Background Briefing: December 14, 2023


The House Republicans’ Unanimous Evidence-Free Vote For Biden’s Impeachment

We begin with the House impeachment vote with all Republicans signing on to an investigation of President Biden even though there is absolutely no evidence of high crimes and misdemeanors, while on the other hand it is clear that Republicans are doing Trump’s bidding of petty payback for his impeachments, which were based on real facts and evidence. Joining us is David Redlawsk, Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Delaware. His latest book is The Positive Case for Negative Campaigning.


How Hungary’s Crooked Despot Viktor Orban is Blackmailing the EU

Then we look into how Hungary’s crooked despot Viktor Orban is blackmailing the EU, holding up Ukraine’s entry along with a 78 billion Euro military and economic aid package after the EU paid him a 10 billion Euro bribe. Joining us is R. Daniel Kelemen, McCourt Chair at the School of Public Policy at Georgetown University as well as a Professor of Law at Georgetown Law. He is author of Eurolegalism: The Transformation of Law and Regulation in the European Union and The Rules of Federalism: Institutions and Regulatory Politics in the EU and Beyond. He is a Senior Associate in the Europe, Russia, and Eurasia Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and a member of the Executive Committee of the European Union Studies Association.


Efforts To Reform FISA as Section 702 is Tucked Into the $886 Billion NDAA

Then finally we assess the efforts by a bipartisan group of lawmakers and civil liberties groups to reform Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act now that the Senate and House have voted for what amounts to a 16 month extension of Section 702, which was tucked into the Pentagon’s $886 billion NDAA bill. Joining us is Elizabeth Goitein, the co-director of the Liberty and National Security Program at the Brennan Center for Justice, which seeks to advance effective national security policies that respect constitutional values and the rule of law. Previously, she was counsel to Senator Feingold, Chairman of the Constitution Subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee. She is the author of The New Era of Secret Law and has a new report at The Brennan Center, “Protecting Americans from Warrantless Surveillance.