On Thursday, Special Counsel Robert Mueller filed a superseding indictment listing dozens of more charges against former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and his business partner Rick Gates, the New York Times reports. The indictment includes charges that Manafort lied to banks to secure loans as part of a money laundering scheme, exaggerated his income to take out mortgages on homes, and failed to declare his income on tax returns.
Jordan A. Brunner is a graduate of the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, and was a national security intern at the Brookings Institution. Prior to law school, he was a Research Fellow with the New America Foundation/ASU Center for the Future of War, where he researched cybersecurity, cyber war, and cyber conflict alongside Shane Harris, author of @War: The Rise of the Military-Internet Complex. He graduated summa cum laude from Arizona State University with a B.S. in Political Science.
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In December 2017, the Russia-based cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab filed suit against the Department of Homeland Security over an order labeling Kaspersky software an “information security risk” and ordering the removal of all relevant software from government national security systems after a review process of 90 days.
The Justice Department has issued indictments against 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities on charges related to Moscow’s interference in the 2016 presidential election, Politico reports. The charges include conspiracy to defraud the United States, wire fraud and bank fraud, and aggravated identity theft. The charges were brought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
The White House indicated it is inclined to approve the release of the Democratic rebuttal to the memo released by Rep. Devin Nunes alleging abuses by the FBI and the Justice Department in their efforts to apply for a FISA warrant to monitor former Trump campaign aide Carter Page, the Wall Street Journal reports. Trump’s decision about whether to declassify the document is expected today.
On Jan. 17, cybersecurity and software vendor Kaspersky Lab filed for a preliminary injunction against the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) order designating the company’s software as an “information security risk” and banning its use on federal systems. What follows is a summary of the facts underlying the Kaspersky litigation, the terms of the DHS order, and the application for the preliminary injunction.
Factual Background and the DHS Order
President Donald Trump instructed the White House counsel, Donald McGahn, to stop Attorney General Jeff Sessions from recusing himself from the Justice Department’s Russian investigation in March of last year, the New York Times informs us. McGahn promptly carried out the president’s wishes, but was ultimately unsuccessful in his task, causing Trump to ask, infuriated, “Where’s my Roy Cohn?” in reference to his personal lawyer who served as a top aide to Sen.
The United States and South Korea have agreed not to hold joint military exercises during the Olympics, the Wall Street Journal informs us. President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in came to the agreement during a phone call. Moon requested the delay, which would have coincided with the Winter Olympics and Paralympics.