Jacob Miller  //  2/20/19  //  Daily Update


President Trump denied asking former acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker to put a U.S. attorney who would be sympathetic to President Trump in charge of the investigation into payments to a woman President Trump allegedly had an affair with. The Supreme Court ruled 6-3 that a Texas man may not be executed due to his having an intellectual disability, reversing a Texas Court of Criminal Appeals decision. Judge Amy Berman Jackson ordered a hearing on Roger Stone’s bail status after he posted an image on Instagram which appeared to show the judge’s head next to the crosshairs of a gun. President Trump signed an order to create a military branch under Air Force control that would primarily deal with threats in space, which he has referred to as a “space force.” The House Committee on Oversight and Reform released a report discussing allegations from whistleblowers that Michael Flynn and other members of the Trump administration were part of an effort to transfer nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia.

 

TRUMP INVESTIGATIONS & LITIGATION

The New York Times looked back at President Trump's efforts to undermine investigations into his administration over the past two years.

  • Read the report here.

Data on public statements and Twitter posts from President Trump indicate he has attacked the Russia Investigation more than 1,100 times, write Larry Buchanan and Karen Yourish for the New York Times.

Judge Amy Berman Jackson ordered a hearing on Roger Stone’s bail status after he posted an image on Instagram which appeared to show the judge’s head next to the crosshairs of a gun (NYT, WaPo, WSJ, LATimes, Politico).

  • Stone formally apologized to Judge Jackson for the post (Politico).

President Trump denied asking former acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker to put a U.S. attorney who would be sympathetic to President Trump in charge of the investigation into payments to a woman President Trump allegedly had an affair with (Politico).

 

CIVIL RIGHTS

The Supreme Court ruled 6-3 that a Texas man may not be executed due to his having an intellectual disability, reversing a Texas Court of Criminal Appeals decision (Hill).

Justice Thomas wrote that the Supreme Court “should reconsider the precedents” of libel law, including New York Times v. Sullivan, when an appropriate case arises, while concurring in denial of certiorari in a case involving libel claims (NYT, WaPo, LATimes).

 

JUSTICE & SAFETY

President Trump’s focus on the border has ignored actual national emergencies including climate change, gun violence, and cyber attacks, write former Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and Karen Breslau for Politico

The Trump administration’s policies withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal and attempting to start a trade war with China have directly led to cyber attacks and made Americans less safe, writes John Glaser for the CATO Institute.

President Trump signed an order to create a military branch under Air Force control that would primarily deal with threats in space, which he has referred to as a “space force” (NYT, WaPo, WSJ).

 

CONFLICTS OF INTEREST

The House Committee on Oversight and Reform released a report discussing allegations from whistleblowers that Michael Flynn and other members of the Trump administration were part of an effort to transfer nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia (NYT, WaPo, WSJ

  • Read the report here.

 

REGULATION

Congress should act to address President Trump appearing to have cost the United States over $12 billion by removing cost-sharing payments under the ACA, writes Nick Bagley in the second part of his series of articles for Take Care.

 

RULE OF LAW

The Trump administration has enabled corruption by appearing to support efforts in Guatemala against to undermine the UN-sponsored anti-impunity commission, argues Matthew Stephenson for the Global Anticorruption Blog.

 


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 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