The Week That Was

The Week That Was: All of Lawfare in One Post

By Benjamin Pollard
Saturday, August 20, 2022, 12:22 PM

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The Lawfare team analyzed the unsealed search warrant the FBI executed at former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago residence and the inventory of seized materials from the search.

Jen Patja Howell shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast in which Benjamin Wittes sat down with Quinta Jurecic, Pete Strzok, and Alex Wellerstein to discuss the warrant:

Jack Goldsmith offered several factors and unknowns that have to be assessed in order to determine whether Attorney General Merrick Garland made the right decision in executing the search warrant at Mar-a-Lago. Goldsmith also replied to a response written by John Marshall criticizing aspects of Goldsmith’s piece.

Robert Chesney and Steve Vladeck shared an episode of the National Security Law Podcast in which they sat down with Ryan Brown and Adam Goodrum to discuss the warrant:

Scott R. Anderson analyzed former President Trump’s declassification authority in light of the Mar-a-Lago FBI search and discussed whether classification matters from a legal defense standpoint.

Jeh Johnson argued that the classification authority argument advanced by Trump’s team in response to his possession of classified documents at Mar-a-Lago does not hold water.

Heidi Kitrosser discussed the Espionage Act in light of the act’s mention in the Mar-a-Lago search warrant.

Wellerstein explored whether it is within the president’s authority to declassify nuclear secrets.

Katie Kedian described the importance of 18 U.S.C. § 793 in discussions of the president’s declassification authorities.

Howell also shared an episode of Rational Security in which Anderson, Jurecic, and Alan Rozenshtein sat down with Molly Reynolds to discuss the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan a year later, the Inflation Reduction Act, and the FBI’s search of Mar-a-Lago:

Doyle Hodges argued that Gen. Mark Miley’s decision to thwart the policy objectives of former President Trump in his last days in office was problematic with regards to civil-military relations.

Bryce Klehm rereleased Allies, a podcast series that traces the United States’s efforts to protect Afghan interpreters, translators, and other partners through the Special Immigrant Visa program, on the one-year anniversary of the fall of Kabul.

Tyler McBrien shared an order denying a motion to quash a subpoena requiring Sen. Lindsay Graham to testify before the special grand jury.

Anna Bower explained the oral argument pertaining to Sen. Graham’s motion.

Howell shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast in which Jurecic sat down with Jonathan David Shaub and Mike Stern to discuss the Jan. 6 contempt of Congress cases:

Howell also shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast in which McBrien sat down with Daniel Bessner to discuss the debate between the restrainers and the liberal internationalists over the future of U.S. foreign policy:

David Priess shared an episode of Chatter in which he sat down with Sarah Churchwell to discuss Gone with the Wind, how it reflects a mythologized version of the Old South, and its connection with today’s increasing political violence:

Samantha Bradshaw, Renee DiResta, and Christopher Giles discussed the different propaganda strategies used by the Russian government in light of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Ben Saul argued that the U.S. killing of al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri was unlawful under international law and signals another “body-blow to the ‘rules-based international order.’”

Howell shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast in which Matt Gluck sat down with Tom Karako to discuss the Missile Technology Control Regime:

Matthew Levitt discussed Iran’s foreign operations in light of the plot by a member of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps to kill former U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton.

Stewart Baker shared an episode of the Cyberlaw Podcast in which he and David Aitel sat down with Michael Fischerkeller to discuss Fischerkeller’s book, “Cyber Persistence Theory: Redefining National Security in Cyberspace”:

Nicholas Weaver discussed the impact of the Office of Foreign Asset Control’s designation of Tornado Cash to the Specially Designated National and Blocked Persons List on cryptocurrency.

Schneider shared an episode of ChinaTalk in which he sat down with Eric Breckenfeld and Hassan Khan to discuss the National Semiconductor Technology Center created by the Chips and Science Act:

Howell shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast in which Matt Gluck sat down with Hal Brands and Michael Beckley to discuss their new book, “Danger Zone: The Coming Conflict with China”:

Howell also shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast in which Priess sat down with Jonathan House to discuss intelligence as a profession, the responsibility of senior intelligence leaders, and more:

Renanah Miles Joyce analyzed the risks of U.S. attempts to train militaries in other countries, especially when the United States attempts to promote human rights abroad.

And Benjamin Pollard and Claudia Swain shared an announcement of a roundtable Lawfare Live discussion on Thursday, August 18 at 2:30 pm ET.

And that was the week that was.