Mackenzie Walz // 11/5/19 //
Precedent suggests executive privilege does not apply in the impeachment context but, even if it does, the House’s need for the information should outweigh any confidentiality interest, contends Lawrence Friedman for Just Security.
The Ukrainian President may have asserted he did not feel pressure from President Trump because it would be unwise to criticize the US, a major donor, when the country is in need of assistance, argues Anders Aslund for Just Security.
President Trump denied the anonymous whistleblower’s offer to provide written answers to questions from GOP lawmakers (POLITICO).
The chairmen of the House committees leading the impeachment inquiry released transcripts of testimony from three Ambassadors (Lawfare).
INVESTIGATIONS AND LITIGATION
JUSTICE & SAFETY
The Administration issued sanctions against nine Iranian officials who are advisers to Iran’s leader, Ali Khamenei (WaPo).
The Administration waived a prohibition blocking over $115 million in security assistance from going to countries who are complicit in the recruitment and use of child soldiers (The Hill).
RULE OF LAW
The Trea Turner interference call during Game Six of the World Series raises many legal questions within broad jurisprudential debates, explains Ben Miller-Gootnick for Take Care.
The proposed rescission of regulations prohibiting recipients of HHS funding from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity may be grounded in the rule of law and federalism, discusses Walter Olson for CATO.