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Gordon Ahl
Tuesday, November 26, 2019, 1:33 PM

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The D.C. District Court ruled on Monday that former White House counsel Don McGahn must comply with a congressional subpoena to testify, reports the New York Times. A spokeswoman for the Justice Department, which is representing McGahn, said they will appeal.

The Supreme Court temporarily stayed a lower court ruling that had granted the House Oversight Committee access to President Trump’s tax returns, reports Politico.

House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff announced that the committee plans to deliver a report to the public and the House Judiciary Committee shortly after Thanksgiving to make the case for the impeachment of President Trump, reports the Times.

During August meetings in Spain, Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani stayed at an estate belonging to Venezuelan energy executive Alejandro Betancourt López, according to the Post. Giuliani later was as one of Betancourt’s lawyers in Washington, arguing that Betancourt should not face charges as part of a larger $1.2 billion money-laundering case.

The Wall Street Journal reports that a variety of subpoenas issued to individuals close to Rudy Giuliani are signals of a broad federal investigation into possible money laundering, obstruction of justice and campaign-finance violations.

The roughly 500 U.S. troops in northern Syria have resumed operations against the Islamic State despite Trump’s prior insistence on a complete withdrawal from the region, according to the Times.

A helicopter collision killed thirteen French soldiers in Mali during a counterterrorism mission, reports the BBC.

A leaked report showed that the Chinese government likely had the technical capabilities to shut off the power grid in the Philippines during a conflict with the country, according to CNN.

ICYMI: Yesterday on Lawfare

Robert S. Litt offered hypothetical jury instructions for the impeachment of President Trump to guide people trying to evaluate the existing evidence.

Julian Ku discussed the provisions of the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act passed by both the House and Senate yet still unsigned by President Trump.

Suzanne Maloney explored the history of unrest in Iran in the wake of recent protests in the country.

Jacob Schulz shared the D.C. District Court ruling that Don McGahn must testify before impeachment investigators.

Gordon Ahl posted documents related to Trump’s petition to the Supreme Court to hear a case involving the Manhattan District Attorney’s subpoena for Trump’s tax returns.

David Priess announced a new Lawfare partnership with Casetext.

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Gordon Ahl is a senior at Georgetown University, studying international politics. He is an intern at Lawfare and the Brookings Institution.

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