Kyle Skinner  //  4/19/19  //  Daily Update


A private right-wing militia in New Mexico has been detaining migrant families at gunpoint before handing them over to Border Patrol. A redacted version of the Mueller Report was released following a press conference including prepared remarks from AG William Barr. Following the press conference, top Dems have suggested that Barr “deliberately distorted” portions of the report. The report of a second Justice Department investigation, discussing the FBI’s investigation of the Christopher Steele dossier, could be released as early as next month.

 

TRUMP: INVESTIGATIONS & LITIGATION

A redacted version of the Mueller Report was released following a press conference including prepared remarks from AG William Barr (Lawfare).

  • The full report is available here.
  • DOJ discussed the report with the White House before its release (NYT).
  • A less redacted version of the report will be provided to certain members of Congress (CNN).
  • Mueller did not exonerate the president and could not show intent, but concluded that Russia did attempt to help him win the election (The Hill).
  • When Trump learned of the investigation, he told Jeff Sessions it was the end of his presidency (Politico).
  • The report indicates that Russia tried to hack into Hillary Clinton’s emails just hours after Trump publicly suggested they do so (The Hill).
  • Just Security collected first-takes from experts.
  • Richard Hasen argues that Mueller erred in not prosecuting Donald Trump, Jr. (Slate).
  • The report does suggest that Wikileaks pushed Seth Rich conspiracies (The Hill).
  • Following the press conference, top Dems have suggested that Barr “deliberately distorted” portions of the report (The Hill).
  • Dems and Republicans disagree on the utility of having Mueller testify (The Hill).

The report of a second Justice Department investigation, discussing the FBI’s investigation of the Christopher Steele dossier, could be released as early as next month (Politico).

 

IMMIGRATION

A private right-wing militia in New Mexico has been detaining migrant families at gunpoint before handing them over to Border Patrol (NYT).

New HUD regulations will limit housing aid for undocumented immigrants (NYT).

 


Daily Update | May 24, 2019

5/24/19  //  Daily Update

President Trump issued a memorandum granting Attorney General Barr sweeping authority in his audit of the Russian interference investigation. A court date has been set by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to hear the mounting subpoena case over access to the President’s financial records. The Justice Department has argued that Congress lacks the ability to sue Trump over appropriating military funds for constructing his border wall.

Daily Update | May 22, 2019

5/22/19  //  Daily Update

The power struggle between the Trump Administration and Congress continues: The Democratic House moves towards impeachment, while two federal judges reject the President’s assertions of privilege. The President will appoint Ken Cuccinelli, a former Virginia attorney general and vocal anti-immigration hardliner, as his new immigration czar.

Adam Smith

Harvard Law School

Daily Update | May 21, 2019

5/21/19  //  Daily Update

The White House instructed former counsel Donald McGahn to ignore a subpoena from House Democrats to testify on Tuesday morning, citing an OLC opinion. A federal judge in DC upheld a subpoena from House Democrats to accounting firm Mazars for President Trump’s financial records. ICE is detaining more than 52,000 immigrants in jails around the country, an apparent all-time record. Assisted reproductive technology may disrupt traditional ideas about maternity on which abortion law and discourse rests. President Trump said he currently sees no threatening actions from Iran, but that the U.S. “will have no choice” but to respond if that changes. The president’s stated preference for acting cabinet secretaries is bad governance and bad for national security. The EPA plans to change how it calculates the health risks of air pollution, resulting in fewer projected deaths from the rollback of the Clean Power Plan.

Nicandro Iannacci

Columbia Law School