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Elliot Setzer
Tuesday, May 12, 2020, 11:27 AM

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White House staff have been ordered to wear masks when entering the West Wing, writes the BBC. The directive came after an aide for Vice-President Mike Pence and a valet for President Trump tested positive for COVID-19.

The Defense Department’s inspector general will evaluate the Navy’s response to the coronavirus pandemic onboard its ships, according to the Hill.

Nearly 2,000 former Justice Department employees yesterday wrote in an open letter that Attorney General Bill Barr had “once again assaulted the rule of law” by dropping the case against Michael Flynn, and the group repeated a call for him to step down, reports the Washington Post.

A retired Afghan general has defected to the Taliban as concerns rise over members of the Afghan security forces switching sides at a critical moment in the conflict, writes the Post.

The Supreme Court will hear arguments today on whether President Trump can block the release of his financial records, according to the New York Times. The Court will consider two cases: the first concerns subpoenas from two House committees, and the second a subpoena from the Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance.

ICYMI: Yesterday on Lawfare

Stewart Baker shared an episode of the Cyberlaw Podcast discussing the restrictions Apple and Google have placed on their COVID-19 contact tracing API.

Bobby Chesney, Danielle Citron and Hany Farid argued that deep fakes remain a threat.

Paul Rosenzweig evaluated various approaches to cyber risk quantification.

Dan Maurer analyzed a new expert report on potential reforms to the military justice system.

Kathleen Claussen discussed the normalization of trade security tariffs.

Andrew Burt argued that as society shifts online during the pandemic, consumers and policymakers must figure out how to address the risks associated with the adoption of digital technologies.

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Elliot Setzer is a Knight-Hennessy Scholar at Stanford Law School and a Ph.D student at Yale University. He previously worked at Lawfare and the Brookings Institution.

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