Ryan Goodman (@rgoodlaw )

Ryan Goodman

Bio Former Special Counsel @DeptofDefense. Co-editor-in-chief @just_security. Chaired Professor NYU Law. Former Chaired Professor Harvard Law. Co-director @RCLS_NYU
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iPhone : 2. Here’s what a current national security official said of Senator Johnson:

“At what point does someone turn from an ‘unwitting’ participant in that to a witting one?”

Twitter Web App : Toxic Ron Johnson.

"Johnson is considered 'toxic' by some members of the intelligence community."

"Some intelligence officials similarly fear [Johnson's] Biden probe will only boost the Russian intervention."

politico.com/news/2020/08/0…

iPhone : The US had ***ten times*** the deaths today from COVID than the Beirut blast and it’s just...a Wednesday. Tomorrow will likely be worse.

Twitter Web App : All signs point to an October surprise by AG Barr, in violation of DOJ policy. As ⁦Andrew Weissmann⁩ and ⁦Ryan Goodman⁩ explain, career prosecutors can and should stop that kind of improper election influence. nytimes.com/2020/08/05/opi…

Twitter Web App : I cant stop thinking about this Politico report (by Alex Thompson)

Trump campaign knocks on doors: 1 million per week
Biden campaign knocks on doors: zero

Plus this line about Trump campaigns doing in-person ballot collection, and Biden campaign not.👇

politico.com/news/2020/08/0…

Twitter Web App : 3. In the op-ed we also speak to #DOJ employees.

What to do if they witness or asked to participate in actions that violate their oaths, dep't policies, or ethical codes.

We refer to this analysis by Kristy Parker and Erica Newland (Protect Democracy).

justsecurity.org/71711/politica…

Twitter Web App : 2. We include a nugget from Weissmanns forthcoming book.

The Mueller team knew they could not indict Russian officials in run up to 2018 midterms.

The upshot: It shows the broad scope of the DOJ protocol, contradicting how Barr has recently described it.

Excerpt from op-ed.👇

Twitter Web App : <thread>

I just published this op-ed with the brilliant Andrew Weissmann

In his confirmation hearing, Barr testified DOJ should never do it

The White House said Comey was fired for it

DOJ policies and protocols disallow it

Now Barr looks set to do it.

nytimes.com/2020/08/05/opi…

iPhone : “official said that if there were indications anyone in the region pulled something off of this scale, it would trigger automatic increases in force protection for US troops and assets in the region...none of that has happened”

The impeccably sourced Barbara Starr reporting

iPhone : It seemed Trump was spitballing idea that Lebanon explosion was attack.

Hugely irresponsible if he had no firm basis for that claim.

Now this👇

Three DOD officials: “there was no indication” explosion was an attack.

cnn.com/2020/08/04/pol…

iPhone : “The Manhattan district attorney’s office suggested on Monday that it has been investigating President Trump and his company for possible bank and insurance fraud, a significantly broader inquiry than the prosecutors have acknowledged in the past.” nytimes.com/2020/08/03/nyr…

Twitter Web App : Former State Dept officials testimony depicts a small group of senior State Department officials determined to ignore legitimate humanitarian concerns among their ranks and on Capitol Hill in order to ram through more than $8 billion in arms sales to Gulf countries.

#YemenWar

iPhone : Jim Sciutto But one is Acting _Deputy_ Undersecretary and the other is Undersecretary.

That said, it looks like what Steve Vladeck says here is the play that’s being run.

twitter.com/steve_vladeck/… twitter.com/steve_vladeck/…

iPhone : “One of William P. Barr’s weaknesses is a godsend for the rule of law: The attorney general is not completely effective at lying.”

Joshua A. Geltzer and I wrote this for the Washington Post

How the media and public should greet Bill Barr’s use of #DurhamReport.

washingtonpost.com/outlook/2020/0…

Twitter Web App : 5. Let me put an exclamation point on news of Pompeo and other State Department officials' reported coop with Senate Republicans and not House Dems…

It may violate federal laws, including ones with serious penalties.

Read An Ethical Donald (Citizens for Ethics):
justsecurity.org/70467/states-s…

Twitter Web App : 4. Reason 2:

I'm old enough to remember when the administration rejected House requests for Ukraine docs on theory that Congress had no valid "legislative purpose" (eg reforming statutes).

As southpaw has observed, Ron Johnson's Biden probe has NADA legislative purpose.

Twitter Web App : 3. Many reasons this is even more of an affront to our system of government:

Reason 1: House Foreign Affairs Committee has DIRECT oversight of State Dept. Yet Pompeo appears to have forced HFAC to point of issuing a subpoena. Meanwhile he's voluntarily sharing with Senate GOP.