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Department of Homeland Security

House Committees Request Review of Succession at Department of Homeland Security

On Nov. 15, the House Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee and acting Chairwoman of the Oversight and Reform Committee sent a letter to the Government Accountability Office. The letter requests a review of whether the Federal Vacancies and Reform Act was violated in the recently updated process of succession at the Department of Homeland Security. The document is available here and below.

The Ukraine Connection

Transcript of First Conversation between Trump and Zelensky in April

The White House released a rough transcript of a phone call between President Trump and President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine from April 21, 2019. Trump made this call to congratulate Zelensky on his election victory. The transcript of the July 25 call can be read here. The newly released April transcript can be found here and below.

Social Media

Two Massachusetts Men Charged with Cybercrimes

On Nov. 14 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, Eric Meiggs and Declan Harrington were charged with wire fraud, computer fraud and aggravated identity theft, among other charges. The indictment alleges an extensive nationwide scheme to steal victims' social media accounts and cryptocurrency. The full indictment is available here and below.

Data Protection

Russian Credit Card Fraud Suspect Finally Appears in U.S. Federal Court

On Nov. 12, Russian national Aleksei Yurievich Burkov made an initial court appearance in Alexandria, Virginia. The appearance followed his extradition from Israel that had faced strong opposition from Russian officials. The indictment from 2016 alleges that Burkov ran a website called Cardplanet that contributed to more than $20 million in credit card fraud.

Executive Power

D.C. Circuit Court Denies Trump Rehearing in Mazars Case

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has denied President Trump's petition for a rehearing en banc in Donald J. Trump v. Mazars, LLP et al. The order was issued per curiam with Judges Karen Henderson, Gregory Katsas and Neomi Rao dissenting. The court also denied a motion for a panel rehearing. Both orders can be view below.

Denial of Rehearing En Banc

Congress

Livestream: House Armed Services Committee Hearing on the F-35 Program

On Nov. 13, the House Armed Services Subcommittees on Readiness and Tactical Air and Land Forces will hold a joint hearing on the F-35 program. The hearing will feature testimony from Ellen Lord, the undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment; Robert Behler, the director of operational test and evaluation in the office of the secretary of defense; Lt. Gen.

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