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President Trump says he will let the Justice Department decide whether to release the report to be issued at the close of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. The Senate rebukes President Trump over troop withdrawals from Syria and Afghanistan. President Trump offers a pessimistic assessment of congressional negotiations over border security funding. Hundreds show up for immigration court hearings that turn out not to exist. President Trump pushes back against his own “naive” intelligence officials. The Trump Administration proposes big changes in how prescription drugs are priced.

 

TRUMP: INVESTIGATIONS AND LITIGATION

President Trump says he will let the Justice Department decide whether to release the report to be issued at the close of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation (NYT).

Robert Mueller requests more time to prepare for Roger Stone trial (The Hill).

 

IMMIGRATION

President Trump offers a pessimistic assessment of congressional negotiations over border security funding (WaPo).

  • The National Emergencies Act was never meant for something like President Trump’s wall, writes Gerald S. Dickinson at the Washington Post.

Hundreds show up for immigration court hearings that turn out not to exist (WaPo).

Asylum seekers are being sent back to Mexico from the U.S. under a Trump Administration policy (LA Times).

An undocumented worker who was a maid at President Trump’s golf course will attend the State of the Union (LA Times).

 

DEMOCRACY

Democrats ask if the Trump Administration misspent funds during the shutdown (WSJ).

 

JUSTICE AND SAFETY

The Senate rebukes President Trump over troop withdrawals from Syria and Afghanistan (NYT).

President Trump pushes back against his own “naive” intelligence officials (NYT).

  • President Trump’s moves against the intelligence community are hurting U.S. national security, write John Sipher and Benjamin Haas at Just Security.

President Trump says there’s a “good chance” the U.S. will reach a trade deal with China (NYT).

President Trump congratulates Venezuela’s opposition leader (WSJ).

  • The U.S. needs to stay out of Venezuela, writes Patrick Iber at the New York Times.
  • U.S. push to oust Venezuela’s president marks the first shot in a plan to reshape Latin America, write Jessica Donati, Vivian Salama, and Ian Talley at the Wall Street Journal.

President Trump says date and location set for summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un (WSJ).

U.S. weighs new Russia sanctions over the detention of Ukrainian soldiers (WSJ). 

Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani tells President Trump that the Kabul government is willing to help cut U.S. troop costs (WSJ).

 

CONFLICTS OF INTEREST

The disclosure of presidential tax returns will be the subject of a February 7 House hearing (WaPo).

 

REGULATION

President Trump signs an executive order to help U.S. manufacturers and “Trump People” (NYT).

Net neutrality rollback faces legal challenges testing the Trump Administration’s agenda (WSJ). 

Trump Administration proposes big changes in how prescription drugs are priced (WaPo).

 

FEDERALISM

Federal governments to seize more control over New York City public housing (NYT).

  


Daily Update | March 21, 2019

3/21/19  //  Daily Update

Until a recent D.C. Circuit decision becomes final, District Judge Kollar-Kotelly says her injunction barring the Administration from introducing limits on the service of transgender individuals in the military remains in place. Eighteen states have considered legislation this year that would require presidential and vice presidential candidates to post their tax returns in order to appear on a ballot. Senator Marco Rubio plans to introduce a constitutional amendment to limit the number of Supreme Court justices to nine. Analysis continues of the Supreme Court’s decision to allow ICE to detain migrants with criminal records long after their release from custody. Despite a variety of inquiries from the House Oversight and Reform Committee, the White House has refused to hand over any requested documents or produce any witnesses.

Hetali Lodaya

Michigan Law School

Daily Update | March 20, 2019

3/20/19  //  Daily Update

White House lawyers want an opportunity to claim executive privilege and review Robert Mueller's report before it reaches lawmakers and the public. Search warrants obtained in the New York case against President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen were unsealed. The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals heard argument in an anti-corruption case against President Trump regarding his violations of the Constitution's emoluments clauses. The Supreme Court’s latest opinion adds to a string of decisions with sweeping views of ICE’s power to confine migrants. Federal judges have ruled against the Trump administration 63 times over the past two years.

Abigail DeHart

Michigan Law School

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