On Friday, a New York Times report alleged that deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein suggested wearing a wire to secretly record the president and discussed invoking the 25th Amendment. Jack Goldsmith shared his initial thoughts on the revelations.
President Trump signed an executive order last Wednesday that authorized sanctions in response to foreign interference in American elections. Ed Stein provided a comprehensive analysis of the order while Megan Reiss discussed its likely effectiveness.
Suzanne Spaulding and Harvey Rishikof raised concerns about Russia’s ability to erode America’s faith in the justice system through coordinated information operations.
On Monday, the Trump Administration applied to the Supreme Court for an emergency stay of a district court order in litigation related to the transgender servicemember ban.
The Department of Defense released a summary of its 2018 Cyber Strategy Report, and Dave Weinstein offered his take on the document. The next day, the White House released a 40-page document on its own national cyber strategy.
Stewart Baker posted this week’s episode of the Cyberlaw Podcast, in which Michael Chertoff discussed his book “Exploding Data: Reclaiming Our Cyber Security in the Digital Age”:
Nick Blanchette provided a thorough analysis of the contents of the House and Senate intelligence committees’ intelligence authorization bills for fiscal year 2019.
Robert Chesney and Steve Vladeck posted the National Security Law Podcast, which included a deep dive on the history of military commissions:
On the Lawfare Podcast, Benjamin Wittes sat down with Bruce Schneier to discuss his latest book, "Click Here to Kill Everybody: Security and Survival in a Hyper-connected World":
David Stanton and Wenqing Zhao rounded up this week’s U.S.-China policy news after Trump imposed tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods.
On Rational Security, Shane Harris, Susan Hennessey, Tamara Cofman Wittes, and Benjamin Wittes tackled Paul Manafort’s guilty plea and Trump’s declassification order:
In this week’s Middle East Ticker, J. Dana Stuster updated us after Russia and Turkey reached an agreement in Syria and the United States withdrew plans for Trump to chair a United Nations security council meeting on Iran. Kim Cragin questioned whether the United States should maintain a military presence in Syria and Iraq. And Amanda Sloat argued that the United States and Turkey should return to diplomatic talks rather than a strongman showdown.
Finally, Benjamin Wittes posted a job announcement for a Lawfare Director of Operations.
And that was the week that was.