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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 | April 24, 2019

4/24/19  //  Daily Update

The post-Mueller cold war between President Trump and House Democrats intensified on Tuesday, as the President indicated that he would fight any Congressional requests for additional information or testimony related to the Special Counsel’s investigation. The White House reportedly plans to invoke executive privilege to prevent former White House Counsel Donald McGahn from testifying before the House Judiciary Committee. After hearing oral argument in a challenge to the Commerce Department’s addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 Census, the Supreme Court seems poised to rule in the Department’s favor. And the House sought a preliminary injunction to bar President Trump from using military funding to build a wall on the nation’s southern border.

Adam Smith

Harvard Law School

Kyle Skinner

Harvard Law School

Daily Update | April 23, 2019

4/23/19  //  Daily Update

The Supreme Court granted certiorari on a trio of cases that will decide whether Title VII protects LGBTQ workers from employment discrimination. President Trump and the Trump Organization sued the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in an effort to prevent the committee from subpoenaing the company’s financial records. The House Judiciary Committee issued a subpoena to former White House Counsel Don McGahn as part of its investigation into obstruction of justice by President Trump. Mississippi’s arguments in defense of its ban on abortions at or after 15 weeks of pregnancy underscore how aggressively some states are seeking to evade constitutional precedent on abortion jurisprudence without overturning it.

Zachary Piaker

Columbia Law School

Daily Update | April 22, 2019

4/22/19  //  Daily Update

The fallout from Thursday’s release of the Mueller Report continues to spread, as do calls for the dissemination of an unredacted version of the report — and for the President’s impeachment. The Ninth Circuit dealt another blow to the Trump administration’s efforts to undercut the authority of sanctuary cities and states. A proposed OPM rule that would likely limit the access of graduates of pre-trial diversion programs to federal jobs is drawing criticism from criminal-justice reform advocates.

Adam Smith

Harvard Law School