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Former Prosecutor Renato Mariotti’s Tweet Threads on National Security (Nov. 10-17)

 

Here is an exposition and analysis of some of this week’s national security-related threads authored by Just Security Editorial Board member and former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti.

 

Trump Policy Preference for Rolling Back Russia Sanctions and Mueller’s Investigation

Renato responds in this thread to President Trump’s recent comments describing Russia as “very, very heavily sanctioned” and emphasizing the need for getting back to “healing a world that is shattered and broken.” He notes that Trump’s comments suggest impropriety, given the ongoing investigation and controversy into Trump-Russia ties.…   continue »

Congress Steps Up Accountability for Drones Strikes and Other Military Operations

An airstrike in Mosul, Iraq.

 

On the same day that The New York Times Magazine published a disturbing account of the monumental gap between the number of acknowledged civilian casualties and the number of casualties found by the Times’ reporters, Congress passed two little-noticed but very important provisions on oversight of civilian harm and reporting on counterterrorism operations as part of the FY2018 National Defense Authorization Act (“NDAA”).…   continue »

Episode 46 of the National Security Law Podcast: The $15 Million Dollar Man

 

In this week’s episode, your devoted hosts dig into a bonanza of national security law odds-and-ends.

First up is an en banc decision by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review involving the standing of the ACLU and the Yale Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic to litigate a claimed First Amendment right of public access in relation to FISC opinions.…   continue »

Russian Money and Trump’s Legal Defense

Piece by piece, we continue to learn about Russia’s assault on the 2016 election: cyberattacks on voting systems in 39 states; troll farms that pushed divisive political messages to millions of viewers on social media; and likely involvement in the leaking of information to influence the outcome of the election, potentially including the information shared directly with Donald Trump Jr.…   continue »

Former Prosecutor Renato Mariotti’s Tweet Threads on National Security (Nov. 3-10)

 

Here is an exposition and presentation of some of this week’s national security-related threads authored by Just Security Editorial Board member and former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti.

Trump Jr. Meeting with Russian Lawyer in June 2016

In the thread below, Renato analyzes whether the June 9, 2016 meeting between Donald Trump Jr.…   continue »

Close Call Whether Sessions Committed Perjury in Denying Other Campaign Russian Contacts

 

It is not crystal clear whether Attorney General Jeff Sessions lied to Congress about his knowledge of other Trump campaign members’ contacts with Russians during the 2016 election. Intentionally making false statements to Congress is a felony. There are good reasons, however, to think it is a closer call than many appreciate whether Sessions ran afoul of these laws.…   continue »

Guantanamo: Donald Trump’s Opportunity

 

The Trump Administration’s response to last week’s attacks in downtown Manhattan could go either of two directions: The United States could continue to flounder with indecision about how to handle those accused of violent attacks, or it could stop equivocating and take a clear stand on the side of the rule of law.…   continue »

Why the First Amendment Constrains Trump’s Use of Twitter

President Donald Trump may be the first resident of the White House to be a prolific user of Twitter, but he probably won’t be the last.  Indeed, government officials around the country are already taking to Twitter and other social media platforms to speak to their constituents, hear from them, and facilitate an exchange of ideas with and among those constituents. …   continue »