Nicandro Iannacci // 12/18/19 //
The House will vote on Articles of Impeachment. Elsewhere, the Trump Administration proposed new rules related to organ donation.
On the eve of the historic vote, protests in favor of impeachment took place across the country (NYT).
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) says Vice President Mike Pence is refusing to declassify information “directly relevant” to the impeachment inquiry (WaPo).
Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani has bragged in interviews that he “forced” out former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch (WaPo).
Seven legal experts weigh in on whether President Trump committed bribery (Vox).
Republicans that support impeachment and find the political courage to vote in favor may still survive reelection, write Jon Meacham and Michael E. Shepherd in The Washington Post
President Trump’s naked unilateralism poses a grave threat to national security, writes Harold Hongju Koh at Just Security.
With impeachment, we are on the verge of a constitutional breakdown, and it’s surprising it didn’t happen sooner, writes Neil Buchanan at Dorf on Law.
The president’s impeachment defense may have harmful consequences for the Ukraine whistleblower and all whistleblowers, write Stephen M. Kohn, Michael D. Kohn, and David K. Colapinto at The Hill.
TRUMP: INVESTIGATIONS & LITIGATION
President Trump said Guatemala is helping to reduce the number of asylum seekers in the U.S. after the countries signed a “safe third country” agreement in July (WaPo).
JUSTICE & SECURITY
The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court criticized the FBI’s surveillance of former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page and ordered the FBI to propose changes to how it seeks permission for surveillance (NYT, WaPo, WSJ, POLITICO).
The administration’s new restrictions on SNAP eligibility will hurt families and small businesses, writes Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-N.Y.) in The Hill.
CHECKS & BALANCES
House Democrats say HHS is stonewalling their investigation of Medicare and Medicaid chief Seema Verma’s extensive use of PR consultants (POLITICO).