Britany Riley  //  7/16/17  //  Topic Update


The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on Christopher Wray’s nomination for FBI Director (NYT).

  • During the hearing, Wray pledged he would resign before improperly dropping an investigation. 
  • Benjamin Wittes criticized members of the Senate Judiciary Committee for failing to effectively question Wray given the current circumstances.

Four Trump nominees make it through the Senate Judiciary Committee (Washington Times).


Updates | The Week of January 15, 2018

1/14/18  //  Daily Update

After almost a year, the Trump Administration’s Justice Department lacks Senate-confirmed appointees in leadership posts running the national security, criminal, civil rights and other key divisions.

Zachary Piaker

Columbia Law School

Updates | The Week of January 15, 2018

1/14/18  //  Daily Update

While the President holds an obligation to ensure faithful execution of the laws, Congress holds sole authority to appropriate resources for that power’s exercise and is therefore not duty-bound to provide resources necessary for the executive branch’s fulfillment of its constitutional functions.

Zachary Piaker

Columbia Law School

Update | The Week of November 27, 2017

12/4/17  //  Daily Update

President Trump has signaled to friends his belief that a government shutdown would help him politically.

Jeffrey Stein

Columbia Law School