Daily Update | July 12, 2019
President Trump announced that he would end his effort to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census, instead pursuing citizenship information through other means. The House Judiciary Committee voted to subpoena several witnesses, including Trump adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner, as part of its investigation into possible obstruction of justice. Nationwide raids to arrest thousands of undocumented immigrants are scheduled to begin on Sunday after an earlier postponement. The Ninth Circuit ruled that the Trump administration can move forward with its Title X “gag rule” on abortion referrals, denying a stay while the case is appealed.
Daily Update | July 11, 2019
The Fourth Circuit dismissed the Emoluments Clause case brought by Maryland and Washington D.C. against President Trump, holding that the plaintiffs lacked Article III standing. The Second Circuit affirmed a decision holding that President Trump cannot block individuals on Twitter based on their political opinions. A second federal judge denied the Justice Department’s attempt to change the lawyers working on the lawsuit regarding adding a citizenship question to the 2020 Census. A district judge denied the government’s motion to dismiss a challenge to President Trump’s travel ban.
Daily Update | July 3, 2019
The 2020 Census is being printed without a citizenship question. The House has filed a lawsuit against the Department of the Treasury and the IRS to obtain the President’s tax returns. The Trump Administration is sending out notices threatening civil fines on individuals who are disobeying deportation orders by seeking refuge in places like churches. A federal judge blocked an order from AG Barr that said that certain asylum seekers can be detained indefinitely. Three new plaintiffs have joined a lawsuit against the CFPB alleging that it is violating the APA by not issuing certain regulations under the Dodd-Frank Act.
Daily Update | June 28, 2019
The Supreme Court ruled that the Administration’s justification for adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census was pretextual, remanding the case to the Department of Commerce to provide a clearer explanation. The Supreme Court ruled that partisan gerrymandering claims are non-justiciable because they raise political questions that are beyond the reach of the courts. The House passed the 4.6 billion dollar emergency aid bill to address the humanitarian crisis on the southern border. Former Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, informed the House Foreign Affairs Committee that Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, engaged with state leaders without coordinating with the State Department. The White House eliminated earlier versions of its ethics waiver lists, replacing them with a new, undated ethics waiver, which may be retroactive and, therefore, invalid.
Daily Update | June 27, 2019
President Trump stated that he feels little pressure to reach a trade deal with China and that he is prepared to impose further tariffs on Chinese imports. The Supreme Court has cut back Auer deference, although it did not overturn Auer in Kisor v. Willkie.
Daily Update | June 26, 2019
Robert Mueller will testify before two House committees on July 17. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan has ruled that the emoluments clause litigation can move forward without appellate review at this stage. John Sanders has resigned as head of Customs and Border Protection. There have been several rapid developments in litigation challenging the addition of a citizenship question to the census.
Daily Update | July 25, 2019
Citing “longstanding precedent,” the White House instructed Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway to refuse to testify before the House Oversight Committee about potential violations of federal ethics law. Hundreds of migrant children were transferred from a Border Patrol station in Clint, Texas, which was overcrowded and in increasingly bad condition. In a letter, the ACLU notified the Supreme Court about a recent court ruling and a new study about the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 Census. President Trump imposed new sanctions on Iran that focus on the international banking system and other financial systems. The inspector general of the Treasury Department will investigate the decision to delay the printing of Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill. The White House has refused to tell the House Judiciary Committee what happened to a series of interpreter notes from a meeting in January between President Trump and President Vladimir Putin of Russia.
Daily Update | June 24, 2019
President Trump declared that he would delay nationwide ICE raids targeting undocumented families for two weeks, aiming to pressure Democrats into agreeing to changes to asylum laws. Detention centers on the southern border have devolved into disorder, sickness, and filth. The Trump Administration announced a plan to house migrant children at former internment camps in Oklahoma, inciting significant protests and backlash. The Department of Justice signaled in a Supreme Court filing that it would be open to drawing legislative districts based on equal numbers of eligible voters – a move which would disempower minorities with less access to the vote, such as Hispanic communities.
Daily Update | June 20, 2019
A district judge in Maryland said, in light of the new evidence, he would reconsider whether the Trump Administration’s decision to add the citizenship question to the 2020 census was motivated by discriminatory intent. President Trump announced his intention to nominate Army Secretary Mark Esper as the Secretary of Defense after the former acting Secretary, Patrick Shanahan, withdrew from consideration. The Trump Administration finalized its replacement for the Obama-era Clean Power Plan, the Affordable Clean Energy rule, which gives states more flexibility to set their own emissions goals.
Daily Update | June 19, 2019
In a tweet last night Donald Trump made vague claims that efforts to deport undocumented immigrants will be intensified. The House Oversight and Reform Committee is requesting an interview with Christa Jones after it was revealed that she talked to a GOP strategist about a possible census citizenship question. Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan has withdrawn his nomination following reports of a domestic incident.
Daily Update | June 18, 2019
House Democrats plan to counter President Trump’s assertions of executive privilege by soliciting testimony from people who never worked in the White House. The Pentagon ordered 1,000 additional troops to the Middle East “for defensive purposes." Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) stated that bills to protect U.S. elections from foreign interference are not receiving floor votes in the Senate because of objections from the White House.
Daily Update | June 14, 2019
Hope Hicks will testify before the House Judiciary Committee next Wednesday. The DC District Court denied HHS’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit from two women who want to adopt refugee children and were denied from doing so by an HHS-funded group because they are a same-sex couple. President Trump has said he would accept information on political opponents from foreign governments during the 2020 election. Senate Republicans blocked a bill that would force campaigns to report assistance from foreign governments to the FEC and the FBI. The Office of the Special Counsel has recommended that the President fire Kellyanne Conway for violations of the Hatch Act.
Daily Update | June 13, 2019
Plaintiffs challenging the addition of a citizenship question to the census filed a motion asking the Supreme Court to remand for further proceedings in light of new evidence. The House Oversight Committee voted to hold William Barr and Wilbur Ross in contempt of Congress. The Trump administration is exerting executive privilege over documents requested by the House Oversight and Reform Committee dealing with the addition of the citizenship question on the 2020 census. House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff threatened to subpoena FBI Director Christopher Wray for not informing Congress about the status of a counterintelligence investigation into links between Trump's 2016 campaign and Russia.
Daily Update | June 11, 2019
House Democrats have appealed to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals over an order rejecting their request for a preliminary injunction over President Trump's reprogramming of military funds for a border wall. Kenneth T. Cuccinelli will serve as the new acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. President Trump's acting budget chief called for a two-year delay of a ban that would restrict the U.S. government from doing business with Chinese tech firm Huawei.
Daily Update | June 21, 2019
The Senate voted to block Trump’s arms deal with Iran, but does not have enough votes to beat a veto. A federal judge in Massachusetts has enjoined ICE from making arrests in and around courthouses. The Ninth Circuit has ruled that the administration’s plan to ban federally funded family planning clinics from giving abortion referrals will be allowed to go into effect nationwide.