The Supreme Court stayed the Ninth Circuit's assured refugee ruling in the travel ban case. The White House suggested that the DOJ should consider prosecuting former FBI director James Comey. Reports indicate that White House lawyers debated whether Jared Kushner should step down following the initiation of special counsel Robert Muller’s investigation.
The Supreme Court stayed the Ninth Circuit's assured refugee decision in the travel ban case, writes Amy Howe for SCOTUSblog.
The judge overseeing Joseph Arpaio’s case should appoint a special prosecutor to challenge Mr. Arpaio’s pardon, urges Andrew Crespo on Take Care.
Thirty-two percent of immigrants with criminal histories deported during President Obama’s final two years had an immigration offense as their most serious conviction, reports César Hernández on Crimmigration.
Pope Francis criticized President Trump’s termination of DACA (Newsweek).
Plaintiffs in DACA lawsuits seeking to rely on President Trump’s anti-immigrant campaign rhetoric face greater obstacles than challengers to the travel ban, argues Michael Dorf at Dorf on Law.
The Supreme Court may reach the merits in the travel ban case if it determines that a similar case would arise in the future, explains Peter Margulies on LawFare.
Two senators have proposed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that would block President Trump’s ban on transgender military service members (CNN).
The HRC has released a report on the Trump Administration’s effect on the LGBTQ community.
Jack Goldsmith ponders whether President Trump will inflict lasting damage on the presidency (Atlantic).
SAFETY AND JUSTICE
Attorney General Jeff Sessions and National Intelligence Director Dan Coats have urged the permanent adoption of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (Hill).
Facebook confirmed that Russia used ads to promote anti-immigrant rallies in the U.S. (Daily Beast).
Advisors to President Trump have recommended a more aggressive U.S. response to Iran’s forces (Reuters).
A coalition of civil liberties and public policy organizations signed open letters to Congress regarding the 1033 program, which gives military gear to local police departments (Cato).
CONFLICTS OF INTEREST
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau settled litigation and enforcement actions with Zero Parallel, a lead aggregator (Consumer Finance Monitor).
The Energy Department announced funding for infrastructure resilience and cybersecurity projects (The Hill).
CHECKS & BALANCES
The Interior Department’s Office of the Inspector General is investigating reassignment of Senior Executive Service members (WaPo).
Members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee has inquired about the Office of Management and Budget’s role in the reorganization of the State Department and USAID (The Hill).
REMOVAL FROM OFFICE
President Trump could be removed from office for incompetency under the 25th Amendment, writes Eric Posner in the Washington Post.
The Trump campaign has provided documents to Robert Muller’s office as part of the investigation into possible collaboration between the campaign and Russia (The Hill).