Abigail DeHart, Ian Eppler  //  8/7/18  //  Daily Update


At former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort’s trial, Rick Gates testified that he and Manafort knowingly committed crimes. Attorney General Jeff Sessions indicated that he would move forward with efforts to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, even though a judge ruled this week that it must be restored. The Trump administration restored sanctions on Iran that had previously been rescinded as part of the now-revoked nuclear agreement. Prominent Trump campaign donors are supporting a legal defense fund for Trump aides. Jelena McWilliams, President Trump’s recently confirmed nominee to head the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, will roll back rules adopted after the 2008 financial crisis.

 

TRUMP: INVESTIGATIONS AND LITIGATION

At the former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort’s trial, Rick Gates testified that he and Manafort knowingly committed crimes (NYTimes, Politico, WaPo, WSJ).

  • Manafort’s attorneys face a “mission impossible,” but they may be anticipating a presidential pardon, report Josh Gerstein and Darren Samuelsohn in Politico.

President Trump damaged his legal defense in his most recent tweet about the June 9 meeting at Trump Tower, contends Bob Bauer at Lawfare.

Despite President Trump’s arguments to argue to the contrary, the June 9 Trump Tower meeting may have been illegal, while the creation of the Steele dossier was not, writes Philip Bump in the Washington Post.

 

IMMIGRATION

Attorney General Jeff Sessions indicated that he would move forward with efforts to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, even though a judge ruled this week that it must be restored (The Hill).

President Trump’s immigration enforcement program is failing because of an immigration court backlog crisis, and even with no new arrests it would take four years to eliminate that backlog, explains Nolan Rappaport at The Hill.

 

JUSTICE & SAFETY

The Trump administration restored sanctions on Iran that had previously been rescinded as part of the now-revoked nuclear agreement (NYTimes, WaPo, WSJ). 

The Trump Administration's decision to impose sanctions on Turkey for the release of an American pastor undercuts a human rights enforcement tool, argues Rob Berschinski at Just Security.

 

CONFLICTS OF INTEREST

Steel producers with ties to the Trump administration have successfully lobbied the administration to deny tariff exceptions to their competitors, reports Jim Tankersley in the New York Times.

Prominent Trump campaign donors are supporting a legal defense fund for Trump aides (Politico, WSJ).

 

REGULATION

The APA is at the center of state efforts to challenge the Trump Administration’s education policy changes, writes Charlotte Mostertz in the Regulatory Review.

Jelena McWilliams, President Trump’s recently confirmed nominee to head the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, will roll back rules adopted after the 2008 financial crisis, reports Ryan Tracy in the Wall Street Journal

The Trump administration’s rollback of auto fuel economy standards will likely be struck down, suggests Dan Farber at Legal Planet.

 


Daily Update | March 20, 2019

3/20/19  //  Daily Update

White House lawyers want an opportunity to claim executive privilege and review Robert Mueller's report before it reaches lawmakers and the public. Search warrants obtained in the New York case against President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen were unsealed. The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals heard argument in an anti-corruption case against President Trump regarding his violations of the Constitution's emoluments clauses. The Supreme Court’s latest opinion adds to a string of decisions with sweeping views of ICE’s power to confine migrants. Federal judges have ruled against the Trump administration 63 times over the past two years.

Abigail DeHart

Michigan Law School

Daily Update | March 19, 2019

3/19/19  //  Daily Update

If the federal appeals court allows the Emoluments Clauses challenge against President Trump to move forward, he may be forced to disclose financial information related to his businesses. In addition to reviewing the statutory issues concerning the 2020 census citizenship question, the Supreme Court will also review the constitutional issue. DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen declared that the United States is not prepared to handle foreign cyber attacks but is taking steps to identify and combat these threats. The Department of Defense produced a fact sheet listing all military projects from which funding could potentially be diverted to build the southern border wall. Democratic congressional leaders requested the FBI open an investigation into Chinese American executive, Li Yang, for misusing her personal ties to President Trump.

Mackenzie Walz

University of Michigan Law School

Daily Update | March 18, 2019

3/18/19  //  Daily Update

President Trump issued his first veto, rejecting legislation to overturn his declaration of a national emergency to fund a border wall. President Trump encouraged House Republicans to vote in favor of a resolution calling on the Justice Department to make Robert Mueller’s final report public. Paul Manafort has been indicted by a Manhattan grand jury in connection with a multimillion-dollar mortgage fraud scheme. The Trump Administration has issued orders to put into effect next month new limitations on service in the military by transgender individuals. The Trump administration is considering sending a volunteer emergency response team to assist with security and humanitarian efforts at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Hilary Robin Rosenthal

Columbia Law School