Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today's Headlines and Commentary

By Hadley Baker, Elliot Setzer
Thursday, February 13, 2020, 11:03 AM

Attorney General William Barr has agreed to testify before the House Judiciary Committee in late March. Democrats are expected to press Barr on the sentencing of Roger Stone and the arrangement for the President’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani to provide information on Ukraine, reports CNN.

The Senate is set to pass a bipartisan resolution this week to limit President Trump’s authority to launch military operations against Iran. The War Powers resolution, introduced by Sen. Tim Kaine, is not likely to garner enough support to overturn a likely Trump veto, according to Politico.

A Syrian was killed yesterday when Assad government supporters attacked American troops in northeastern Syria, prompting a rare clash, writes the Associated Press.

In a statement on Wednesday, the State Department issued Iraq a 45-day sanctions waiver, allowing it to continue importing Iranian gas and electricity supplies to meet its short-term energy needs while it “takes steps to reduce its dependence on Iranian energy imports,” reports the Washington Post.

The leaders of the Hubei province and the city of Wuhan were fired on Thursday amid widespread anger over the handling of the coronavirus, writes the New York Times. The overall death toll rose to 1,367 with over 242 deaths announced on Thursday.

ICYMI: Yesterday on Lawfare

Jen Patja Howell shared the most recent episode of Rational Security, in which Shane Harris, Susan Hennessey, Quinta Jurecic and Benjamin Wittes discuss the Roger Stone case and the White House purge of officials who testified in Trump’s impeachment trial.

Bobby Chesney and Steve Vladeck shared an episode of the National Security Law Podcast covering Trump’s pressuring of the Justice Department and an overview of federal quarantine law.

Thomas Bollyky and Samantha Kiernana argued that no nation can fight coronavirus on its own.

Alan Z. Rozenshtein criticized the EARN IT Act and made the case that if Congress wants to restrict end-to-end encryption it should do so directly, not through the Justice Department.

Preston Lim analyzed Prime Minister Trudeau’s campaign for a U.N. Security Council seat and Canada’s response to the coronavirus epidemic.

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