Daily Update | July 26, 2017
President Trump continues to criticize his Attorney General. The Senate takes another step towards repealing the Affordable Care Act. And Jared Kushner faces another day of testimony before the House Intelligence Committee.
Daily Update | July 25, 2017
A federal district court refuses to halt the Election Integrity Commission’s requests to states for certain voter data. Massachusetts’ highest court rules that the federal government cannot ask the state to detain individuals solely to enforce federal immigration law. President Trump’s attorneys ask the Sixth Circuit to halt a pending case against him arising from his conduct at a campaign rally. And the New York Times reports on a Clinton-era memo arguing that a sitting President may, in fact, be criminally indicted.
Daily Update | July 12, 2017
Donald Trump Jr. has released an email chain responding to an offer of Russian documents that “would incriminate Hillary” Clinton, prompting a wave of legal analysis as to the implications of his actions. The White House Panel on Voter Fraud has been hit with several lawsuits accusing it of violating federal privacy laws and operating in secrecy. Vice President Pence continues advocating for his prosecutorial policies. Questions about conflicts of interest plague President Trump’s nominee for FBI Director, Christopher Wray, and the upcoming nomination of a new Director of the Office of Government Ethics.
Daily Update | July 11, 2017
The Kobach "election integrity" commission remains under siege. Christopher Wray, President Trump's nominee for Director of the FBI, will appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee this week. The CFPB issued a final rule that prohibits class action waivers in consumer arbitration agreements. President Trump will nominate Randal Quarles, an investment-fund manager and former Treasury official, to the Federal Reserve. Analysis continues of revelations that, during the campaign, Donald Trump, Jr. met with a lawyer linked to Russia who promised to provide negative information about Hillary Clinton.
Daily Update | June 16, 2017
The latest episode of Versus Trump discusses a suit challenging Trump's financial disclosure form. President Trump modified the "effective date" provisions of the revised travel ban. Analysis continues of the Emoluments Clause suits filed against Trump this week. Special counsel Robert Mueller has requested interviews with high-ranking intelligence officials, suggesting that he will investigate whether President Trump obstructed justice. DHS Secretary John Kelly rescinded President Obama's DAPA program.
Daily Update | June 6, 2017
Yesterday, President Trump tweeted several times about the revised travel ban. Many experts concluded that these statements undermine critical parts of DOJ's legal position before the Supreme Court. Debate has ensued over whether this was deliberate or inadvertent. The Trump Organization announced plans for a new three-star hotel chain with “patriotic flair,” which will make its debut in Mississippi. Analysis continues of the President's revised contraception rule and decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement. It has been reported that President Trump will not invoke executive privilege to try to block former FBI director James Comey’s testimony from testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee this Thursday.
Daily Update | June 2, 2017
In the travel ban cases, DOJ filed emergency stay applications and a petition for certiorari at the Supreme Court late last night. President Trump announced that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, and a deluge of legal and political analyses followed. News also leaked that the administration is considering broad new exemptions to the requirement that employer-based health insurance provide contraception coverage. And former FBI Director Comey's congressional testimony has been set for next week, which has prompted discussion of whether the President could invoke executive privilege to prevent him from testifying.
Daily Update | May 19, 2017
Additional reports have arisen regarding former FBI Director James Comey's interactions with President Trump. President Trump tweeted that the appointment of a special prosecutor to helm the Russia investigation was a "witch hunt." Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told the Senate that he knew Comey would be fired before he authored the memo used as justification for the firing. And former Senator Joe Lieberman may be the frontrunner to replace Comey.
Daily Update | May 12, 2017
The fallout continues over President Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey. Trump contradicted his own staff, saying that he decided to fire Comey before meeting with Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein. Republican Representative Jason Chaffetz requested that the DOJ Investigator General investigate the firing. And Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe testified before Congress, contradicting Administration claims regarding the importance of the Russian-interference investigation and Comey's support in the FBI. Meanwhile, Trump signed an executive order creating a Presidential commission on election integrity, to be lead by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach.
Daily Update | May 11, 2017
Details continue to emerge about President Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey. Amidst the furor, President Trump met with the Russian Foreign Minister and the Russian Ambassador, excluding American journalists while granting access to Russian media. Reports surface that Comey had sought additional resources for the FBI’s Russia inquiry shortly before being fired. A journalist was arrested for questioning Secretary Tom Price about the American Health Care Act.
Daily Update | April 20, 2017
Constitutional law scholars filed an amicus brief in the Fourth Circuit travel ban appeal. The first DACA-enrolled immigrant known to be deported under President Trump sued for details of his deportation. The White House denied misleading the public about sending an aircraft carrier toward North Korea. And Exxon Mobil has reapplied for a waiver from U.S. sanctions on Russia.