Eve Levin  //  8/6/17  //  Topic Update


The Senate confirmed Christopher Wray, President Trump’s nominee for FBI Director by a vote of 92-5 (NYTPoliticoWaPo).

The House Judiciary Committee’s adoption of a resolution calling for a special counsel to investigate the Hillary Clinton campaign is inappropriate, writes Quinta Jurecic at Lawfare.

By a vote of 66-31, the Senate confirmed Kevin Newsom, President Trump’s nominee for the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit (How Appealing).

Due to his role in authoring the “torture memos” as head of the Office of Legal Counsel under President George W. Bush, the Senate should reject the nomination of Steven Bradbury as general counsel of the Department of Transportation, suggests Daphne Eviatar at Just Security.

Republican Senator Jeff Flake publicly criticizes President Trump and his own party’s response to the White House in his new book, writes Lisa Mascaro at the Los Angeles Times.


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

The Senate Judiciary Committee urged the DOJ to expand its oversight of gambling. A bipartisan Cyber Diplomacy Act is a legislative effort to the State Department's "redesign."

Jeffrey Stein

Columbia Law School

Updates | The Week of November 20, 2017

11/26/17  //  Daily Update

Despite concerning allegations, President Trump maintains support for Roy Moore in Alabama's senate race.