Abigail DeHart  //  5/29/19  //  Daily Update


The White House told former Trump aides Hope Hicks and Annie Donaldson not to provide documents to the U.S. House Judiciary Committee related to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. The Trump Administration said that due to financial constraints it would begin restricting or canceling education, legal, and recreational services for migrant children housed in shelters. New regulations by the Trump Administration end group travel to Cuba.

 

 

TRUMP: INVESTIGATIONS AND LITIGATION

The decision to hold Attorney General William Barr and former White House counsel Don McGahn in contempt could accelerate the Democratic party’s lawsuit to obtain President Trump’s tax returns (Politico). 

The White House told former Trump aides Hope Hicks and Annie Donaldson not to provide documents to the U.S. House Judiciary Committee related to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation (WSJ; Bloomberg).

 

IMMIGRATION

The Trump Administration said that due to financial constraints it would begin restricting or canceling education, legal, and recreational services for migrant children housed in shelters (NYTimes).

The Homeland Security Department’s internal watchdog says conditions at ICE detention facilities may violate detainees’ rights (WaPo).

 

DEMOCRACY

The 2019 version of the State Department’s Compliance Report dealing with arms control fell far short on delivering the congressionally-mandated content (Just Security).

 

REGULATION

The Interior Department announced a plan to expand hunting and fishing opportunities in several federal wildlife refuges and fish hatcheries (The Hill).

 

JUSTICE & SAFETY

President Trump is not relying on trade-related statutes but on international emergency economic power to impose new Mexican tariffs (The Volokh Conspiracy).

The Trump Administration’s approach to the Middle East breaks with international law and long-held U.S. policies (Lawfare).

President Trump’s lack of an overarching strategy with Iran over the past year leaves cause for real concern (Lawfare).

New regulations by the Trump Administration end group travel to Cuba (WaPo).

  • Further analysis of these restrictions can be found here.

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