Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today’s Headlines and Commentary

By Elliot Setzer
Tuesday, January 28, 2020, 11:33 AM

As the Senate impeachment trial moves into its seventh day, a handful of Republicans, including Senators Mitt Romney, Susan Collins and Patrick Toomey, appear to be moving closer to joining Democrats in a vote to subpoena John Bolton, according to The New York Times. Inside the Senate chamber yesterday, Trump’s lawyers attacked former vice president Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden over their involvement in Ukraine.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu withdrew his request for official immunity from prosecution on corruption charges minutes before the Israeli parliament was set to convene a committee expected to strip it from him. Israel’s attorney general filed criminal indictments against Netayahu for bribery, breach of trust and fraud in Jerusalem’s District Court, reports the Washington Post.

President Trump will unveil his Middle East peace plan at the White House on Tuesday, a detailed blueprint outlining the administration’s ideas regarding core issues on borders, security and Jerusalem. Those already briefed on the contents described the plan as tilting heavily toward the Israeli position, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Boris Johnson approved the use of equipment made by “high-risk vendors,” including Chinese firm Huawei, for Britain’s 5G network, though they would be restricted from accessing “sensitive core” parts of the network, reports Politico.

The U.S. military confirmed one of its planes crashed in the eastern Afghan province of Ghazni on Monday, but disputed Taliban claims that the aircraft was brought down by enemy fire, according to Reuters. The United States on Tuesday recovered the remains of two persons believed to be U.S. service members and is in the process of confirming their identities.

ICYMI: Yesterday on Lawfare

Jonathan Shaub argued that the Senate should not justify ignoring John Bolton on the grounds that it needs to protect executive privilege.

Hadley Baker shared the livestream of the sixth day of the Senate impeachment trial.

Jeffrey Feltman analyzed what to expect from a new Lebanese government.

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