The Week That Was

The Week That Was: All of Lawfare in One Post

By Benjamin Pollard
Saturday, August 13, 2022, 8:01 AM

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Jen Patja Howell shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast in which Benjamin Wittes sat down with Quinta Jurecic, Alan Rozenshtein, and Andrew Weissmann to discuss the FBI’s search at Mar-a-Lago:

A team of Lawfare staff addressed what we currently know and don’t know about the FBI’s search of former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence.

Matt Gluck and Katherine Pompilio shared the Justice Department's motion to unseal parts of a search warrant executed at former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence, while Hyemin Han shared the Justice Department's notice saying that former president Trump does not object to unsealing the warrant.

Han shared the warrant cited in support of the Mar-a-Lago search.

Members of the Lawfare staff analyzed the search warrant.

Howell shared an episode of Rational Security in which Scott R. Anderson, Jurecic, and Rozenshtein sat down with Ravi Agrawal to discuss this week’s big national security news, including the Biden administration’s revision of the National Security Strategy, the FBI’s Mar-a-Lago search, and former President Trump’s relationship with his generals:

Benjamin Pollard shared the Justice Department criminal complaint and affidavit for charges against a member of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) for an attempted plot to murder former National Security Advisor John Bolton.

Daniel Byman analyzed the Justice Department’s affidavit of the IRGC member.

Howell shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast in which Jurecic sat down with Thomas Rid and Brandon Van Grack to discuss the Justice Department indictment of Russian national Aleksandr Ionov:

Scott Roehm argued that Biden administration officials need to reject the use of evidence obtained by torture in U.S. v. Al-Nashiri.

Han and Tia Sewell shared a Justice Department motion in opposition to a petition for a writ of habeas corpus regarding the transfer of Guantánamo detainee Majid Khan.

Tim Wilson reviewed David C. Rapoport’s new book “Waves of Global Terrorism: From 1879 to the Present.”

Sewell shared a report from the special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction regarding the alleged theft of funds from Afghanistan during the Taliban’s takeover of the country in August 2021.

Howell shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast in which Wittes sat down with Natalie Orpett, Jurecic, Molly Reynolds, and Tyler McBrien to discuss the Jan. 6 committee, what it has accomplished so far, what to possibly expect from the next round of hearings, and more:

Anna Bower covered Rudy Giuliani’s scheduled appearance before a special grand jury in Fulton County investigating 2020 election interference in Georgia in which Giuliani was not present.

Teresa Chen and Alana Nance discussed recent geopolitical developments related to the South China Sea, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, the Solomon Islands-China Pact, and U.S. Freedom of Navigation operations.

Jordan Schneider shared an episode of ChinaTalk in which he sat down with Eric Breckenfeld and Hassan Khan to discuss what would happen to the world if Taiwan’s semiconductor industry would cease to exist:

Scott Moore argued that the CHIPS and Science Act relies too heavily on subsidies and state direction to be truly effective.

Matt Perault and Andrew Keane Woods argued that greater experimentation is needed in technology policy.

Samantha Lai shared an episode of TechTank in which she sat down with Lydia X.Z. Brown, Alex Engler, and Henry Claypool to discuss how people with disabilities are impacted by current technology and legislation on this issue:

Loren DeJonge Schulman discussed Schedule F, a Trump administration federal workforce policy, and its potential implications on national security.

Adam Segal discussed a new report on U.S. cyber policy from the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and compared it to a report on the same topic nine years ago from CFR, both of which he was the project director for.

Samantha Bradshaw and Shelby Grossman assessed whether Facebook and Twitter were consistent in labeling misleading posts during the 2020 presidential election.

Pompilio shared an episode of #LiveFromUkraine in which Wittes sat down with Vitalii Ovarchenko to discuss Overchenko’s role in the Ukrainian military, his life before the invasion, and more:

Howell shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast in which Scott R. Anderson sat down with Sarah Yerkes and Sharan Grewel to discuss Tunisia’s new constitution which gives the country’s president expansive powers:

David Priess shared an episode of Chatter in which Shane Harris sat down with Mary Louise Kelly to discuss how Kelly got her start in journalism, her travels around the world, and how journalism influences her fiction writing:

Orpett shared an episode of The Aftermath which told the story of the brief period of bipartisan cooperation in the initial investigations into the failure to prevent the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol:

Matt Gluck shared a unanimous ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit that allows the House Committee on Ways and Means to review Trump’s tax returns from 2015 to 2020.

Howell shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast in which Tyler McBrien sat down with Nick Turse to discuss an investigation published in The Intercept that Turse wrote with Alice Speri on the 127-echo Pentagon funding authority:

Jim Dempsey analyzed the Federal Trade Commission’s advance notice of proposed rulemaking on privacy and data security.

And Han and Pompilio shared an application for the fall 2022 Lawfare internship.

And that was the week that was.