This has to be one of most effective analytic takedowns of another side's argument.

Jeh Johnson wrote a deeply flawed piece opposing @SenGillibrand @SenJoniErnst's legislation on #SexualAssault in military.

This by @rachelv12 is a master class.👇…
2. One example

Johnson rhetorically claims: "A military commander must have legal authority over those in a unit...The two must be inseparable."

VanLandingham with the facts: "Demonstrably false given the thousands of U.S. military commanders" without any such legal authority.
3. "Mr. Johnson...warns that Congress shouldn’t fix what isn’t broken, and should leave everything but sexual assault crimes alone.

Fact: Court-martialing Black service members at a rate twice that of their white counterparts is a broken system in need of repair. Period."
4. VanLandingham shows flaw in Johnson and @SenJackReed (D-#RhodeIsland) suggestion that military set up "pink courts" just for #SexualAssault and abandon the legislation

Would "create a system less able to effectively hold accountable sexual assault offenders than exists today"
5. Senators Gillibrand and Ernst's legislation has 66 co-sponsors and more than 70 total supporters in the Senate, including Schumer and McConnell.

It is being blocked by these two Senators.

@SenJackReed (D-#RhodeIsland)
@JimInhofe (R-#Oklahoma)…

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17 Jun

In @PostOpinions, former FBI General Counsel @AWeissmann_ and I assess FBI Director Wray's two days of testimony on #Jan6.

First, Wray failed to explain FBI policy on social media monitoring that may be "galling to lawmakers" when they find out.…
2. Watch👇

@AOC: Does FBI monitor social media to combat violent extremism (such as threats to Capitol on social media pre-#Jan6)

Wray: DOJ policy prevents FBI without "proper predication"

DOJ policy: Can monitor social media WITHOUT predication for special events (like Jan 6)
3. Watch👇

@RepSwalwell: Does FBI have authority to monitor open source websites/social media where groups post about threats?

Wray: Att'y General Guidelines prevent FBI without "proper predication"

A.G. Guidelines: Can monitor WITHOUT predication for special events (eg #Jan6)
Read 10 tweets
15 Jun
One implication of emails showing how Trump-Meadows tried to overturn the election via outrageous, illegitimate pressure on Justice Department:

Sure seems to strengthen the case for the ongoing criminal investigation in Georgia, led by @FaniWillisForDA.…
2. "Much of the correspondence also occurred during a tense week…when Mr Rosen and his top deputies realized that one of their peers had plotted with Mr Trump to first oust Mr Rosen and then to try to use federal law enforcement to force Georgia to overturn its election..."

3 With the Georgia criminal investigation note:

House Oversight Committee also requests transcribed interview with former US Attorney for Northern District of Goergia Byung Jin Pak who, the Committee notes, resigned on Jan 3 "reportedly under pressure from the Trump White House"
Read 5 tweets
11 Jun
Say what?

“I never discussed the leak cases with Trump. He didn’t really ask me any of the specifics.”

former Attorney General Bill Barr to Politico

So it was just generalities, then?

@dlippman @AndrewDesiderio @woodruffbets report…
2. Trying to make sense of this line given NYT's detailed reporting👇

Sounds like Barr may just be denying the records were sought under his watch.

And that Barr is not denying his knowledge the records had been sought under Sessions (and that Barr's DOJ maintained gag order).
3. Also looking back at the Times report and Barr's statements to Politico.

Barr doesn't deny he oversaw investigations of the members of Congress, and indeed revivified them.
Read 4 tweets
27 May
When Israel bombed apartment tower, two scholars wrote: laws of war permit such strikes.

Their (and the IDF's) view of the law is an outlier/minority.

It would support bombing a mosque if enemy put a single military landline inside.

The correct view👇… Image
2. I should spell out what I mean by the majority and minority view, which is about the pure question of law (#IHL). Not how it cashes out in this specific strike.

Here's the majority view.👇

@ICRC report on the left; @ILA_official report on the right. ImageImage
3. In short: Targeting such dual-use structures must include the civilian parts of the structure (eg the civilian apartments) in the proportionality analysis.

Note both the ICRC and ILA reports cite to US military manuals in support of the majority view.
Read 4 tweets
25 May
Thank you @SenBillCassidy (R-La).

He has said he’s inclined to support a #Jan6Commission.

Cassidy now agrees with Collins:

"I know it's going to take a little bit of evolution…we could address concerns and make it a lot easier for folks to support it.”…
2. Senator Cassidy on his historic vote to convict President Trump in Senate impeachment trial.

“Our Constitution and our country is more important than any one person. I voted to convict President Trump because he is guilty.”

3. “Collins said she wants assurance that Republican commissioners can also hire staff -- something House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said she is amenable to.”…
Read 4 tweets
14 May
With news that a bipartisan 1/6 Commission may be in the works...

I wrote this👇(with @AREvers @justinhendrix).

1. Biden admin is *NOT* providing info to Congress.

2. We explain how legislation for the Commission can fix such problems.…
On Weds, Chair of @OversightDems @RepMaloney
called out Biden Justice Dept on 1/6 investigation:

"Neither DOJ nor the FBI have produced a single piece of paper in response to the requests sent by six House Committees, including this one, in March. Not a single piece of paper."

House @HomelandDems @HomelandGOP Chair @BennieGThompson and Ranking Member @RepJohnKatko are trying to forge bipartisan agreement to set up a 1/6 Commission.

@LeaderHoyer characterized the discussions as "productive."

@RealMikeLillis report…
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