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Federal prosecutors have issued subpoenas to Mar-a-Lago and a Trump fundraising committee regarding activity by a Republican Party donor that may have violated campaign finance laws. The Second Circuit has fast-tracked President Trump’s appeal of an order requiring two banks to hand over the president’s financial records under a subpoena from the House. President Trump has announced tariffs on Mexican imports that will grow unless “the illegal migration crisis is alleviated through effective actions taken by Mexico.” The Administration announced a new policy that will require most visa applicants to provide their social media information. A Republican consultant concluded in 2015 that adding a citizenship question to the census would give Republican and white voters more clout, potentially providing new information about the government’s motive in adding the question. 

 

TRUMP: INVESTIGATIONS AND LITIGATION

Federal prosecutors have issued subpoenas to Mar-a-Lago and a Trump fundraising committee regarding activity by a Republican Party donor that may have violated campaign finance laws. (Miami Herald)

We should support the President’s delegation of declassification authority to AG Barr, argues Jack Goldsmith at Lawfare.

The Second Circuit has fast-tracked President Trump’s appeal of an order requiring two banks to hand over the president’s financial records under a subpoena from the House. (The Hill)

 

IMMIGRATION

President Trump has announced tariffs on Mexican imports that will grow unless “the illegal migration crisis is alleviated through effective actions taken by Mexico.” (WSJ)

U.S. District Court Judge Haywood Gilliam blocked an effort by the Trump administration to begin construction on a wall at the southern border. (Al Jazeera)

The Administration announced a new policy that will require most visa applicants to provide their social media information. (The Hill)

Data suggests that the Administration does not prioritize prosecuting employers who employ undocumented workers, instead focusing on arresting and deporting the workers themselves. (NYT)

 

CIVIL RIGHTS

There are multiple issues with Justice Thomas’s concurrence in the Indiana abortion case, writes Michael Dorf at Take Care.

 

DEMOCRACY

A Republican consultant concluded in 2015 that adding a citizenship question to the census would give Republican and white voters more clout, potentially providing new information about the government’s motive in adding the question. (Bloomberg)

  • The new evidence is unlikely to change the votes of the Court’s conservative justices, and may even bolster their position, writes Rick Hasen at Slate.

 

CHECKS & BALANCES 

The House Oversight Committee has accused the administration of obstructing its probe of the administration’s efforts to replace the Department of Education acting Inspector General. (Politico)

 

RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE

Prosecutors have released the transcript of a voicemail from a former Trump lawyer that Michael Flynn says was an attempt to get Flynn to influence his cooperation in the Russia probe. (WaPo)

The Justice Department did not comply with an order to release transcripts of Flynn’s conversations with the Russian Ambassador. (WaPo)

Emmett Flood, the defense lawyer brought into the White House during the Mueller investigation, will leave in June. (WaPo)

 


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