Kyle Skinner  //  6/11/19  //  Daily Update


The House has voted to allow representatives to pursue civil suits to force information from stonewalling members of the administration. The Justice Department has agreed to turn key evidence in the Mueller probe over to the House in what might be a deal to avoid contempt charges. The Justice Department has released an OLC opinion saying that it is unconstitutional for Congress to prohibit executive branch attorneys from accompanying witnesses who are current or former executive branch employees called to testify before Congress.

 

DEMOCRACY

Mitch McConnell announced today that the Senate will receive a briefing on election security (The Hill).

Kia Rahnama explores the full extent of Congress’ investigatory and contempt  powers (Lawfare).

Mike Rogers, a former NSA director, says the Mueller probe shows how important it is that the U.S. protect itself against election interference (The Hill).

 

JUSTICE & SAFETY

The U.S. has formally requested extradition of Julian Assange (WaPo).

 

INVESTIGATIONS 

The House has voted to allow representatives to pursue civil suits to force information from stonewalling members of the administration (NPR). 

Facing the possibility of being held in contempt for refusing a subpoena, Barr plans to ask Trump to assert executive privilege over materials related to the citizenship question on the 2020 census (WaPo).

The Justice Department has agreed to turn key evidence in the Mueller probe over to the House in what might be a deal to avoid contempt charges (NYT, The Hill, WSJ, Guardian). 

Donald Trump, Jr. will testify tomorrow before the Senate Intelligence Committee in a closed-door hearing (WaPo).

The Justice Department has released an OLC opinion saying that it is unconstitutional for Congress to prohibit executive branch attorneys from accompanying witnesses who are current or former executive branch employees called to testify before Congress (Lawfare).


Daily Update | August 21, 2019

8/21/19  //  Daily Update

House Democrats asked a D.C. federal judge to expedite the release of President Trump’s tax returns. Days after indicating his support for federal background-check legislation, the President reportedly reversed course in a call with NRA officials. The NYPD fired the officer whose chokehold killed Eric Garner in 2014. The Trump administration told the Supreme Court that its attempt to end DACA was lawful.

Adam Smith

Harvard Law School

Daily Update | August 20, 2019

8/20/19  //  Daily Update

DOJ asked the Second Circuit to block House subpoenas for President Trump’s financial records. Civil rights groups filed suit against ICE over the quality of medical and mental health care at detention facilities. HUD proposed a rule that would make it substantially more difficult for plaintiffs to bring “disparate impact” claims under the Fair Housing Act. Planned Parenthood announced that it will withdraw from the Title X family planning program rather than comply with a Trump administration prohibition on abortion referrals. In the wake of Jeffrey Epstein’s death, AG Bill Barr announced that former Bureau of Prisons Director Kathleen Hawk Sawyer will replace Acting Director Hugh Hurwitz as the new director.

Nicandro Iannacci

Columbia Law School

Daily Update | August 16, 2019

8/16/19  //  Daily Update

The House Judiciary Committee subpoenaed Corey Lewandowski and former White House aide, Rick Dearborn, regarding President Trump’s potential obstruction of justice. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a court order requiring the Trump Administration provide hygiene supplies to children in the Rio Grande Valley detention facilities. The Israeli government announced that Representatives Omar and Tlaib are prohibited from visiting Israel during their upcoming trip after President Trump advocated for the prohibition on Twitter.

Mackenzie Walz

University of Michigan Law School