Nicandro Iannacci // 11/28/19 //
Impeachment-related testimony continues. Certain officials react to a district court decision denying absolute immunity to a former administration official, but that decision gets appealed. President Trump makes his 100th taxpayer-funded visit to Mar-a-Lago. And it's Thanksgiving weekend! Enjoy.
The House Judiciary Committee will hold its first impeachment hearing on December 4 (WaPo).
OMB official Mark Sandy testified that two other officials in the office resigned earlier this year party because of concerns about President Trump’s decision to withhold military aid from Ukraine (NYT, WaPo, WSJ, POLITICO).
Lawfare provides an in-depth account of the Ukraine affair.
Just Security provides a timeline of efforts by Trump associates to work with Ukraine to create misinformation about former Vice President Joe Biden.
TRUMP: INVESTIGATIONS & LITIGATION
DOJ and former national security adviser Michael Flynn asked a federal judge to delay his sentencing until after the release of the full Mueller Report (POLITICO).
A federal judge in Oregon enjoined the Trump administration’s policy of denying visas unless immigrants purchase health insurance within 30 days or otherwise show they can pay medical costs (POLITICO, The Hill).
ICE’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit over the Trump administration’s policy of arresting immigrants when they appear in state court should be denied, writes Michael Dorf at Verdict.
The House Oversight Committee sued AG Bill Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross for subpoenaed documents related to the proposed addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 Census (NYT, WSJ, POLITICO, The Hill).
The memory of former assistant AG John Gore is proving important - and unreliable - in two ongoing lawsuits against the Trump administration, writes Tierney Sneed at Talking Points Memo.
JUSTICE & SAFETY
The president’s intervention in the review of a Navy SEAL’s disciplinary case undermines the military justice system, write Geoffrey S. Corn and Rachel E. VanLandingham at Lawfare.
CONFLICTS OF INTEREST
A recently obtained Army contract suggests spending at Trump properties may run afoul of the Domestic Emoluments Clause (CREW).
President Trump has made 100 taxpayer-funded visits to Mar-a-Lago during his presidency (CREW).
The DOL’s inclusion of worker centers in its interpretation of “labor organization” is wrong and should be corrected, write Kate Griffith and Leslie Gates at On Labor.
Four states are appealing a legal challenge to the GOP tax law’s limit on state and local tax deductions (The Hill).