Kate Berry  //  11/14/17  //  Daily Update


The Ninth Circuit ruled that a portion of the third travel ban may take effect, allowing the government to prohibit the entry of individuals from certain countries who lack a bona fide relationship with a person in the United States. DOJ prosecutors are considering whether a special counsel should be appointed to investigate donations to the Clinton Foundation. Donald Trump Jr. communicated via private message on Twitter with WikiLeaks during the 2016 campaign; those communications were provided by Trump Jr. to Congressional committees investigating Russian interference.

 

IMMIGRATION

The Ninth Circuit ruled that a portion of the third travel ban may take effect, allowing the government to prohibit the entry of individuals from certain countries who lack a bona fide relationship with a person in the United States (WaPo, WSJ).

 

CIVIL RIGHTS

FBI hate crime statistics show a five percent increase in hate crimes in 2016 (WSJ, HRC).

 

DEMOCRACY

DC Superior Court limited information DOJ investigators will be able to see about third party users in its investigation of Facebook and criminal rioting on Inauguration Day (The  Hill).

 

JUSTICE & SAFETY

The Solicitor General’s filing in Hargan v. Garza suggests the Trump Administration views the DOJ as a political tool, writes Leah Litman at Take Care.

DOJ prosecutors are considering whether a special counsel should be appointed to investigate donations to the Clinton Foundation (NYT, WaPo, LA Times, Politico).

  • Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s letter to Congress here.

The Trump Administration’s new drones policy may require countries that assist the U.S. in lethal operations outside areas of active hostilities to assess whether a particular situation is in line with international law (Just Security).

Tuesday’s Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing is an important opportunity to revise U.S. launch policy and the authority of the executive, write Daryl Kimball and Kingston Reif at The Hill.

91 percent of President Trump’s federal judicial nominees are white and 81 percent are male, according to recent Associated Press analysis.

 

CONFLICTS OF INTEREST

A recent golf tournament hosted at Trump International Golf Links and Hotel Doonberg in Ireland was funded in part by entities funded by the governments of Ireland and Northern Ireland (Citizens for Ethics).

Democratic lawmakers demanded an investigation into FCC Chairman Ajit Pai for potential partisanship in his dealings with Sinclair Broadcast Group, which has been favorable to the Trump Administration (ArsTechnica).

Brett T. Talley, Trump Administration nominee for federal court in Alabama, failed to disclose that his wife is an attorney in the White House (WaPo).

 

REGULATION

The CFBP published two notices in the Federal Register, seeking information about experiences with free credit reporting agencies and alerting the public to an updated free credit score access list (Consumer Finance Monitor).

The FDA approved a digital pill which will permit doctors to determine whether and when a patient takes the prescribed medication, generating concerns about patient privacy (NYT).

Alex M. Azar II, former president of pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly, was nominated by President Trump to succeed former secretary Tom Price as Secretary of Health and Human Services (NYT, LA Times, WSJ, Politico).

  • During Azar’s tenure at Eli Lilly drug prices rose dramatically for top-selling drugs (WSJ).

Democratic lawmakers weighed in on proposed FEC regulations for online political advertisements (The Hill).

 

RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE

Donald Trump Jr. communicated via private message on Twitter with WikiLeaks during the 2016 campaign; those communications were provided by Trump Jr. to Congressional committees investigating Russian interference (NYT, The Hill, WSJ, Ars Technica, Politico).

  • Just Security has the full text of the exchanges here.
  • Vice President Mike Pence denied knowledge of the communications (LA Times).

Attorney General Jeff Sessions will testify on Tuesday before the House Judiciary Committee and provide an update on the investigation into Russian interference (The Hill, LA Times).

 

 


Daily Update | April 20, 2018

4/20/18  //  Daily Update

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that he intends to restore voting rights to felons on parole, a move that could open the ballot box to more than 35,000 people. The White House cybersecurity team is undergoing a major shuffle that former officials say could jeopardize the administration’s efforts to develop policy and punish hackers. Congressional Republicans want to impose "net neutrality" rules that allow Internet service providers to charge online services and websites for priority access to consumers, analogizing paid priority to TSA Precheck. Just four months after giving $1.5 trillion in tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans, House Republicans recently unveiled a farm bill that would dismantle the nation’s main source of nutrition assistance for struggling workers and families. Congress will hold hearings to debate America’s role in the Yemeni civil conflict, which has led to one of the world's most dire humanitarian crises.

Jeffrey Stein

Columbia Law School

Daily Update | April 19, 2018

4/19/18  //  Daily Update

The Trump administration is attempting to transfer an unlawfully detained American citizen from Iraq to Saudi Arabia. Anticipating that President Trump may pardon close associates, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman asked the New York legislature to give his office increased power to pursue state charges against individuals given federal pardons. The American Constitution Society, a liberal legal group, sent an open letter to the Federalist Society, a conservative legal group with strong ties to the Trump administration, to stand together against efforts to interfere with investigations into the administration. Karen McDougal, a former model, settled a lawsuit with the parent company of the National Enquirer over a nondisclosure agreement that prevented her from discussing an alleged affair with President Trump.

Jacob Miller

Harvard Law School

Daily Update | April 18, 2018

4/18/18  //  Daily Update

The Supreme Court struck down a law allowing deportation of some immigrants who commit serious crimes as unconstitutional due to vagueness by a vote of 5-4, with Justice Gorsuch joining Justices Kagan, Ginsburg, Sotomayor, and Breyer in the majority. James Comey’s public criticism of President Trump during his book tour may hurt his image as fully apolitical. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that the Senate would not take up a bill to protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller against termination by President Trump. In a move backed by Congressional Democrats, the Department of the Interior decided not to reduce royalty rates on offshore drilling, overriding the recommendations of an advisory panel. The 9th Circuit will appoint a special prosecutor to defend the criminal contempt conviction of Joe Arpaio after he was pardoned by President Trump.

Jacob Miller

Harvard Law School