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 | 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