Kyle Skinner  //  6/5/19  //  Daily Update


A federal judge has dismissed the House suit over the border wall for lack of Article III standing. The Trump administration has asked the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to issue an emergency stay blocking construction on the border wall. The DOJ has denied allegations that a GOP operative was instrumental in getting the citizenship question on the 2020 census, calling accusations baseless. The House will vote next week on whether to hold Barr and McGahn in contempt for refusing to comply with its subpoena.

 

IMMIGRATION

A federal judge has dismissed the House suit over the border wall as lacking in standing (Volokh Conspiracy).

The Trump administration has asked the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to issue an emergency stay blocking construction on the border wall (The Hill).

 

DEMOCRACY

Monday evening, the House appropriations committee approved a $600 million budget increase for election security (The Hill).

The DOJ has denied allegations that a GOP operative was instrumental in getting the citizenship question on the 2020 census, calling accusations baseless (The Hill, CNN).

  • The Urban Institute has expressed fears over the high likelihood of people of color being undercounted (NPR).

The Senate passed the DETER Act, blocking individuals who have meddled in U.S. elections from entering the country (The Hill).

Schumer says McConnell has agreed to have the Senate briefed on election security (The Hill).

Jonathan Allen (NBC News) argues that Trump is normalizing the idea of foreign election interference in anticipation of 2020.

The fight for ballot-box security and access is working itself out state by state (NYT).

 

INVESTIGATIONS

The House will vote next week on whether to hold Barr and McGahn in contempt for refusing to comply with its subpoena (NBC, Politico).

  • The White House has also instructed Hope Hicks and Annie Donaldson to refuse to return any documents relating to their White House work to the House Judiciary Committee (CNN, Politico).

Doug Collins, the ranking member on the House Judiciary Committee, has called for hearings on Russian election interference (Reuters).

 


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