Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today's Headlines and Commentary

By Hannah Kris
Friday, January 17, 2020, 3:49 PM

Ukraine’s prime minister has submitted his resignation after a recording surfaced in which he appeared to disparage Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s grasp of economics, reports the Wall Street Journal.

Eleven U.S. troops were treated for concussions following the Jan. 8 missile strike launched by Iran against two Iraqi bases, according to the New York Times. The latest report by the military contradicted earlier statements made by President Trump that no service members were injured.

Attorney General William Barr’s criticism of tech companies—notably of Apple following government efforts to unlock two iPhones belonging to the Saudi national who killed three people at a Pensacola military base in December—has drawn the concern of some senior officials in the FBI, reports the Journal. The officials are worried that Barr’s criticism will harm relationships between tech companies and the government and that the Pensacola case was the wrong case to press on encryption.

On Thursday, the seven House managers formally presented the articles of impeachment to the Senate, says to the Washington Post.

Trump has added Kenneth Starr and Alan Dershowitz to his legal team for the Senate impeachment trial, reports the Times.

ICYMI: Yesterday on Lawfare

Bob Bauer criticized Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s statements condemning the Senate impeachment trial as a “nightmarish” precedent.

Jhalak M. Kakkar examined India’s new Citizenship Amendment Act and its ramifications for Muslim migrants.

Hadley Baker posted a decision by the Government Accountability Office asserting that the Trump administration had violated the law when it withheld aid to Ukraine.

Rachel Westrate analyzed the Federal Reserve system’s considerations of the economic impact of climate change.

Jen Patja Howell shared the newest edition of the Lawfare Podcast’s Arbiters of Truth series,which features Evelyn Douek, Bobby Chesney, Danielle Citron, and Quinta Jurecic discussing the impact of deepfakes and other less sophisticated forms of editing.

Hilary Hurd considered the historical definition of an impeachable offense.

Hannah Kris shared a livestream of the swearing in of all senators in the Trump impeachment trial.

Lester Munson shared the latest episode of the Fault Linespodcast, which features Dana Stroul, Jamil Jaffer, Jodi Herman and Lester Munson discussing the fallout from the Soleimani strike.

Robert Chesney and Steve Vladeck shared the 150th episode of the National Security Law Podcast, which features Robert Chesney, Steve Vladeck and Christopher Krebs, the Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.

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