Nicandro Iannacci // 4/5/19 //
In a letter to members of Congress, lawyers for former Trump attorney Michael Cohen requested support for a reduced prison sentence for Cohen so he can assist in oversight investigations. The DOJ defended AG Bill Barr’s summary of the Mueller Report, drawing a response from House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler. ICE arrested more than 280 people at a Texas company, the largest workplace immigration raid in a decade. The House will file a lawsuit to block President Trump’s emergency declaration to build a wall on the border. In response to complaints from LGBT employees, AG Bill Barr ordered an investigation into discrimination at the DOJ. The House approved a war powers resolution ending U.S. military involvement in Yemen, sending it to President Trump for a possible veto.
TRUMP: INVESTIGATIONS & LITIGATION
In a letter to members of Congress, lawyers for former Trump attorney Michael Cohen requested support for a reduced prison sentence for Cohen so he can assist in oversight investigations (NYT, WaPo, WSJ, Politico).
Earlier this year, President Trump asked Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to prioritize the confirmation of IRS Chief Counsel Michael Desmond, raising questions about the president’s motivations (NYT).
Last month, three House Democrats asked Capital One Financial for documents related to President Trump, only to be told they need a subpoena (WaPo).
In response to complaints from LGBT employees, AG Bill Barr ordered an investigation into discrimination at the DOJ (BuzzFeed News).
JUSTICE & SAFETY
DHS staffers were warned not to release “nonpublic” information to the public or face adverse consequences for doing so (BuzzFeed News).
CONFLICTS OF INTEREST
A newly obtained document shows Acting Interior Secretary and nominee David Bernhardt continued his work as a lobbyist months after he claimed to have stopped (NYT).
Delays in the Trump administration’s release of ethics waivers suggest there may be other waivers still hidden from the public, writes Meredith Lerner for CREW.
Three states filed a lawsuit challenging President Trump’s 2017 executive order requiring the repeal of two regulations for each new regulation added (The Hill).
The president plans to nominate businessman and former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain to the Federal Reserve’s board of governors (WSJ).
CHECKS & BALANCES