Kyle Skinner  //  2/18/19  //  Daily Update


Trump has declared a national emergency to fund the border wall. As a border wall becomes more likely, asylum seekers at the border are giving up hope. The Court will review the census citizenship question dispute this term. The Special Counsel's office filed its sentencing memo in Paul Manafort's case. Special Counsel Robert Mueller has subpoenaed a former employee of the data firm Cambridge Analytica. A district court ordered the Trump administration to halt the imminent discharge of HIV-positive airmen. 

  

TRUMP INVESTIGATIONS & LITIGATION

The Special Counsel's office filed its sentencing memo in Paul Manafort's case (Lawfare). 

Special Counsel Robert Mueller has subpoenaed a former employee of the data firm Cambridge Analytica (The Hill).

A gag order was issued in the Roger Stone case (Lawfare).

 

IMMIGRATION

Trump has declared a national emergency to fund the border wall (WSJ, ImmigrationProfBlog).

  • You can read the declaration at Lawfare.
  • The declaration may be based on false claims (NYT).
  • Jack Goldsmith analyzes what is and isn’t a big deal at Lawfare.       
  • Courts might be able to stop him (NYT, NPR, Lawfare). Dahlia Lithwick argues that his assertions that he will win undermine the Supreme Court (Slate).
  • Gorsuch’s property rights jurisprudence may create problems for Trump’s border wall (Mother Jones). 
  • Bob Bauer explores how the Trump administration thought through the announcements legal implications (Lawfare). Annika Lichtenbaum discusses the role of the Office of Legal Counsel (Lawfare). 
  • Public Citizen filed the first lawsuit following Trump’s announcement (The Hill).
  • As a border wall becomes more likely, asylum seekers at the border are giving up hope (NYT).
  • To the contrary of Trump’s statements, border towns may be some of the safest places around (ImmigrationProfBlog).

 

CIVIL RIGHTS

Dahlia Lithwick writes about Kavanaugh’s rhetoric on abortion (Slate).

A district court ordered the Trump administration to halt the imminent discharge of HIV-positive airmen (LAMBDA Legal).

 

DEMOCRACY

The Court will review the census citizenship question dispute this term (SCOTUS Blog, Election Law Blog).

Steven Rosen discusses the online voting revolution (Salon).

 


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