The Week That Was

The Week That Was: All of Lawfare in One Post

By Vishnu Kannan
Saturday, July 13, 2019, 10:04 AM

On Friday, Susan Hennessey and Benjamin Wittes announced a new podcast documentary series coming soon from Lawfare entitled, The Report—which will cover in serial form the story of the Mueller report. Here's the trailer:

In advance of Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s testimony to the House Judiciary Committee, Benjamin Wittes offered some advice to members of Congress on how to question Mueller during his scheduled appearance.

Margaret Taylor proposed that Congress change the format of committee hearings for Mueller’s testimony.

Quinta Jurecic provided a framework for Congress to think about Mueller’s upcoming testimony.

She also shared Ann Donaldson’s written responses to questions from the House Judiciary Committee.

Vishnu Kannan shared a livestream of a House Judiciary Committee hearing titled, “Lessons from the Mueller Report, Part III: Constitutional Processes for Addressing Presidential Misconduct.”

He also shared the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia’s ruling in United States of America v. Concord Management & Consulting LLC, which decided that the release of the Mueller report violated a local rule of criminal procedure.

Jen Patja Howell shared the most recent episode of the Lawfare Podcast, in which Margaret Taylor spoke with Austin Evers and Michael Stern about congressional oversight of the executive branch and related pending litigation:

Vishnu Kannan shared a decision out of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan by Judge Victoria A. Roberts, denying the government’s motion to dismiss in Arab American Civil Rights League et al. v. Donald Trump et al.

Kemal Kirisci and Omer Taspinar analyzed the fallout of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s move to redo mayoral elections in Istanbul.

Omar Rahman offered his view on the recent Trump administration proposal for economic development in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, writing that it provides an opportunity for Palestine to do more than simply reject the plan by instead developing a realistic alternative.

Liron Libman examined whether Israel’s limiting of Gaza’s fishing zones constitutes occupation under international law.

Tamar Hostovsky Brandes and Idit Shafran Gittleman explored how a controversial decision from the Israeli Supreme Court could test the court's ability to withstand political attacks.

Paras Shah analyzed a U.N. Security Council resolution on protecting people with disabilities in armed conflict.

Benjamin Wittes argued that British Ambassador Sir Kim Darroch has behaved like a model diplomat.

Jen Patja Howell shared the most recent episode of Rational Security in which Tamara Cofman Wittes, Shane Harris, Susan Hennessey and Benjamin Wittes discussed Ambassador Darroch’s resignation, the connection between the Seth Rich conspiracy theory and a Russian intelligence agency and more:

Kim Cragin assessed the effectiveness of Western security agencies at preventing homegrown violent extremist plots.

Jen Patja Howell also shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast, in which Benjamin Wittes spoke with Dan Byman to discuss his latest book, “Road Warriors: Foreign Fighters in the Armies of Jihad”:

Vishnu Kannan shared the National Security Agency’s unclassified semi-annual report to Congress.

He also examined recent reporting on U.S. Cyber Command’s actions against Iranian targets.

Charles Duan asked whether patents protect national security.

Stewart Baker shared an episode of the Cyberlaw Podcast, featuring an interview with Glenn Reynolds on his new book “The Social Media Upheaval,” and a roundup of news including recent political developments regarding facial recognition, the Chinese government installing malware on the phones of travelers to the Xinjiang region and more:

Mieke Eoyang, Ben Freeman, Ryan Pougiales, Benjamin Wittes shared the June 2019 results of their poll on public confidence in national security matters.

Steve Slick, Joshua Busby, Kingsley Burns shared results from their recent poll on public confidence in U.S. intelligence.

Preston Lim shared a news round-up of Canadian national security issues.

Heather Hurlburt and Tamara Cofman Wittes wrote that achieving gender parity in national security appointments is crucial to breaking the cycle of discrimination and overcoming pressing security challenges.

Bobby Chesney announced the 10th National Security Law Workshop.

Chesney and Steve Vladeck also shared the most recent episode of the National Security Law Podcast, in which the two discuss a reissued ruling in Doe v. Mattis, border wall litiation, and more:

And that was the week that was.