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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 »

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 »

Recap of Recent Pieces on Just Security (Oct. 28-Nov. 3)

Cybersecurity and Cyber Conflict

NYC Terror Attack, Legal Responses, and Counter-Terrorism Policy

Russia Investigation, Manafort-Gates Indictment, and Papadopoulous

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Episode 43 of the National Security Law Podcast: Unseal this Podcast!

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It’s been a busy week in national security law! In Episode 43, Professor Bobby Chesney and I take on:

  1. Mueller-Time: Indictments against Manafort and Gates, and an even-more important plea deal.
  2. ACLU v. Mattis and the government’s filing in opposition to an order to show cause why ACLU should not get access to the US citizen held as an enemy combatant in Iraq.
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Major Takeaways from the Papadopoulos Bombshell

 

For months, it was well known that Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman (who has longstanding ties to the Trump world), was in serious legal trouble. That he was the target of an indictment in the Russia investigation did not come as a surprise on Monday, but the guilty plea of George Papadopoulos, a former foreign policy adviser on Trump’s campaign, was unexpected.  continue »