The Week That Was

The Week that Was: All of Lawfare in One Post

By Anna Salvatore, Tia Sewell
Saturday, October 10, 2020, 2:42 PM

Benjamin Wittes and David Priess announced the launch of Lawfare Live, a series of live events available to the site’s supporters. Jen Patja Howell released an episode of the Lawfare Podcast which was filmed live on Thursday, featuring a conversation between Wittes and Andrew Weissmann—a former prosecutor on Bob Mueller’s team—about Weissmann’s new memoir:

Molly E. Reynolds and Margaret Taylor analyzed recent court decisions and their implications for congressional oversight.

Quinta Jurecic and Benjamin Wittes argued that the vice presidential debate should not have taken place in any kind of in-person format because of the undue risk of coronavirus transmission.

Vishnu Kannan flagged the national security highlights from Wednesday’s vice presidential debate.

Rohini Kurup shared the Department of Homeland Security’s latest threat assessment, which identifies white supremacy as the most persistent and lethal threat in the homeland.

Tia Sewell shared the FBI’s affidavit describing its charges against six Michiganders who plotted to kidnap Governor Gretchen Whitmer and overthrow the state’s government.

Howell shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast featuring an interview with former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency John Brennan on his recent book, “Undaunted: My Fight Against America’s Enemies at Home and Abroad”:

Brian Greer criticized the director of national intelligence for publishing unverified Russian intelligence about Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

Abby Lemert and Eleanor Runde analyzed recent court rulings on TikTok and WeChat.

Stewart Baker shared an episode of the Cyberlaw Podcast featuring conversation on TikTok talks, security of the internet of things and a new Microsoft report on cyberattacks, among other things:

Justin Sherman summarized the Federal Communications Commission’s recent changes to the U.S.’s process for screening foreign telecommunications companies for security risks and explained why these developments matter within the U.S.-China technology conflict.

Howell also released an episode of the Lawfare Podcast's "Arbiters of Truth" series, featuring a conversation with Harvard Law Professor Yochai Benkler about mass-media disinformation campaigns:

Matthew Gluck dissected U.S. military payments to civilians harmed in Afghanistan and Iraq using recently disclosed data.

Nilanthi Samaranayake discussed the Chagos Archipelago dispute between Mauritius and the U.K. and analyzed the resultant strategic implications for U.S. policymakers.

Jacob Schulz shared a Justice Department indictment charging two Islamic State members with eight counts in connection with a series of hostage takings and executions in Syria—including the murders of multiple Americans.

Bobby Chesney and Steve Vladeck shared this week’s episode of the National Security Law Podcast with commentary on the latest national security law developments:

Jen Patja Howell shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast featuring a panel discussion between Benjamin Wittes, Quinta Jurecic, Jack Goldsmith and David Priess on President’s Trump’s contraction of COVID-19:

David Priess discussed the history of presidential transitions in contentious elections in order to contextualize the current challenge to the tradition of concession.

Matthew Waxman contrasted the current fears about the 2020 election and transition of power to the 1916 presidential election between Wilson and Hughes.

Howell shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast featuring an interview with Lawfare’s Scott Anderson on a project he recently led that surveyed the key battleground states’ challenge regimes for contested elections:

Diana Cao, Angelo Dagonel and Pia Deshpande analyzed the Pennsylvania primaries and derived lessons to consider for the general election.

Jen Patja Howell released an episode of Rational Security: "The Don’t Let it Dominate You Edition." Benjamin Wittes, Tamara Cofman Wittes, Shane Harris and Susan Hennessey discussed, among other things, Trump contracting the coronavirus, U.S. charges against ISIS detainees and recent disclosures about the government’s family separation policy at the border:

Rohini Kurup posted the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit’s ruling that the Manhattan district attorney can enforce his subpoena to President Trump’s accounting firm for his tax records.

Lester Munson shared an episode of Fault Lines featuring a conversation on America’s relationship with the UN, China’s influence in international institutions and Iranian sanctions:

And Bobby Chesney posted a call for nominations for the 2020 Mike Lewis Prize for outstanding national security law articles.

And that was the week that was.