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Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned at President Trump’s request; Matthew Whitaker, Sessions’ Chief of Staff, was named Acting Attorney General. The ACLU called for the DOJ to investigate Border Patrol for voter intimidation. Government officials acknowledged the spread of Election Day misinformation on social media site. Motel 6 agreed to pay a $9 million settlement after it worked with ICE agents to arrest guests. In October, three new credible allegations of corruption were raised against the Trump Administration, involving Secretary Zinke’s property dealings, President Trump’s business dealings in Saudi Arabia, and intervention on behalf of Republican donor Sheldon Adelson in Japan.

 

IMMIGRATION

Motel 6 agreed to pay a $9 million settlement after it worked with ICE agents to arrest guests (NYT).

 

DEMOCRACY

The ACLU called for the DOJ to investigate Border Patrol for voter intimidation (Hill).

Government officials acknowledged the spread of Election Day misinformation on social media sites (Hill).

DHS said it was not aware of any cyberattacks related to the midterm elections (Hill).

 

JUSTICE & SAFETY

While the Trump Administration seems intent on imposing sanctions on Iran, it has no definable goal for those sanctions, argues Suzanne Maloney in Lawfare.

 

CONFLICTS OF INTEREST

In October, three new credible allegations of corruption were raised against the Trump Administration, involving Secretary Zinke’s property dealings, President Trump’s business dealings in Saudi Arabia, and intervention on behalf of Republican donor Sheldon Adelson in Japan (Global Anticorruption Blog).

 

REGULATION

The FCC errs in its proposal to reduce the Lifeline program to provide cell phone service to low-income people in natural disaster zones, argues Olivia Wein in The Hill.

 

REMOVAL FROM OFFICE

Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned at President Trump’s request; Matthew Whitaker, Sessions’ Chief of Staff, was named Acting Attorney General (Hill, ImmigrationProfBlog, LAT, Lawfare, Legal Planet, NYT, Politico, Sentencing Law and Policy, WaPo, WaPo).

 

RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE

Facebook took down about 100 Russian-linked accounts prior to the Election (Hill).

Despite some arguments to the contrary, the Russians did interfere with the 2018 elections--primarily through disinformation campaigns, argues Joshua Geltzer in Just Security.

 

 


Daily Update | January 22, 2019

1/22/19  //  Daily Update

President Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani said that conversations about Trump Tower Moscow went on leading up to the 2016 election. The Trump administration’s proposed ACA Rules could raise health insurance costs for millions of Americans. After the bipartisan First Step Act was signed, the DOJ and BOP have been dragging their feet to implement the new law, which reforms the criminal justice system. President Trump cannot acquire the land he needs build his border wall without forcibly displacing large numbers of property owners by using eminent domain. The Special Counsel’s office says it did not realize the extent of Buzzfeed’s story about Michael Cohen until it was published.

Abigail DeHart

Michigan Law School

Daily Update | January 18, 2019

1/18/19  //  Daily Update

In response to Nancy Pelosi’s threat to cancel the State of the Union, President Trump cancelled a congressional delegation to Brussels, Egypt, and Afghanistan. Lack of funding for HUD means that rent for seniors and people with disabilities living in HUD-subsidized housing are facing poor housing conditions and could lose their housing altogether if the shutdown persists. The State Department will call back its furloughed diplomats next week, after finding enough money to cover payroll for two weeks. President Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, used his technology company to try to rig online polls in President Trump’s favor during his presidential campaign. The GAO has released a report regarding the impact of global migration on climate change. The DOJ has submitted a filing indicating that it no longer believes that Texas should be put under federal supervision for voting under the Voting Rights Act.

Karen Kadish

Columbia Law School

Daily Update | January 17, 2019

1/17/19  //  Daily Update

Citing security concerns due to the government shutdown, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi asked President Trump to reschedule the State of the Union address or deliver it in writing. At his confirmation hearing, William Barr’s testimony sent mixed signals about what kind of Attorney General he will be. In a new report, the inspector general of the GSA says the agency “ignored” constitutional issues in its decision to allow the Trump International Hotel to maintain a lease in the Old Post Office building in Washington and recommended that the agency review the lease again. The Pentagon is developing a new vetting process for recruits with “foreign ties,” including some U.S. citizens. Iranian state television said one of its journalists has been arrested in the United States, but the U.S. government has not confirmed. T-Mobile executives have made repeated stays at Trump hotels, raising suspicions that they are trying to influence the administration’s decision about its merger with Sprint.

Nicandro Iannacci

Columbia Law School