The Week That Was

The Week That Was: All of Lawfare in One Post

By Anna Salvatore, Tia Sewell
Saturday, October 3, 2020, 9:30 AM

Jen Patja Howell shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast on the New York Times’s new reporting on President Trump’s finances and their implications for national security:

Jack Goldsmith discussed how to respond to the Trump tax disclosures.

Howell shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast on TikTok, WeChat and the Trump administration featuring conversation with Lawfare co-founders Benjamin Wittes and Bobby Chesne and Jordan Schneider of ChinaTalk:

Bobby Chesney and Steve Vladeck shared the latest episode of the National Security Law Podcast covering topics including the recent passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, court rulings on Tik Tok and WeChat sanctions and Trump’s taxes:

Chesney dissected the federal district court decision to grant TikTok’s motion for a preliminary injunction against implementation of Trump’s ban and explained where the TikTok-Trump battle currently stands.

Bill Priestap and Holden Triplett argued that U.S. companies must enhance security to protect against the threat of foreign espionage.

Stewart Baker shared this week’s episode of the Cyberlaw Podcast, entitled “U.S.-China Tech DivideWhere Will it End?”:

Chas Kissick and Paul Rosenzweig presented questions for lawmakers to consider as they begin to implement one of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission’s recommendations to establish the Bureau of Cyber Statistics.

Rosenzweig and Claire Vishik wrote an annotated bibliography of works relating to trust in information and communications technology systems.

Elaine Kamarck, Chris Meserole and Darrell West shared this week’s episode of TechTank, which featured dialogue on disinformation and whether voter suppression will help Trump win reelection:

Diana Cao analyzed Florida’s primaries and discussed what officials should prepare for in the coming general election. And Pia Despande argued that despite a relatively successful primary election in Ohio, it remains unclear whether the state will be able to navigate coronavirus-related challenges come November.

Howell shared “The ‘Sh*t Show’ Edition” of Rational Security, on which the gang discussed the recent presidential debate and disaster scenarios for the November election:

Tia Sewell shared a public service announcement published by the FBI & CISA that warns of the potential threat posed by foreign actors spreading disinformation about “hacked voter information.” Rohini Kurup shared another FBI & CISA alert about cybercriminal interference in the U.S. democratic process, this time regarding foreign intelligence services’ use of “pseudo-academic online journals” to disseminate misleading information.

Anna Salvatore and Benjamin Wittes summarized Tuesday’s district court hearing in the Michael Flynn case.

Jacob Schulz and Margaret Taylor criticized the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee’s recent report on Hunter Biden and Burisma.

Sewell shared the livestream of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s oversight hearing on Wednesday concerning the Crossfire Hurricane investigation. She also shared the House Armed Services hearing on the recent changes in U.S. defense policy in Europe.

Bradley A. Brooker, Sujit Raman and James M. Sullivan discussed the future of EU-U.S. data transfers after the European Court of Justice’s decision in Schrems II.

Lester Munson released the latest episode of Fault Lines featuring an interview with Jung Pak, a senior Brookings fellow in Korea studies, about the state of North Korea:

Pete Pedrozo wrote about China’s threatening actions in the Taiwan Strait.

Sewell posted the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence’s bipartisan report on how the U.S. intelligence community can meet the rising challenge of China.

Howell also shared an episode of The Lawfare Podcast entitled “Everything is On Fire” in which Quinta Jurecic and Evelyn Douek interviewed Charlie Warzel of the New York Times and Cam Wilson of Business Insider Australia about misleading online information about wildfires:

Sewell shared the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia’s decision allowing a government lawsuit to proceed against John Bolton for allegedly including classified information in his recent memoir.

Howell released an episode of The Lawfare Podcast featuring David Priess’s interview with Peter Baker and Susan Glasser about their new book, “The Man Who Ran Washington: The Life and Times of James A. Baker III”:

And John Bellinger and Sean Mirski explained two recent, conflicting rulings on Title III of the Helms-Burton Act, which allows Americans to sue any person or entity who “trafficks” in property confiscated by Fidel Castro’s regime.

And that was the week that was.