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 The Trump administration restored sanctions on Iran that had previously been rescinded as part of the now-revoked nuclear agreement.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The Trump administration restored sanctions on Iran that had previously been rescinded as part of the now-revoked nuclear agreement (NYTimes, WaPo, WSJ).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 | December 18, 2018

12/18/18  //  Daily Update

Two business associates of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn were indicted for conspiring to serve as unregistered foreign agents of Turkey and lying to federal investigators. Congressional Republicans continue to attempt to convince President Trump not to shut down the government if there is no funding allocated for a border wall. Democrats in Michigan have turned to Governor Rick Snyder in hopes of blocking Republican legislation that would strip significant authority from the Democratic Secretary of State and Attorney General. An official statement from Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs sharply criticized the United States Senate for claiming that crown prince Mohammed bin Salman was at least partially responsible for the death of Jamal Khashoggi. The Senate Intelligence Committee released two reports on Russian social media activity during the 2016 election. Russian disinformation teams targeted special counsel Robert Mueller with claims that he was corrupt and had ties to extremist groups.

Jacob Miller

Harvard Law School

Daily Update | December 17, 2018

12/17/18  //  Daily Update

A federal district judge in Texas struck down the Affordable Care Act after the Trump administration declined to defend the law. Nearly every organization that President Trump has led in the past decade is under criminal investigation. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke resigned after allegations of financial misconduct. Two years after its publication, many of the claims in the Steele dossier have been confirmed by other investigations. Kim Jong-un publicly warned that increased sanctions from the United States could end any chance of North Korean denuclearization. The Trump administration has aggressively sought to expedite high-profile cases to the Supreme Court in the hopes of securing victories from its conservative majority. A new report prepared for the Senate Intelligence Committee reveals that Russian government support for President Trump on social media was more widespread than previously known.

Jacob Miller

Harvard Law School

Daily Update | December 14, 2018

12/14/18  //  Daily Update

President Trump claimed he “never directed Michael Cohen to break the law,” and publicly criticized his former attorney following Cohen’s sentence to three years in jail. A 7-year-old girl from Guatemala died of dehydration and shock after being taken into Border Patrol custody a week ago according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The United States Senate voted 56 to 41 to withdraw American military assistance to Saudi Arabia in Yemen, going against President Trump’s defense of the nation following the killing of Jamal Khashoggi. Solicitor General Noel Francisco filed two requests at the Supreme Court asking it to stay injunctions from three lower courts on the Trump administration’s ban on transgender individuals from serving in the military. National security advisor John Bolton outlined a new strategy for the The Trump administration in Africa aimed primarily at opposing China. Maria Butina pled guilty to conspiracy to act as a foreign agent, and agreed to cooperate with with federal prosecutors going forward.

Jacob Miller

Harvard Law School