Breakthrough journalism on US support for Saudi #WarCrimes in #YemenWar (NYT @laforgia_ @ewong).

Implicates Obama and Trump administrations' support.

Key item:

Trump admin. dropped conditions on Saudis with big result: US officials became liable for those war crimes.

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2. A mechanism for US officials to avoid personal liability for war crimes involved assurances/conditions placed on the arm sales.

But senior Trump State Dept officials apparently dropped that mechanism.

Inspector General August report showed the problem.

Then guess what...
3. The State Department buried a significant passage in Inspector General's report by moving the UNCLASSIFIED text to the classified annex.

the New York Times obtained the earlier draft text.
4. As that NYT excerpt shows, Marik String (State Dept's acting legal adviser) played a central role in all this.

Plus: "String tried to pressure Steve A. Linick, the inspector general, to drop his investigation."

String goes before Congress (#HFAC) on Weds

He'd be advised...
5. Marik String, the State Dept's top lawyer, would be well advised to get himself a personal attorney before testifying before Congress on his alleged role in US aiding and abetting Saudi war crimes in Yemen.

As professor @oonahathaway put it bluntly in New York Times report.👇
6. The U.S. support for Saudi-led Coalition's war crimes in Yemen War is an issue we've focused on @just_security.

NYT links to 3 Just Security articles:

@oonahathaway on missing State Dept Memo
Isa Qasim on conditions on US arms sales
Me on aiding and abetting liability

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11 Sep
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Canary in coal mine dead.

Looks like profound corruption in Barr-Durham probe—attempted October surprise.

Top Durham aide, Nora Dannehy resigns partly because “team is being pressed for political reasons to produce a report before its work is done”!
courant.com/news/connectic…
2. @jgeltzer and I wrote this piece in anticipation.

How to prepare the public for Barr’s likely misuse of the #DurhamReport to affect the election.

washingtonpost.com/outlook/2020/0…
3. I wrote this article on the DOJ “60 Day Rule.”

Now note: the article has statements by former prosecutors who served in US Attorney’s Office for the District of Connecticut—the office from which Nora Dannehy just resigned—about adherence to the Rule.

justsecurity.org/72243/bill-bar…
Read 6 tweets
31 Aug
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I just published.👇

Two episodes in 1992 presidential campaign show Bill Barr is flat wrong in saying how the “60-Day Rule” applies to Durham investigation and October surprises.

And Barr knows it.

He was deeply involved in both 1992 cases.

justsecurity.org/72243/bill-bar…
2. Barr recently said DOJ rule means deferring until after election only cases in which the candidate is a target, and that Biden is not a target of Durham probe.

But that's the diametric opposite of what Barr said in a deposition under oath in 1995 (Whitewater investigation).
3. In Oval Office meeting with President Bush, Nov. 4, 1992:

Barr stated without question that the independent counsel had just violated 60-Day Rule by issuing an indictment, in which Bush was merely referenced in the document in passing.

via @realBobWoodward 1999 book:
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24 Aug
I just published with @AshaRangappa_:

"Manafort’s Reward"

Senator #RonJohnson's staff started work with Russian disinformation operative even BEFORE Trump's call with Ukraine President.

It worked in accord with Manafort's and Giuliani's plan.

justsecurity.org/72148/manafort…
2. Johnson told WaPo (@eliseviebeck @DDaltonBennett): “no recollection of the president mentioning Rudy Giuliani” at May 23 Oval Office meeting.

Others in meeting who testified Trump said to work or talk with Giuliani:

Sondland
Taylor
Volker
Morrison

Johnson somehow forgot.
3. We write: "Giuliani, picked up the torch on the Ukraine election interference idea ... Over months Giuliani “'consulted several times with Manafort through the federal prisoner’s lawyer.'"

Quoting scoop by @jdawsey1 @thamburger @PaulSonne @PostRoz

washingtonpost.com/world/national…
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19 Aug
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Significant moment in #Clinesmith hearing.

Judge: Do you agree when you added Carter was "not a source" "you knew such a statement was not in fact true"?

Clinesmith: "At the time I BELIEVED THAT THE INFORMATION I WAS PROVIDING IN THE EMAIL WAS ACCURATE ..."
2. Clinesmith in full:

"At the time I BELIEVED THAT THE INFORMATION I WAS PROVIDING IN THE EMAIL WAS ACCURATE but I am agreeing that the information I inserted into the email was not originally there and that I inserted that information."
3. Upshot: It furthers the point that the the offense, and facts to which just Clinesmith agreed, are NOT about his knowingly and falsely saying Page was not a CIA source, and that Page was one.

Durham's case is oddly reduced down to Clinesmith altering the email document.
Read 4 tweets
18 Aug
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Senate Intelligence Committee #SSCI report undercuts #RonJohnson investigation.

Broadly, it shows how Russian agents spread disinformation re Ukraine interference in 2016 election, which Johnson-Grassley have lapped up and relied on.

One specific example stands out…
2.

Bipartisan Senate Intelligence report highlights Russian intelligence officer behind scenes of a Financial Times article alleging Ukraine interference.

Johnson-Grassley letter to Barr specifically relied on that Financial Times article.

Report (left)👇and letter (right)👇 ImageImage
3. For more on Johnson and Grassley's receiving and using Russian disinformation, @AshaRangappa_ (former FBI counterintelligence agent) and I recently wrote:

"How Sen. Ron Johnson’s Investigation Became an Enabler of Russian Disinformation: Part I"
justsecurity.org/71947/how-sen-…
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17 Aug
<thread>

@JonathanTurley has a seriously flawed blog post trying to criticize @AWeissmann_ and me.

Turley badly misrepresents what we said, what Justice Dept charged, and more…

This is a pattern for Turley (see final tweet in this thread for that pattern)…
2. On left:

Turley falsely claims op-ed calls on DOJ lawyers "to undermine" Durham investigation

On right:

Our op-ed: DOJ lawyers should refuse IMPROPER requests if VIOLATE oath to Constitution and policy on actions that interfere in election; plus Durham CAN indict after 11/3
3. On left:

Turley: FBI lawyer charged for falsely stating Carter Page was not a CIA source to court, when Page was a source.

On right:

The charge: Knowingly altering a document to FBI supervisor by adding words (charge never mentions Page's status or whether lawyer knew it).
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