Adam Smith  //  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.



As President Trump and his aides, former and present, continue to stonewall Congressional subpoenas, a Democratic House inches towards impeachment (NYT, AP).

  • Should the House impeach the President, the scope of its investigatory powers will grow unimpeachably broad, argue Molly Reynolds and Margaret Taylor at Lawfare.
  • In any case, the Administration’s strategy isn’t likely to find refuge in the courts, contends Bob Bauer at Just Security.

A Washington, D.C., federal district court held that the President’s accounting firm must comply with a House subpoena (The Hill)

  • The President immediately appealed the order to the D.C. Circuit (notice of appeal here).

And a New York federal district court ordered the release of search warrants from Robert Mueller’s investigation of the President’s former personal counsel, Michael Cohen (CNN).



The President is expected to name Ken Cuccinelli, a former Virginia Attorney General and anti-immigration hardliner, as his immigration czar (NYT).


Daily Update | May 30, 2019

5/30/19  //  Daily Update

Special Counsel Robert Mueller delivered a statement regarding the Russia investigation. Mitch McConnell says that Republicans would fill a Supreme Court vacancy in 2020 even if it occurs during the presidential election. A recent decision from AG Barr may deprive asylum seekers from a key protection against prolonged imprisonment. A federal judge has agreed to put the House subpoenas for the President’s banking records on hold while he appeals a ruling refusing to block them.

Hetali Lodaya

Michigan Law School

Daily Update | May 28, 2019

5/28/19  //  Daily Update

Days after ordering an additional 1,500 troops to the Middle East, President Trump announced the Administration is not seeking a regime change in the country. Isolating himself from his allies and advisors, President Trump sided with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, declaring he did not think North Korea’s missile tests violated the UN resolution. Due to a surge in border crossings, the Administration is sending up to 3,000 migrants every week for processing in cities outside of their original points of entry. Transgender rights advocates intend to fight the Administration’s proposed rule change that would make it easier for doctors to refuse care to transgender patients.

Mackenzie Walz

University of Michigan Law School

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.