Hilary Robin Rosenthal  //  1/10/19  //  Daily Update


The current government shutdown is the second longest ever. President Trump walked out of shutdown talks when Democrats rejected funds for the border wall. Justice Kavanaugh writes his first opinion for the Supreme Court. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein expects to leave the Justice Department if new attorney general Matthew Whitaker is confirmed. Congress has summoned Treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin to deliver a briefing about the Trump administration’s plans to end sanctions on companies linked to Russian oligarch Oleg V. Deripaska. President Trump threatens to block federal emergency funds for California fire relief if officials there do not “get their act together” to prevent forest fires.

 

TRUMP: INVESTIGATIONS AND LITIGATION

A bill to protect special counsel Robert Mueller is likely to get another vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee, reports Burgess Everett.

A law firm— Alston & Bird— that has represented Russian interests is involved in the mysterious Mueller subpoena case (The Hill).

 

DEMOCRACY

The current government shutdown is the second longest ever, analyzes Gilbert Gates.

President Trump walked out of shutdown talks when Democrats rejected funds for the border wall, writes Jennifer Haberkorn.

  • He walked out calling the meeting a “total waste of time” after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told him the Democrats wouldn’t approve funding for a border wall (WSJ).
  • Many legal experts do not think the Constitution or courts could prevent President Trump from declaring a national emergency to fund a wall on the southern border, writes David Savage.

 

JUSTICE & SAFETY

President Trump threatens to block federal emergency funds for California fire relief if officials there do not “get their act together” to prevent forest fires, write Rebecca Ballhaus and Jim Carlton.

The Justice Department charges a former commanding officer of Guantanamo Bay military base with obstruction of justice for allegedly lying about a violent confrontation, reports Devlin Barrett. 

 

REGULATION

President Trump formally nominates Andrew Wheeler, currently acting head of the EPA, to be the EPA administrator (Politico).

 

RULE OF LAW

Justice Kavanaugh writes his first opinion for the Supreme Court, comments Ronald Mann.

 

CONFLICTS OF INTEREST

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein expects to leave the Justice Department if new attorney general Matthew Whitaker is confirmed (Wash PoWSJ).

Congress has summoned Treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin to deliver a briefing about the Trump administration’s plans to end sanctions on companies linked to Russian oligarch Oleg V. Deripaska (NY Times).

 


Daily Update | January 17, 2019

1/17/19  //  Daily Update

Citing security concerns due to the government shutdown, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi asked President Trump to reschedule the State of the Union address or deliver it in writing. At his confirmation hearing, William Barr’s testimony sent mixed signals about what kind of Attorney General he will be. In a new report, the inspector general of the GSA says the agency “ignored” constitutional issues in its decision to allow the Trump International Hotel to maintain a lease in the Old Post Office building in Washington and recommended that the agency review the lease again. The Pentagon is developing a new vetting process for recruits with “foreign ties,” including some U.S. citizens. Iranian state television said one of its journalists has been arrested in the United States, but the U.S. government has not confirmed. T-Mobile executives have made repeated stays at Trump hotels, raising suspicions that they are trying to influence the administration’s decision about its merger with Sprint.

Nicandro Iannacci

Columbia Law School

Daily Update | January 16, 2019

1/16/19  //  Daily Update

A federal judge ruled against the Trump Administration, finding the inclusion of the citizenship question on the 2020 census violates the Administrative Procedure Act. The Pentagon approved a request from DHS to extend the deployment of US troops at the US-Mexico border until September 30th. During his Senate confirmation hearing, Attorney General nominee, Bill Barr, reassured he would not be bullied by anyone, including the President. The Special Counsel’s office filed a partially redacted memorandum describing the false statements given by Paul Manafort during his cooperation. President Trump’s appointment of Joe Otting as the acting director of FHFA may violate the agency’s governing statute.

Mackenzie Walz

University of Michigan Law School

Daily Update | January 15, 2019

1/15/19  //  Daily Update

Attorney General nominee Bill Barr said in written testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee that Special Counsel Robert Mueller should be allowed to complete his investigation. More than 40,000 immigration hearings across the country have been cancelled because of backlogs due to the government shutdown. President Trump threatened to economically “devastate” Turkey if it attacked U.S. Kurdish partners in Syria following U.S. withdrawal. A federal judge in California temporarily blocked new rules that would have allowed employers to opt out of the ACA's contraceptive mandate from going into effect in several states. The Department of Education is expected to issue a proposal this month which would change work rules for people with disabilities.

Abigail DeHart

Michigan Law School