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Senate Intelligence Committee Report on Russian Active Measures: Part Two

The Senate Intelligence Committee released a redacted report on Russian active measures campaigns in the 2016 election. This document, reportedly the second of five volumes, is titled, “Volume 2: Russia's Use of Social Media with Additional Views.” The complete document is available here and below.

The Ukraine Connection

House Committees Subpoena Department of Defense and Office of Management and Budget for Ukraine Documents

The chairmen of three House Committees— Oversight and Reform, Intelligence and Foreign Affairs—sent similar letters to subpoena documents from Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and Acting Director of the Office of Management and Budget Russell Vought.

Executive Power

Federal District Court Dismisses Trump Lawsuit Over Tax Returns, Trump Appeals

Judge Victor Marrero of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York dismissed Presdent Trump's lawsuit in federal court over the Manhattan District Attorney's efforts to obtain his tax returns. The president immediately appealed the case to the U.S.

The Ukraine Connection

House Committees Subpoena White House for Ukraine Documents

Chairman Elijah E. Cummings of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, Chairman Adam Schiff of the House Intelligence Committee and Chairman Eliot Engel of the House Foreign Affairs Committee sent a subpoena to the White House for the production of documents related to the committees' ongoing impeachment inquiry.

The Ukraine Connection

House Chairmen Request Documents from Vice President Pence

The chairmen of three House committees—Oversight and Reform, Foreign Affairs and Intelligence—requested the production of several documents from Vice President Mike Pence related to his involvement in the Ukraine scandal. The chairmens’ letter references recent news reports that sparked questions about Pence’s role in the administration’s pressuring of the Ukrainian government. The letter is available here and below.

The Ukraine Connection

Congress Releases Ukraine-Related Text Messages

Thursday evening, the chairmen of the three House Committees—Oversight and Reform, Foreign Affairs and Intelligence—released text messages provided by Kurt Volker, the former U.S. special envoy for Ukraine, as part of the impeachment inquiry into President Trump’s efforts to encourage Ukrainian officials to initiate an investigation of his possible political opponents in the 2020 presidential election.

Executive Power

Justice Department Filing in New York Trump Tax Returns Case

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) filed a statement of interest in the case involving President Trump’s challenge to Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr.’s subpoena for the partial release of Trump’s tax returns. The brief argues that the case ought to be resolved in federal as opposed to state court.

espionage

DOJ Charges American Citizen with Acting as an Illegal Agent of China

The Department of Justice unsealed a criminal complaint against Xuehua "Edward" Peng for acting as an illegal foreign agent. The complaint alleges that Peng handed over U.S. national security information to officials from China’s Ministry of State Security (MSS). Extensive details of the FBI's counterintelligence investigation against Peng are also included in the complaint, which can be read here.

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