Derek Reinbold  //  4/2/17  //  Topic Update


Rep. Devin Nunes has acknowledged that he made a visit to the White House to view intelligence files regarding President Trump’s wiretapping claims (NYTWaPo).

  • Amber Phillips argues this disclosure makes it harder for Republicans to claim they will impartially investigate Russian interference (WaPo).
  • House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes has undermined checks and balances, argues David Corn at Mother Jones.
  • Frank Bruni, at NYTcontends that Nunes is working for President Trump and must recuse himself.
  • Meanwhile, Nunes has blamed Democrats for hurting the panel’s investigation (Politico).
  • Senator Richard Burr, the Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman, promises a fair investigation (LA Times).

At Just Security, Jack Goldsmith considers potential concerns with a select congressional committee to investigate Russian interference.

GOP control of the federal government will not save Trump’s presidencywarns Josh Chaftez on Take Care.

President Trump threatened to fight members of the House Freedom Caucus in the 2018 midterm elections if they don’t cooperate with his agenda (WaPoNYT).

Despite the failure of his efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, President Trump’s presidency has been largely successful so far, writes James Hohmann (WaPo).


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.