Kyle Skinner  //  6/13/19  //  Daily Update


Plaintiffs challenging the addition of a citizenship quesiton to the census filed a motion asking the Supreme Court to remand for further proceedings in light of new evidence. The House Oversight Committee voted to hold William Barr and Wilbur Ross in contempt of Congress. The Trump administration is exerting executive privilege over documents requested by the House Oversight and Reform Committee dealing with the addition of the citizenship question on the 2020 census. House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff threatened to subpoena FBI Director Christopher Wray for not informing Congress about the status of a counterintelligence investigation into links between Trump's 2016 campaign and Russia.

 

RULE OF LAW

"Becoming a great lawyer requires that you be courageous, press boundaries wherever you are, and insist that things can always change for the better, especially now," warned Robbie Kaplan at Harvard Law School's Class Day (here).

 

IMMIGRATION

Mumps has broken out in an ICE detention center (Immigration Prof Blog).

A new report by the Southern Poverty Law Center says that immigration courts, far from being partial, have been politically weaponized (Immigration Prof).

 

DEMOCRACY

The Trump administration is exerting executive privilege over documents requested by the House Oversight and Reform Committee dealing with the addition of the citizenship question on the 2020 census (Lawfare, NYT).

Sens. Klobuchar and Wyden have written a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray demanding to learn more about Russia’s attempted hacking of a company that produces voting machines as revealed in the Mueller report (The Hill).

Plaintiffs challenging the addition of a citizenship question to the census filed a motion asking the Supreme Court to remand for further proceedings in light of new evidence, in a brief you can read here.

 

JUSTICE & SAFETY

Members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee are expected to reveal four resolutions disapproving of Trump’s arm dealing with Saudi Arabia today (WaPo).

 

INVESTIGATIONS

The House Oversight Committee voted to hold William Barr and Wilbur Ross in contempt of Congress (CNN, Politico, The Hill).

House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff threatened to subpoena FBI Director Christopher Wray for not informing Congress about the status of a counterintelligence investigation into links between Trump's 2016 campaign and Russia (Politico).

John T. Nelson argues that Congress should continue investigating Trump in areas Mueller’s investigation did not reach (Just Security).

Donald Trump, Jr. spent about three hours today testifying in a closed-door session before the Senate Intelligence Committee (WaPo).

Kamala Harris says that if elected president, her DOJ would have no choice but to prosecute Trump for obstruction of justice once he left office (NPR).

  • Benjamin Wittes argues that such statements are dangerous and damage norms (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