has asked “Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler to be prepared to bring to the Floor next week a resolution to appoint managers and transmit articles of impeachment to the Senate,reports Politico. Pelosi had sought to press Senate Republicans into agreeing to hear new witnesses and evidence.

ICYMI: Yesterday on Lawfare

Scott R. Anderson and Margaret Taylor analyzed two congressional resolutions calling for limits on President Trump’s use of military force in Iran.

Herb Lin examined the tactics of the U.S. Cyber Command in resisting Russian election interference.

Hadley Baker looked into how different members of Congress responded to President Trump’s handling of Iran.

Jen Patja Howell shared a new episode of The Lawfare Podcast in which Quinta Jurecic sat down with Evelyn Douek, Kate Kloncik and Alina Polyakova to discuss how disinformation will feature in the year to come.

Baker also shared two letters submitted to the U.N. by the U.S. and Iranian ambassadors to the U.N. claiming—respectively–that the killing of Qassem Soleimani and the targeting of a military base in Iraq were self-defense measures under Article 51 of the U.N. Charter.

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