Mackenzie Walz  //  12/6/18  //  Daily Update


DOJ prosecutors have begun interviewing witnesses about two Washington lobbying firms linked to Paul Manafort. Domestic law enforcement agencies have become increasingly militarized over the years, but the Trump Administration is accelerating this militarization. The DOJ filed a memorandum in the litigation over the release of the Carter Page FISA, arguing it should not be assumed that President Trump’s Twitter statements concerning the matter are accurate or based on the President’s knowledge of the situation. After President Trump was elected in 2016, Saudi lobbyists reserved rooms for an estimated 500 nights at President Trump’s D.C. hotel to house the veterans in an unorthodox campaign they funded. President Trump’s Executive Order closing the federal government on Wednesday December 5th “as a mark of respect” for the passing of President George H.W. Bush violates the text of an 1893 statute.

 

TRUMP: INVESTIGATIONS & LITIGATION

DOJ prosecutors have begun interviewing witnesses about two Washington lobbying firms linked to Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign manager and a subject of the Special Counsel Investigation (AP; The Hill).

While the Special Counsel’s sentencing memorandum for Michael Flynn was heavily redacted, there are a few sections that stick out and support the conclusion that Flynn’s cooperation will substantially help the investigation, analyzes Alan Blake at the Washington Post.

 

IMMIGRATION

Domestic law enforcement agencies have become increasingly militarized over the years, but the Trump Administration is accelerating this militarization, argues Cynthia Pompa, Advocacy Manager of the ACLU Border Rights Center.

 

DEMOCRACY

The DOJ filed a memorandum in the litigation over the release of the Carter Page FISA, arguing it should not be assumed that President Trump’s Twitter statements concerning the matter are accurate or based on the President’s knowledge of the situation (Lawfare).

Individuals and organizations seeking to create a truly democratic future for the United States must first understand the past, where racial diversity led to fear and backlash, writes Georgetown University Professor, Marcia Chatelain, for Protect Democracy and Take Care.

  • More information on the “building a truly inclusive and multi-racial American democracy” symposium can be found here.

 

JUSTICE & SAFETY

China’s Commerce Ministry confirmed that the country agreed to a 90-day cease-fire with the United States to allow for negotiations (WSJ).

  • President Trump touted confidence that the United States will meet a broader trade deal with China (The Hill).

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo misled senators on the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in a Senate-only briefing last week, claims Senator Chris Murphy. 

In response to the Trump Administration’s announcement of a potential withdrawal from the INF Treaty, Russian President Vladimir Putin raised the possibility of a future arms race with the United States (WSJ).

  • Richard Burt and Thomas Countryman argue for Politico that, rather than withdraw from the treaty, the United States should engage in diplomatic efforts.

 

CONFLICTS OF INTEREST

After President Trump was elected in 2016, Saudi lobbyists reserved rooms for an estimated 500 nights at President Trump’s D.C. hotel to house the veterans in an unorthodox campaign they funded (WaPo).


REGULATION

A priority for the incoming Congress should be ensuring that the nearly 1,400 community health centers throughout the United States do not lose 71% of their funding, writes George Washington University Professor, Sara Rosenbaum, for Take Care.

The Department of Education’s proposed Title IX regulations, while allegedly designed to ensure due process, “represent yet another effort to erode important civil rights protections,” argues Janet Napolitano for the Washington Post.

President Trump’s Executive Order closing the federal government on Wednesday December 5th “as a mark of respect” for the passing of President George H.W. Bush violates the text of an 1893 statute, argues Neil Kinkopf for Take Care.

 

CHECKS AND BALANCES

Because of Bernard McNamee’s record of bias toward fossil fuels, the Senate should reject his nomination to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, argues Mary Anne Hitt for The Hill

 

RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE

FCC Chairman, Ajit Pai, acknowledged that Russia interfered with the net neutrality repeal public comment process, referring to evidence that “half a million comments were submitted from Russian e-mail addresses” (The Hill).

 


Daily Update | March 19, 2019

3/19/19  //  Daily Update

If the federal appeals court allows the Emoluments Clauses challenge against President Trump to move forward, he may be forced to disclose financial information related to his businesses. In addition to reviewing the statutory issues concerning the 2020 census citizenship question, the Supreme Court will also review the constitutional issue. DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen declared that the United States is not prepared to handle foreign cyber attacks but is taking steps to identify and combat these threats. The Department of Defense produced a fact sheet listing all military projects from which funding could potentially be diverted to build the southern border wall. Democratic congressional leaders requested the FBI open an investigation into Chinese American executive, Li Yang, for misusing her personal ties to President Trump.

Mackenzie Walz

University of Michigan Law School

Daily Update | March 18, 2019

3/18/19  //  Daily Update

President Trump issued his first veto, rejecting legislation to overturn his declaration of a national emergency to fund a border wall. President Trump encouraged House Republicans to vote in favor of a resolution calling on the Justice Department to make Robert Mueller’s final report public. Paul Manafort has been indicted by a Manhattan grand jury in connection with a multimillion-dollar mortgage fraud scheme. The Trump Administration has issued orders to put into effect next month new limitations on service in the military by transgender individuals. The Trump administration is considering sending a volunteer emergency response team to assist with security and humanitarian efforts at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Hilary Robin Rosenthal

Columbia Law School

Daily Update | March 13, 2019

3/13/19  //  Daily Update

The Trump Administration intends to close the international division of the USCIS by the end of the year and redirect those resources toward handling the immigration backlog in the United States. The New York Attorney General’s office issued subpoenas to Deutsche Bank and Investors Bank for records relating to four Trump Organization projects. President Trump’s budget for the upcoming fiscal year proposes significant cuts to Medicaid, which would negatively affect people with disabilities. President Trump’s decision to eliminate the requirement to publicly disclose civilian casualties from US counterterrorism strikes reduces transparency, but Congress can fill this gap. Speaker Pelosi does not support impeaching President Trump unless there is compelling and bipartisan support because impeachment is divisive and Trump is “just not worth it.”

Mackenzie Walz

University of Michigan Law School