Nicandro Iannacci  //  8/8/19  //  Daily Update


The House Judiciary Committee filed a lawsuit to force former White House Counsel Don McGahn to comply with a subpoena to testify. The DHS inspector general is investigating allegations of harassment and possible CBP violation of U.S. laws in connection with a government database of lawyers, journalists, and advocates. President Trump has expressed support for extensive background checks for gun sales but is getting pushback from the NRA and White House aides. DOD, GSA and NASA published a rule banning federal agencies from purchasing telecommunications equipment from Huawei and four other Chinese companies.

 

TRUMP: INVESTIGATIONS & LITIGATION

The House Judiciary Committee filed a lawsuit to force former White House Counsel Don McGahn to comply with a subpoena to testify (WaPo, WSJ, POLITICO, The Hill).

  • The complaint is here.

 

IMMIGRATION

ICE arrested more than 600 immigrants working in the U.S. illegally in multiple raids across Mississippi (NYT, WSJ).

The State Department is denying significantly more visas from Mexican applicants, largely on “public charge” grounds (POLITICO).

The DHS inspector general is investigating allegations of harassment and possible CBP violation of U.S. laws in connection with a government database of lawyers, journalists, and advocates (BuzzFeed News).

 

CIVIL RIGHTS

The White House is considering an executive order to address alleged anti-conservative bias on tech platforms (POLITICO).

 

JUSTICE & SAFETY

President Trump has expressed support for extensive background checks for gun sales but is getting pushback from the NRA and White House aides (WaPo).

The president said he is “strongly considering” commuting the sentence of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich (R-Ill.) (NYT, WaPo, WSJ).

The Trump administration ordered a freeze on foreign aid money from the State Department and USAID (NYT).

Kimberly Breier, assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere affairs, resigned after less than one year in the post (NYT, WaPo).

DOD, GSA and NASA published a rule banning federal agencies from purchasing telecommunications equipment from Huawei and four other Chinese companies (The Hill).

The Trump administration announced that it will seek a trade deal with Britain as soon as possible after the country has left the European Union (AP).

The Trump administration is also hoping for another round of nuclear talks with North Korea in the coming weeks, despite recent missile tests (AP).

 

REGULATION

The FCC denied a complaint against Verizon for alleged violation of net neutrality rules (Ars Technica).


Daily Update | August 21, 2019

8/21/19  //  Daily Update

House Democrats asked a D.C. federal judge to expedite the release of President Trump’s tax returns. Days after indicating his support for federal background-check legislation, the President reportedly reversed course in a call with NRA officials. The NYPD fired the officer whose chokehold killed Eric Garner in 2014. The Trump administration told the Supreme Court that its attempt to end DACA was lawful.

Adam Smith

Harvard Law School

Daily Update | August 20, 2019

8/20/19  //  Daily Update

DOJ asked the Second Circuit to block House subpoenas for President Trump’s financial records. Civil rights groups filed suit against ICE over the quality of medical and mental health care at detention facilities. HUD proposed a rule that would make it substantially more difficult for plaintiffs to bring “disparate impact” claims under the Fair Housing Act. Planned Parenthood announced that it will withdraw from the Title X family planning program rather than comply with a Trump administration prohibition on abortion referrals. In the wake of Jeffrey Epstein’s death, AG Bill Barr announced that former Bureau of Prisons Director Kathleen Hawk Sawyer will replace Acting Director Hugh Hurwitz as the new director.

Nicandro Iannacci

Columbia Law School

Daily Update | August 16, 2019

8/16/19  //  Daily Update

The House Judiciary Committee subpoenaed Corey Lewandowski and former White House aide, Rick Dearborn, regarding President Trump’s potential obstruction of justice. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a court order requiring the Trump Administration provide hygiene supplies to children in the Rio Grande Valley detention facilities. The Israeli government announced that Representatives Omar and Tlaib are prohibited from visiting Israel during their upcoming trip after President Trump advocated for the prohibition on Twitter.

Mackenzie Walz

University of Michigan Law School