Nicandro Iannacci // 12/4/19 //
The House Judiciary Committee will hold its first impeachment hearing on Wednesday, featuring four legal scholars on impeachment (POLITICO).
For his defense, President Trump is relying chiefly on White House Counsel Pat Cipollone and in-house lawyers, not his personal lawyers (WaPo).
As a defense of the president, Senate Republicans are increasingly embracing the unsupported theory that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 election (NYT).
House Democrats are considering the inclusion of issues beyond Ukraine in eventual articles of impeachment (WaPo).
TRUMP: INVESTIGATIONS & LITIGATION
The Second Circuit ordered Deutsche Bank and Capital One to comply with congressional subpoenas for President Trump’s financial records, giving him one week to seek review from the Supreme Court (WaPo, WSJ, POLITICO, The Hill).
Newly obtained documents reveal details about key events investigated by the Mueller probe (NYT).
JUSTICE & SAFETY
DHS is proposing a new regulation to require all travelers visiting or entering the U.S. to be photographed (The Hill).
The president’s designation of Mexican cartels as terrorist organizations could have unintended negative consequences on a range of issues, writesIoan Grillo at The New York Times.
The president’s handling of the Gallagher case, among others, suggests that presidents should be legally restrained from using the pardon power on behalf of service members convicted of war crimes, writes Lt. Col. Dan Maurer at Lawfare.
DOE Secretary Betsy DeVos suggested that the Federal Student Aid office should be a standalone agency (WaPo).
Dr. Stephen Hahn, the president’s nominee to lead the FDA, was approved by the Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions Committee (NYT).
The HHS patent lawsuit against Gilead, the maker of PreP, could set novel precedent in drug patent litigation and expand access to the drug, writes Phebe Hong at Bill of Health.