Hetali Lodaya  //  6/14/19  //  Daily Update


Hope Hicks will testify before the House Judiciary Committee next Wednesday. The DC District Court denied HHS’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit from two women who want to adopt refugee children and were denied from doing so by an HHS-funded group because they are a same-sex couple. President Trump has said he would accept information on political opponents from foreign governments during the 2020 election. Senate Republicans blocked a bill that would force campaigns to report assistance from foreign governments to the FEC and the FBI. The Office of the Special Counsel has recommended that the President Fire Kellyanne Conway for violations of the Hatch Act.

 

TRUMP: INVESTIGATIONS AND LITIGATION

Hope Hicks will testify before the House Judiciary Committee next Wednesday. (WSJ)

The House Intelligence panel has subpoenaed Rick Gates and Michael Flynn. (WaPo)

 

IMMIGRATION

The California and New Mexico state AGs have asked for an injunction preventing the President from using DOD funds to build a wall on the southern border. (The Hill)

 

CIVIL RIGHTS

The DC District Court denied HHS’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit from two women who want to adopt refugee children and were denied from doing so by an HHS-funded group because they are a same-sex couple. (Lambda Legal)

 

DEMOCRACY

The aim of the contempt votes in the House over the census case is to influence the Supreme Court Justices, argues Kimberley Strassel at WSJ.

Between the census case and a potential impeachment inquiry, Chief Justice Roberts is likely to be in the spotlight soon, writes Brianne Gorod at Take Care.

A watchdog group has called for investigations into perjury regarding the reasons for adding the citizenship question for the census. (The Hill)

President Trump has said he would accept information on political opponents from foreign governments during the 2020 election. (Buzzfeed)

  • There is no First Amendment defense for doing so, writes Rick Hasen at ElectionLawBlog.
  • Trump’s actions have essentially invited foreign governments to interfere, argue Darren Samuelsohn and Natasha Bertrand and Politico. 
  • The President walked back some of his comments Friday morning, saying he would report to the FBI if the information provided was "incorrect or badly stated." (CBS)

Senate Republicans blocked a bill that would force campaigns to report assistance from foreign governments to the FEC and the FBI. (The Hill)

 

CONFLICTS OF INTEREST 

The Office of the Special Counsel has recommended that the President fire Kellyanne Conway for violations of the Hatch Act. (ElectionLawBlog)

Mick Mulvaney is pushing a judicial nominee for the Fifth Circuit over the objections of White House lawyers. (Politico)

 

RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE

Justice Department officials want to interview senior CIA official as they review the Russia investigation. (NYT)


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