Lawfare looks back to the Coats-Rogers testimony and executive privilege.
Finally, Evelyn Farkas peers into the Kremlin’s relationship with Russian banks and Jared Kushner’s “secret channel.”
The Washington Post reports that Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coates told associates that President Trump asked him if he could get Comey to back off Michael Flynn in the Russia probe.
Aaron Blake analyzes why the Russia news has become increasingly grim for President Trump.
Politico takes stock of the lessons Trump Administration lawyers have gleaned from the Clinton Administration regarding attorney-client privilege.
Former FBI Director James Comey reportedly asked Attorney General Sessions not to leave him alone in a room with the President (NYT).
Facing President Trump's fury over the Russia investigation, among other matters, Attorney General Sessions reportedly floated his resignation to the President (The Hill).
Politico compiled everything we know so far about the Mueller investigation into the Trump Administration’s ties to the Kremlin.
Virginia Senator Mark Werner claims Russian cyber-attacks on election systems were more extensive than recently leaked NSA documents reported (The Intercept).
The leaks showcase serious holes in American cybersecurity, argues Patrick G. Eddington at Cato on Liberty.
A top-secret National Security Agency document came to light; the document offers the most detailed U.S. government account of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election to date (The Intercept).
Senator Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, stated that so far there is no “smoking gun” evidence proving collusion between the Russians and the Trump administration (WSJ).
Immediately after President Trump took office, his staffers reportedly requested a plan from State Department officials to lift sanctions on Russia imposed as part of the Obama administration’s response to election interference (The Hill).
An FBI investigation might be a “proceeding” under the obstruction of justice statutes under a number of different theories, explain Helen Murillo and Ben Wittes (Lawfare).
A “megadeal” between Qatar and Russia may corroborate statements in the alleged MI6 dossier on President Trump and explain some of the meetings taking place between Jared Kushner, Michael Flynn, and Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergei Kislyak, writes Jed Shugerman (Shugerblog).
When an individual is granted a pardon that removes the risk of criminal self-incrimination, that individual may no longer refuse to testify if subpoenaed; however, an individual may refuse a pardon in order to maintain the right against self-incrimination, concludes Eugene Volokh (WaPo).
With increasing focus on his campaign activities, Attorney General Jeff Sessions may very well be among Trump associates at risk in the wide-ranging Russia investigation, argues Emile Cadei (Newsweek).
Holman W. Jenkins, Jr., argues that Russian efforts to disrupt U.S. politics consisted of planting fake leads to get U.S. government agencies to intervene in the campaign, instead of actual intervention (WSJ).