Mackenzie Walz  //  6/4/19  //  Daily Update


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.

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 (NYT; ProPublica).

 

IMMIGRATION

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

A federal judge in DC ruled the House of Representatives lacks standing to sue executive branch officials over the border wall funding (The Hill; WaPo).

  • The judge’s opinion is available here.

 

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.

  • Dershowitz’s argument is available here.

There are seven separate bases for impeaching President Trump pertaining to his Article I constitutional violations, discusses Max Boot for the Washington Post.

 


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