Emily Morrow // 12/19/19 //
The House of Representatives voted to impeach President Trump. Some Democrats urge House leaders to withhold the articles to delay a trial in the Senate. Meanwhile, the Fifth Circuit issues an inconclusive decision about the future of the ACA, and DHS and DOJ proposed a new rulemaking to amend the list of crimes that bar relief for asylum seekers.
The House of Representatives voted to impeach President Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, making him the third president in history to be impeached (Politico; NYT; WaPo).
TRUMP: INVESTIGATIONS & LITIGATION
Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz testified that he was concerned with the FBI’s investigation of former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, but that this did not “infect” separate investigation efforts (NYT; WaPo).
A New York state judge dismissed residential mortgage fraud charges against Paul Manafort since the local charges constituted double jeopardy (WaPo).
Public debate on President Trump and Rudy Giuliani’s pressure on Ukraine leaves out the practical impact: the effort “to deceive and manipulate American voters and undermine their ability to cast an informed vote,” writes Viola Gienger at Just Security.
USCIS released and expanded policy guidance on the good moral character requirement for naturalization (ImmigrationProfBlog).
The ACLU sued the CBP to order the agency to release information about training and guidelines for Tactical Terrorism Response Teams (“TTRT”) operating at airports and other ports of entry (ACLU).
The NLRB ruled that employers can ban employees from using work email for union organizing (Ars Technica).
President Trump nominated Bryan Ware as assistant director of cybersecurity of the DHS (The Hill).
The benefits of administrative agencies would be better realized if independent courts heard agency adjudications and Congress decided whether to approve major regulations, writes Michael Rappaport at The Regulatory Review.
CHECKS & BALANCES
The investigation of Medicare and Medicaid chief Seema Verma demonstrates the need for the HHS OIG to have permanent, Senate-confirmed leadership, writesDonald K. Sherman at CREW.
A federal district court ordered the Department of Defense to provide documents, including pertaining to the policy justification, in litigation regarding the transgender military ban (Lambda Legal).