Mackenzie Walz // 6/4/19 //
In a legal filing in an ongoing lawsuit, a luxury hotel in Panama alleged the Trump Organization evaded taxes in Panama and made false claims to Panamanian tax authorities. The Supreme Court rejected the Trump Administration’s request to fast track its decision on whether or not to hear the case over the President’s recession of DACA. A federal judge in DC ruled the House of Representatives lacks standing to sue executive branch officials over the border wall funding.
TRUMP: INVESTIGATIONS AND LITIGATION
Mueller’s decision not to opine whether the President’s conduct was indictable went beyond the DOJ policy requirements and, if subpoenaed by Congress, he should say more, contends Evan Caminker for Verdict.
Congress and the public should demand Attorney General Barr provide an explanation for his conclusion that the President did not commit an indictable offense, discusses David R. Lurie for Just Security.
The Supreme Court rejected the Trump Administration’s request to fast track its decision on whether or not to hear the case over the President’s recession of DACA (The Hill).
In recent weeks, Mexican officials have been cracking down on the Central American migrants traversing their country toward the US, increasing detentions and deportations (NYT).
JUSTICE & SAFETY
The Trump Administration’s recent enforcement of Title III of the Helms-Burton Act is likely to harm ordinary Cubans, not Cuba’s elite, discusses Jose Gabilondo for Just Security.
If US officials with top-secret clearance were approached by Russian officials in a similar manner as the infamous Trump Tower meeting, they would be legally obligated to report it, argues Paul Rosenzweig for Lawfare.
Mexican officials are weighing options to retaliate if the United States imposes tariffs on its exports, but would prefer to negotiate a solution (WSJ).
President Trump’s invocation of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act to impose tariffs on imported Mexican goods, once again, tests the outer boundaries of presidential authority, discuss Scott R. Anderson and Kathleen Claussen for Lawfare.
President Trump’s proposed tariffs on Mexican goods are a clear violation of US trade and international law, and history suggests they would harm Americans, Paul Krugman argues for the New York Times.
CHECKS & BALANCES
REMOVAL FROM OFFICE
The Supreme Court has historically agreed that it should not review an impeachment decision by Congress and Dershowitz is incorrect in saying the Court would do so for President Trump, contends Keith E. Whittington for Lawfare.
There are seven separate bases for impeaching President Trump pertaining to his Article I constitutional violations, discusses Max Boot for the Washington Post.