Rachel Thompson  //  3/29/19  //  Daily Update


Within the past two years nearly 20,000 deportation cases that had been suspended by immigration judges were restarted by the Trump administration. Since the President’s renewed attempts to dismantle Obamacare, legislators have been weighing the political risks and opportunities. Mitch McConnell has no intention of leading the charge. The President’s nominee for Associate Attorney General, Jessie K. Liu, has withdrawn herself from consideration for the position following what some say were oppositions to her relative lack of conservative credentials. In discussing “unprecedented obstruction” during a speech on the Senate floor, Mitch McConnell has also made an effort to circumvent the existing confirmation process for Presidential appointees to District Courts.

 

TRUMP: INVESTIGATIONS AND LITIGATION

The Justice Department acknowledged Thursday that the full Mueller Report is more than 300 pages long, calling in to question the four page summary delivered by Attorney General Barr, write Nicholas Fandos, Adam Goldman, and Katie Benner at the New York Times.

The President declared the “Russian Hoax” to be over while speaking at a rally on Thursday, asking whether the Democrats planned to continue the “ridiculous bullshit” (NYT, The Hill).

  • Elaina Plott and Peter Nicholas in the Atlantic write that lawmakers are reluctant to embrace the President’s strategy of using the Mueller report as a campaign message. 

 

IMMIGRATION

Within the past two years, nearly 20,000 deportation cases that had been suspended by immigration judges were restarted by the Trump administration, according to a report by Hamed Aleaziz at Buzzfeed

The President has spoken out against Central American countries for what he characterizes as an unfair arrangement for border security, despite a recent agreement struck with those same countries to increase their efforts, writes Eileen Sullivan at the New York Times.

 

CONFLICTS OF INTEREST

Mandatory termination disclosures appear to have improperly omitted post-White House plans and income, according to a report by Meredith Lerner at Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.

 

JUSTICE & SAFETY

The President’s nominee for Associate Attorney General, Jessie K. Liu, has withdrawn herself from consideration for the position following what some say were oppositions to her relative lack of conservative credentials, according to Katie Benner at the New York Times.

 

CHECKS & BALANCES

Since the President’s renewed attempts to dismantle Obamacare, legislators have been weighing the political risks and opportunities. Mitch McConnell has no intention of leading the charge, reports Burgess Everett at Politico.

The House of Representatives issued a nonbinding resolution to oppose the President’s limitations on transgender troops, writes Connor O’Brien at Politico.

During a speech at a rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the President increased his personal attacks on House Judicial Committee Chair Adam Schiff following the congressman’s continued pressing for release of information related to Russian collusion, writes Matthew Choi at Politico. 

  • In the same speech, the President continued to criticize and mischaracterize renewable energy, according to a report by Rachel Frazin at The Hill.
  • Dan Farber at Legal Planet has a timely summary of the President’s environmental falsehoods.

In discussing “unprecedented obstruction” during a speech on the Senate floor, Mitch McConnell has also made an effort to circumvent the existing confirmation process for Presidential appointees to District Courts, writes Marianne Levine at Politico.

 


Daily Update | May 24, 2019

5/24/19  //  Daily Update

President Trump issued a memorandum granting Attorney General Barr sweeping authority in his audit of the Russian interference investigation. A court date has been set by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to hear the mounting subpoena case over access to the President’s financial records. The Justice Department has argued that Congress lacks the ability to sue Trump over appropriating military funds for constructing his border wall.

Daily Update | May 22, 2019

5/22/19  //  Daily Update

The power struggle between the Trump Administration and Congress continues: The Democratic House moves towards impeachment, while two federal judges reject the President’s assertions of privilege. The President will appoint Ken Cuccinelli, a former Virginia attorney general and vocal anti-immigration hardliner, as his new immigration czar.

Adam Smith

Harvard Law School

Daily Update | May 21, 2019

5/21/19  //  Daily Update

The White House instructed former counsel Donald McGahn to ignore a subpoena from House Democrats to testify on Tuesday morning, citing an OLC opinion. A federal judge in DC upheld a subpoena from House Democrats to accounting firm Mazars for President Trump’s financial records. ICE is detaining more than 52,000 immigrants in jails around the country, an apparent all-time record. Assisted reproductive technology may disrupt traditional ideas about maternity on which abortion law and discourse rests. President Trump said he currently sees no threatening actions from Iran, but that the U.S. “will have no choice” but to respond if that changes. The president’s stated preference for acting cabinet secretaries is bad governance and bad for national security. The EPA plans to change how it calculates the health risks of air pollution, resulting in fewer projected deaths from the rollback of the Clean Power Plan.

Nicandro Iannacci

Columbia Law School