Nicandro Iannacci // 6/10/19 //
President Trump withdrew his tariff threat after the U.S. and Mexico reached an agreement on migration. A federal judge in D.C. ordered the release of certain redacted sections of former FBI Director James Comey’s memos of conversations with President Trump. At the instruction of the White House, former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach refused to answer several questions from the House Oversight Committee about the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 Census. The FTC sent top antitrust officials to Silicon Valley to seek out complaints about anticompetitive behavior, signaling a greater interest in policing the tech industry.
TRUMP: INVESTIGATIONS AND LITIGATION
A federal appeals court in D.C. ordered the release of certain sealed documents in a legal dispute between an unnamed foreign company and Special Counsel Robert Mueller (The Hill).
A federal judge in D.C. ordered the release of certain redacted sections of former FBI Director James Comey’s memos of conversations with President Trump (The Hill).
Although he was always unlikely to end his probe to bipartisan acclaim, Special Counsel Mueller tried to do his work “by the book” while occasionally pushing boundaries, writes Bob Bauer at Lawfare.
Special Counsel Mueller’s decision not to make a formal judgment on obstruction of justice charges may have been a smart move to maximize information available to Congress and the public, writes Randall D. Eliason at The Washington Post.
Here are four “disturbing” details from the Mueller Report that you may have missed, writes Quinta Jurecic at The New York Times.
The Trump administration is seeking to revoke citizenship from a naturalized citizen convicted of terrorism (Politico).
Border Patrol apprehensions of migrants from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador rose again in the last month, totaling 1.3 percent of the combined population of those countries, writes Alex Nowrasteh at Cato at Liberty.
A new rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services prevents home health care workers from deducting union dues from their paychecks (Disability Scoop).
Several U.S. embassies are still raising LGBT pride flags in defiance of State Department procedures and orders (WaPo).
At the instruction of the White House, former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach refused to answer several questions from the House Oversight Committee about the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 Census (WaPo, The Hill, Politico, Election Law Blog).
House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) said he would move forward with contempt votes for AG Bill Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross after they refused to turn over documents related to the 2020 Census investigation (The Hill, WSJ).
JUSTICE & SAFETY
Acting OMB Director Russell T. Vought is seeking a delay of restrictions on business with Chinese telecommunications company Huawei (WSJ).
The Trump administration’s emergency sale of arms to Saudi Arabia includes a provision allowing a top U.S. defense firm to build high-tech bomb parts in that country (NYT).
AG Bill Barr is gaining power and influence in the Trump administration, but observers are wondering if that’s a boon or threat to the rule of law (NYT)
The U.S.-U.K. extradition treaty may block the extradition of Julian Assange to the U.S., raising questions about the DOJ’s charges and strategy, writes John T. Nelson at Just Security.
CONFLICTS OF INTEREST
New documents show that DOE Secretary Betsy DeVos has taken no steps to recuse herself from matters involving brain performance company Neurocore, in which she has a financial interest (CREW).
The White House tried to prevent a State Department intelligence analyst from discussing climate science in testimony to the House Intelligence Committee (NYT).
DOE Principal Deputy Under Secretary Diane Auer Jones is leading the DOE’s overhaul of the accreditation system, loosening restrictions to promote for-profit and religiously affiliated schools (NYT).
The White House rebuffed a request from numerous U.S. and foreign businesses to reconsider the repeal of Obama-era fuel efficiency requirements, with the EPA-DOT proposal likely to be finalized this summer (WaPo, WSJ).
The FTC sent top antitrust officials to Silicon Valley to seek out complaints about anticompetitive behavior, signaling a greater interest in policing the tech industry (Politico).
The Trump administration is undermining science at the USDA through budget cuts and other policies, write Gale A. Buchanan and Catherine E. Woteki at The Washington Post.
CHECKS & BALANCES
The next wave of congressional subpoena will pit Congress’s oversight power against the Trump administration’s claims of executive privilege, writes Andy Wright at Just Security.
REMOVAL FROM OFFICE
Democrats are wrestling with the question of impeachment and are split into different camps about how to approach the problem (WaPo).