Daily Update | October 18, 2019

10/18/19  //  Daily Update

President Trump plans to host the next G-7 meeting in June at the Trump National Doral Miami resort. Energy Secretary Rick Perry plans to resign from his cabinet position, reportedly by the end of the year. And Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney said President Trump blocked military aid to Ukraine in part to compel the government to investigate corruption among Democrats in the 2016 presidential campaign.

Emily Morrow

Harvard Law School

Daily Update | October 17, 2019

10/17/19  //  Daily Update

A House Committee asks for expedited enforcement of a subpoena. New immigration data suggests that Trump is remaking the immigration system. And new info emerges about Mick Mulvaney's role in the Ukraine scandal.

Mackenzie Walz

University of Michigan Law School

Daily Update | October 16, 2019

10/16/19  //  Daily Update

The White House opens a review of the President's Ukraine call, while Rudy Giuliani refuses to comply with a subpoena. Meanwhile, the full Fourth Circuit will reconsider an earlier decision dismissing an Emoluments Clause challenge to the President's business arrangements. And the President again vetoes an attempt to end the emergency declaration along the southern border.

Nicandro Iannacci

Columbia Law School

Daily Update | October 15, 2019

10/15/19  //  Daily Update

Former top Russia advisor Fiona Hill testified Monday that Rudy Guiliani ran a “shadow foreign policy” related to Ukraine in order to benefit the president. Federal prosecutors are looking into Rudy Giuliani’s ties to Ukraine. The president has imposed sanctions on Turkey. DHS is asking Congress to grant the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) the power to issue subpoenas to internet service providers requiring them to provide data for private subscribers that CISA believes to be vulnerable to threat.

Hetali Lodaya

Michigan Law School

Daily Update | October 10, 2019

10/10/19  //  Daily Update

President Trump declared a complete refusal to comply with the House impeachment inquiry unless the full House expressly votes to authorize the inquiry and adopts certain procedures. The White House advised U.S. diplomats to downplay the eventual release of aid funds to Ukraine. Former Vice President Joe Biden announced his support for the president’s impeachment. Former congressman Trey Gowdy joined President Trump’s legal team as an outside adviser. President Trump criticized Turkey’s military offensive in Syria but remained dismissive of Kurdish fighters and reiterated opposition to extended wars. President Trump issued two new executive orders on administrative law related to guidance documents and enforcement actions.

Nicandro Iannacci

Columbia Law School

Daily Update | October 9, 2019

10/9/19  //  Daily Update

The White House issued a scathing letter to Democratic congressional leaders indicating it will not participate in the impeachment inquiry. The Administration directed U.S. Ambassador to the EU, Gordon Sondland, not to appear for his deposition before the House committees. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman, Lindsey Graham, invited Rudy Giuliani, President Trump’s personal lawyer, to testify about the Ukraine scandal before the committee. The ACLU filed a lawsuit against DHS, alleging the Department is improperly using mandatory marriage interviews as a way to detain and remove immigrants from the US. The Senate Intelligence Committee released Volume 2 of its report on Russian interference in the 2016 Election, including recommendations for preventing future election interference.

Mackenzie Walz

University of Michigan Law School

Daily Update | October 4, 2019

10/4/19  //  Daily Update

An IRS whistleblower has filed a complaint alleging Treasury Department officials might have interfered with an audit of the president’s or the vice president’s tax returns. The DOJ intervened on Wednesday in the president’s lawsuit against the Manhattan DA’s office over a subpoena of his tax returns, arguing for the case to be in federal court and for temporary relief for the president. The House has stated they will subpoena the White House by the end of the week if they do not hand over requested documents related to the July phone call with Ukranian President Zelensky. A Senior Justice Department official has said they did not open a criminal investigation into the July call because they could not quantify the request for information on Hunter Biden as “a thing of value.” In response to a request for a TRO, Justice Department lawyers have voluntarily agreed to preserve any records of the president’s phone calls and communications with foreign leaders.

Hetali Lodaya

Michigan Law School

Daily Update | October 2, 2019

10/2/19  //  Daily Update

DOJ is joining the president in suing the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office after DA Cyrus Vance subpoenaed the president’s tax returns. The New York AG and Brooklyn DA are suing ICE over courthouse arrests. A federal judge has issued a preliminary injunction blocking a California law requiring presidential candidates to release tax returns. The D.C. Circuit upheld most of the FCC's net neutrality repeal but ruled that the FCC cannot summarily preempt state net neutrality rules. The Inspector General of the Intelligence Community has issued a statement responding to allegations from President Trump that the whistleblower reporting form changed recently to remove a “first hand knowledge” requirement. Citizens for Responsible Ethics in Washington (CREW) has asked a judge for a TRO preventing the president from claiming records of communication with foreign leaders are privileged. The House Judiciary Committee has filed their reply brief asking a judge to release certain grand jury materials from the Mueller investigation, arguing they may be relevant to the Ukraine inquiry.

Hetali Lodaya

Michigan Law School

Daily Update | October 1, 2019

10/1/19  //  Daily Update

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo took part in the infamous July 25 call between President Trump and the president of Ukraine. In a recent phone call, President Trump asked the Australian prime minister to help AG Bill Barr with an investigation to counter the Mueller probe. The president is trying to identify the Ukraine whistleblower and accused Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) of treason. House Democrats subpoenaed Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani for records related to interactions with Ukraine. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said that the Senate will conduct a trial if the House impeaches the president. A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit from four states over the cap on deductions for state and local taxes in President Trump’s tax law.

Nicandro Iannacci

Columbia Law School

Daily Update | September 30, 2019

9/30/19  //  Daily Update

In 2017, the President told Russian officials he was unconcerned with Moscow’s election interference. The President called for the outing of the anonymous whistleblower in a speech on Sunday, later tweeting that he wanted to meet with them and threatening “Big Consequences!” while alluding to allegations of treason by Democratic lawmakers. FEC Chairwoman Ellen Weintraub took the unusual step of releasing a memo related to foreign election interference on Twitter after its publication in the agency’s digest was objected to by a Republican Commission member. U.S. District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson issued a preliminary injunction temporarily blocking the expedition of deportations that was challenged by civil rights groups including the ACLU.

Daily Update | September 27, 2019

9/27/19  //  Daily Update

The acting Director of National Security testified yesterday morning for three hours, defending his handling of the whistleblower’s report, which was publicly released. The administration has reached an asylum deal with Honduras that could result in immigrants being stuck in one of the world’s most violent countries.

Kyle Skinner

Harvard Law School

Daily Update | September 26, 2019

9/26/19  //  Daily Update

The Trump administration released a rough transcript the President’s conversation with the president of Ukraine. The Senate has voted for a second time to overrule the national emergency Trump announced to allow building the border wall, but failed to get enough votes to defeat a veto. A federal judge has ruled that the Trump administration has violated the law by delaying visas for Afghans and Iraqis who worked as translators for the military. A judge in New York has issued a one-day stay of a subpoena of Trump’s financial documents.

Kyle Skinner

Harvard Law School

Daily Update | September 25, 2019

9/25/19  //  Daily Update

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi officially announced an impeachment inquiry against President Trump in light of the Ukraine scandal and whistleblower complaint. President Trump will release the fully declassified and unredacted transcript of his phone call with the Ukrainian President at the center of the recent whistleblower complaint. The House Ways and Means Committee urged a federal judge to deny President Trump’s motion to dismiss their lawsuit aimed at obtaining his tax returns. The House of Representatives passed a resolution reaffirming US commitment to addressing global refugee crises. The Department of Labor issued a rule extending overtime eligibility to 1.3 million workers, effective January of 2020.

Mackenzie Walz

University of Michigan Law School

Daily Update | September 24, 2019

9/24/19  //  Daily Update

President Trump directed the acting White House chief of staff to freeze millions of dollars in aid for Ukraine just days before the president was scheduled to speak with the Ukrainian president. In light of the Ukrainian revelations, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is again exploring the possibility of impeachment. New York prosecutors asked a federal judge to dismiss President Trump’s suit over their subpoenas of his tax returns from his accounting firm, Mazars USA. Beginning next week, nearly all immigration families who request asylum will be sent to Mexico to wait for a decision. A new study finds that 78 percent of top White House jobs have turned over at least once under President Trump.

Nicandro Iannacci

Columbia Law School

Daily Update | September 23, 2019

9/23/19  //  Daily Update

A New York judge ordered President Trump to appear for a videotaped deposition in a civil suit between his security guards and protesters. Twenty-three states filed suit against the Trump Administration, arguing the Administration’s revocation of California’s authority to set its own vehicle emissions standards was unlawful. The United States and El Salvador have reached an agreement that may allow the US to send asylum seekers to El Salvador. In response to the recent attacks on Saudi oil facilities, President Trump has approved sanctions on Iran and the deployment of additional troops to Saudi Arabia.

Mackenzie Walz

University of Michigan Law School