Mackenzie Walz  //  2/6/19  //  Daily Update


New York federal prosecutors delivered a subpoena to Trump’s inaugural committee, requesting an array of documents related to the committee’s donations and spending. Two years later, President Trump’s Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement hotline is still being criticized as racist and anti-immigrant. The Trump Administration concluded there is no evidence that a foreign entity materially impacted US election systems during the 2018 election. Trade negotiations between the United States and the European Union are likely doomed as each side has made propositions the other finds unacceptable. President Trump will nominate senior Treasury Department official and World Bank critic, David Malpass, as President of the World Bank. 

 

TRUMP: INVESTIGATIONS & LITIGATION

The Special Counsel’s report must be made public for the American people to learn the identity of the “senior Trump Campaign official” referenced in Roger Stone’s indictment, asserts Joyce Vance at Just Security.

New York federal prosecutors delivered a subpoena to Trump’s inaugural committee, requesting an array of documents related to the committee’s donations and spending (WaPo; WSJ).

New York federal prosecutors have requested interviews with multiple senior members of the Trump Organization, likely in connection with the Office’s ongoing investigations into the Organization (The Hill).

 

IMMIGRATION

Two years later, President Trump’s Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement hotline is still being criticized as racist and anti-immigrant (WaPo; NYT).

 

JUSTICE & SAFETY

Abandoning the INF treaty rather than enforcing it will waste money and put the safety of the United States and its allies at risk, writes Katrine vanden Heuvel at The Washington Post.

 

REGULATION

Trade negotiations between the United States and the European Union are likely doomed as each side has made propositions the other finds unacceptable, argue Hans Von Der Burchard and Adam Behsudi at Politico.

President Trump will nominate senior Treasury Department official and World Bank critic, David Malpass, as President of the World Bank (LATimes; WSJ).

 

CHECKS & BALANCES 

Neomi Rao, the current OIRA Administrator, is a qualified candidate to serve on the DC Circuit, which is the leading administrative law court, argues Chris Walker.

The Trump Administration has sent more DOJ views letters to Congress in defense of executive powers than the Obama Administration had at this stage (Lawfare).

 

RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE

The Trump Administration concluded there is no evidence that a foreign entity materially impacted US election systems during the 2018 election (The Hill).

 


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