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 | 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

Daily Update | March 13, 2019

3/13/19  //  Daily Update

The Trump Administration intends to close the international division of the USCIS by the end of the year and redirect those resources toward handling the immigration backlog in the United States. The New York Attorney General’s office issued subpoenas to Deutsche Bank and Investors Bank for records relating to four Trump Organization projects. President Trump’s budget for the upcoming fiscal year proposes significant cuts to Medicaid, which would negatively affect people with disabilities. President Trump’s decision to eliminate the requirement to publicly disclose civilian casualties from US counterterrorism strikes reduces transparency, but Congress can fill this gap. Speaker Pelosi does not support impeaching President Trump unless there is compelling and bipartisan support because impeachment is divisive and Trump is “just not worth it.”

Mackenzie Walz

University of Michigan Law School