As the Turkish invasion leads to deteriorating security in northern Syria, the custody of about 11,000 captive ISIS fighters — and many thousands more detained ISIS women and children — is in doubt.
Charlie SavageThe above is mainbar. Here is updated explainer about the Kurds’ prisons for 11,000 ISIS fighters, incl five dozen highest value terrorists the Trump admin was going to take custody of so they won’t escape in the chaos — except it didn’t.
The attacks caused about 700 Islamic State families to escape. The American defense secretary said the U.S. would pull out about 1,000 troops from the area.
Charlie SavageScoop: Despite Trump’s assurance that the US was taking the most dangerous ISIS detainees out of Syria amid mounting chaos, it only got the two “Beatles.” The Kurds didn’t let the US extract the five dozen other high value detainees—and now it’s too late.
His complaint suggested he was an analyst by training with an understanding of Ukrainian politics.
Charlie SavageThe takeaway from this big update to the NYT whistleblower story is that officials at the White House and the Justice Department already knew that the official who made the complaint works for the CIA -- and have known that since the beginning.
A reconstructed transcript released on Wednesday showed President Trump pressing Ukraine to investigate the Bidens and pushing assistance from Attorney General William Barr and Rudolph Giuliani, his personal lawyer.
1. Trump asked for investigation into Bidens, along w/ one to undermine fact that Russia hacked DNC
2. Immediately before asking for this "favor," Trump brought up US aid (which he just froze) & said Ukraine hadn't been as good to US as it could
The Times sent a survey to the presidential candidates about their understanding of the scope and limits of the presidential authority they would wield if elected.
Charlie SavageThese Democratic presidential candidates didn't answer the questions about their views on the limits of executive power and which post-Trump limits they would sign: de Blasio, Castro, Delaney, Steyer, & Yang.
If they later do, we'll add their responses.
The presidential hopefuls detailed their views on the limits of executive power in response to a New York Times survey.
Charlie SavageProject rollout: I asked the 2020 presidential candidates a series of tough questions about what limits on their own power they would obey and what post-Trump reforms they would sign into law. 17 answered, including all the major Democratic contenders.
Charlie SavageI asked Trump's 2020 challengers which potential new new limits on executive power they'd sign into law, in light of his serial norm violations. Their answers suggest that if one of them wins, a post-Watergate style period of reform could be coming.
The White House is seeking reauthorization of a law that lets the N.S.A. gain access to logs of Americans’ phone and text records — while acknowledging that the program has been indefinitely halted.
Charlie SavageNew: The next fight in the Stellarwind/Snowden/Freedom Act saga has arrived. In letter obtained by NYT, Trump asks Congress to permanently reauthorize NSA's expiring power to access domestic call records, acknowledging program is dysfunctional & suspended.
Lawmakers say President Trump’s disregard for their authority leaves them no choice but to use the courts with greater frequency, but that could have constitutional consequences.
Charlie SavageIt was once rare for Congress to go to court. But the number of cases House Democrats are now litigating is historically unprecedented -- a Trump-era aberration that is accelerating a larger shift in governance whose seeds predate Trump. w/ @npfandos