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 The Trump administration restored sanctions on Iran that had previously been rescinded as part of the now-revoked nuclear agreement.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The Trump administration restored sanctions on Iran that had previously been rescinded as part of the now-revoked nuclear agreement (NYTimes, WaPo, WSJ).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 | August 14, 2018

8/14/18  //  Daily Update

The District of Columbia rejects Russian company’s bid to dismiss charges brought by Robert Mueller. Omarosa Manigault Newman, former aide to President Trump, releases a recording of her firing made in the White House Situation Room. President Trump appears to admit that White House aids sign nondisclosure agreements. FBI Agent Peter Strzok, who criticized President Trump in texts, is fired. Rudy Giuliani says President Trump’s lawyers are prepared to counter Robert Mueller. The prosecution called its final witness in Paul Manafort’s trial. A rally by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, is greatly outnumbered by counter-protesters.

Roshaan Wasim

Columbia Law School

Daily Update | August 13, 2018

8/13/18  //  Daily Update

Testimony in Paul Manafort’s trial asserted that the CEO of Federal Savings Bank, which lent Manafort $16 million, wanted Manafort to get him a Cabinet-level position. A federal judge threatened to hold DOJ officials -- even Jeff Sessions -- when a mother and child were deported in the middle of their suit against the DOJ. GEO Group, a private prison that contracts to provide immigration detention centers, has threatened to sue protesters for defamation and tortious interference. The torture of a suspected al-Qaeda terrorist, including waterboarding, is described in detail in cables that CIA Director Gina Haspel sent to agency headquarters in late 2002. Hacking competitions show that manipulating the U.S. elections systems is easy -- even within the capability of budding adolescent hackers. Financial trails suggest that Peter Smith, a Republican operative, may have paid Russian hackers in his quest to obtain Hillary Clinton’s missing e-mails.

Karen Kadish

Columbia Law School

Daily Update | August 10, 2018

8/10/18  //  Daily Update

President Trump’s legal team have made a counteroffer to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s proposed terms for an interview between Mr. Mueller and President Trump. The proposed terms would allow questioning on Russian collusion, but would limit inquiries regarding obstruction of justice. The National Association of Immigration Judges filed a labor grievance on Wednesday, accusing the Department of Justice of undermining their autonomy by reassigning cases in order to maximize deportations. The Senate Judiciary Committee released the first set of documents from Brett Kavanaugh’s time in the George W. Bush White House. Foreign lobbyists and their agents have spent over $530 million influencing US policy and public opinion since January, 2017.

Karen Kadish

Columbia Law School