The Week That Was

The Week That Was: All of Lawfare in One Post

By Vishnu Kannan
Saturday, July 27, 2019, 7:56 AM

On Friday, Susan Hennessey and Benjamin Wittes shared the second episode of The Report, Lawfare’s podcast series telling the story contained in Robert Mueller’s 448-page report. The series is available on all major podcast distribution services:

The day before Mueller’s testimony before the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees, Jen Patja Howell shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast in which David Priess spoke with Molly Reynolds, Margaret Taylor and Benjamin Wittes to discuss former special counsel’s upcoming testimony:

Hadley Baker and Mikhaila Fogel shared a list of everything the Mueller report says President Trump did, said or knew.

On Wednesday Vishnu Kannan shared the livestreams of Mueller testifying before both the judiciary and intelligence committees.

Immediately following the hearings, Scott Anderson, Hadley Baker, Mikhaila Fogel, Susan Hennessey, Quinta Jurecic, Vishnu Kannan, Eugenia Lostri, David Priess, Margaret Taylor and Benjamin Wittes analyzed Mueller’s testimony and its implications for Congress’s next steps.

Mikhaila Fogel also shared an emergency edition of the Lawfare Podcast, in which contributors discussed Mueller’s testimony and his legacy, as well as what the hearing might mean for Congress and the President:

On Thursday, Jen Patja Howell shared the most recent episode of Rational Security, in which Tamara Coffman Wittes, Shane Harris, Susan Hennessey and Benjamin Wittes discuss Mueller’s testimony and its implications for the future:

In other national security-related congressional activity, FBI Director Christopher Wray testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee in a hearing entitled “Oversight of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.” Vishnu Kannan shared the livestream of the hearing.

Vishnu Kannan also shared testimony from David Hale and Marik String, which they delivered before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in a hearing entitled “Reviewing Authorities for the Use of Military Force.”

Hadley Baker shared President Trump’s lawsuit against the House Ways and Means Committee to prevent it from obtaining multiple years of his state tax returns.

As part of Lawfare’s ongoing coverage of cybersecurity issues, Vishnu Kannan posted the text of Attorney General William Barr’s keynote address at the International Conference on Cyber Security at Fordham University. Bruce Schneier and Herb Lin each offered analysis of the speech.

Vishnu Kanan shared the Senate Intelligence Committee’s new report on Russian active measures in the 2016 election.

Monica M. Ruiz and David Forscey analyzed the potential for the National Guard to enhance cybersecurity in government and business, arguing that this possibility should be taken more seriously as a national security asset.

Stewart Baker shared the latest episode of the Cyberlaw Podcast in which he interviewed Frank Blake on the effects of a massive data breach:

Eli Sugarman and Heath Wickline announced a new project from the Hewlett Foundation’s Cyber Initiative designed to make cybersecurity more comprehensible using better imagery and visualizations.

Arya Goel, Diego A. Martin and Jacob N. Shapiro shared the results of their study on foreign election interference and drew lessons for managing and mitigating such campaigns in the future.

David Martin offered his views on Chief Justice John Roberts’s recent census ruling.

Jessica Zhang and Andrew Patterson analyzed the implications of decriminalizing illegal border crossings.

Peter Margulies analyzed the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California decision to issue a preliminary injunction in East Bay Sanctuary et al. v. William Barr et al. Vishnu Kannan shared the court’s order.

He also posted a notice from the Department of Homeland Security in which the department expanded the scope of its expedited removal designation for undocumented migrants.

Amanda Sloat considered the implications of Boris Johnson’s ascent to the British premiership on Brexit and U.S.-U.K relations.

Kemal Kirisci and Gokce Uysal Kolasin addressed the situation of Syrian refugees in Turkey, arguing that they need better access to permanent jobs.

Bobby Chesney and Steve Vladek shared the latest episode of the National Security Law Podcast in which they discuss war powers, prosecution vs .military detention, prosecuting Khalid Sheik Mohammed, and more:

Bruce Riedel reviewed “The Targeter: My Life in the CIA, Hunting Terrorists and Challenging the White House” a recent book by Nada Bakos.

Daniel Richman reviewed Charles Lane’s new book, “Freedom’s Detective: The Secret Service, the Ku Klux Klan and the Man Who Masterminded America’s First War on Terror.”

Jen Patja Howell shared the most recent episode of the Lawfare Podcast, in which Jack Goldsmith interviews former Secretary of Defense Ash Carter about his recent book, “Inside the Five-Sided Box: Lessons from a Lifetime of Leadership in the Pentagon”:

And that was the week that was.