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 | May 20, 2019

5/20/19  //  Daily Update

The federal government’s ban on spending federal funds on abortions means that Medicaid recipients cannot access abortion, creating a burden on women of color and women living in poverty. A new rule proposed by the Trump administration would prohibit families from obtaining subsidized housing if any family member is undocumented. The Fourth Circuit found that the Trump administration’s decision to rescind DACA was arbitrary and capricious – and therefore unlawful – because it was not adequately explained and the administration did not address the impact of this decision on DACA-recipients’ reliance interests. The White House has released a new tool to solicit information from people who believe that their social media posts have been censored by politically biased social media companies.

Karen Kadish

Columbia Law School

Daily Update | May 16, 2019

5/16/19  //  Daily Update

The Trump Administration’s forthcoming immigration plan will focused on increasing the educational and skills requirements for people who are allowed to migrate to the United States and would scale back family-based immigration. Loose regulation of government websites allows executive agencies to weaken policies the executive branch opposes, such as the Affordable Care Act, which has been censored at least 26 times on HHS websites. The Trump Administration will not sign an international pledge to combat extremist content online, potentially because of First Amendment concerns. A new report from Paul C. Light outlines the ways that the House has investigated presidents since World War II, and gives an analysis of how Congress can conduct a meaningful probe into Presidential actions.

Karen Kadish

Columbia Law School

Daily Update | May 15, 2019

5/15/19  //  Daily Update

The Alabama Senate approved a measure that would outlaw abortion at all stages of pregnancy except in cases where the mother’s life is at serious risk; it awaits signature by Governor Kay Ivey. A new law will impose financial burdens on individuals convicted of felonies that make it harder for them to vote in Florida, despite the passing of Florida’s ballot initiative to restore voting rights to felons. Action from the FCC has continued to increase tensions between the United States and China following a unanimous vote to block China Mobile, and threatening public statements from President Trump. Donald Trump Jr. has agreed that he will appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee behind closed doors, following a fight between Republican lawmakers. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis claimed he was not allowed to say which two Florida counties were hacked by Russians in the 2016 election.

Jacob Miller

Harvard Law School