The Week That Was

The Week That Was: All of Lawfare in One Post

By Victoria Clark
Saturday, August 11, 2018, 8:18 AM

President Trump surprised many legal experts on Sunday when he tweeted that the purpose of the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting was “to get information on an opponent.” Bob Bauer outlined the many ways that the president’s tweet could hurt his legal defense.

Bauer and Jack Goldsmith also shared their complementary articles on the experience of being the president’s lawyer during a time of crisis.

Victoria Clark, Matthew Kahn, Mikhaila Fogel, Quinta Jurecic, and Benjamin Wittes offered their analysis of the latest twist in a L'Affaire Russe subplot: Peter Smith and the case of the 33,000 missing emails. Wittes also sat down with Anthony Cormier, one of the Buzzfeed reporters who broke the story, and David Kris for a special edition of the Lawfare Podcast to unpack it all:

On the "Ask Us Anything" edition of Rational Security, Jurecic, Shannon Togawa Mercer, Tamara Cofman Wittes and Benjamin Wittes answered all of the questions you’ve ever wanted to ask about national security, Shannon’s cat, and a coat made of live puffins:

A federal judge issued two opinions on Monday in the transgender service member ban case, removing President Trump as a party and denying the defendants’ motion to dismiss.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Appeals Court for the D.C. Circuit denied the habeas petition of Guantanamo detainee Moath Hamza Ahmed al-Alawi. On the National Security Law Podcast, Robert Chesney and Steve Vladeck dove deep on a different Guantanamo detention case: Hamdi v. Rumsfeld.

J. Dana Stuster examined how a single tweet led Saudi Arabia to expel the Canadian ambassador on this week’s Middle East Ticker.

Tehilla Shwartz Altshuler and Rachel Aridor-Hershkovitz predicted the implications if the Knesset passes a proposed social-media censorship bill.

Suzanne Maloney analyzed Tehran’s possible motivations for sitting down to talk with Donald Trump.

And Elena Chachko and Amichai Cohen explained the Knesset's latest amendment to the Israeli Supreme Court’s jurisdiction over West Bank cases.

The Lawfare Podcast featured a discussion on a new Center for Strategic and International Studies report that details the myriad challenges of digital evidence:

Molly McKrew questioned whether the Senate has the power to constrain the president in matters of foreign policy.

Kathleen Claussen predicated that Congress may get involved in trade matters as the trade war escalates.

Stewart Baker interviewed Joseph Nye on this week’s Cyberlaw Podcast:

Wenqing Zhao and David Stanton rounded up recent news in the U.S.-China tech policy world. Evelyn Douek took a closer look at two recent proposals to regulate tech companies, one from the U.S. and one from the U.K. And Jon Michels presented his proposal on the proper role of tech giants.

Klon Kitchen led a discussion on “deep fakes” with Chesney, Danielle Citron, and Chris Bregler on the Lawfare Podcast:

Daniel Byman announced the latest edition of the Aegis Paper Series from the Hoover Institution, which proposes an Intelligence Reserve Corps.

Steve Slick reviewed Loch Johnson’s book “Spy Watching: Intelligence Accountability in the United States.”

And Amber Herrle predicted that this weekend's Nazi rally in Washington DC will be a bust.

And that was the week that was.