Adam Smith  //  5/6/19  //  Daily Update

As Michael Cohen, his beleaguered former personal counsel, prepares to begin his three-year prison sentence on Monday, the President continued to fume over reports that Special Counsel Robert Mueller will soon testify before Congress. An Ohio federal district court struck down the state’s districting scheme as an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander.



In a series of tweets early Sunday morning, President Trump fumed over reports that Robert Mueller will testify before the House Judiciary Committee later this month: “No redos for the Dems!” (NYT)

On Monday, Michael Cohen, the President’s former personal counsel and “fixer,” will begin serving a three-year sentence for campaign finance violations and fraud in New York federal prison (WSJ).



A three-judge panel of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio unanimously struck down Ohio’s districting scheme as an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander (NPR; NYT).

  • The full opinion is available at Election Law Blog.
  • The Ohio decision is indicative of a growing consensus among the federal courts regarding the unconstitutionality of partisan gerrymandering, concludes Nick Stephanopoulos at Election Law Blog.



In failing to charge Russia-connected Trump campaign officials with campaign finance violations, Mueller may have enabled further cross-border collaboration in 2020, observes Bob Bauer at Just Security.


Daily Update | May 31, 2019

5/31/19  //  Daily Update

Trump implied in a tweet that Russia did in fact help him get elected—and quickly moved to clarify. Mueller relied on OLC precedent in his comments earlier this week. Nancy Pelosi continues to stone-wall on impeachment.

Kyle Skinner

Harvard Law School

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 29, 2019

5/29/19  //  Daily Update

The Trump administration will soon intensify its efforts to reverse Obama-era climate change regulations by attacking the science that supports it. The Supreme Court upheld an Indiana law regulating the disposal of fetal remains, effectively punting on a major abortion rights decision. The Court also declined to hear a challenge to a Pennsylvania school district’s policy of allowing students to use the restroom that best aligns with their own gender identity on a case-by-case basis.

Kyle Skinner

Harvard Law School