Alexandra Widas  //  10/21/17  //  Topic Update


The Trump Administration’s agreement that insurance subsidiaries violate the Constitution may open the door to lawsuits over the specifics of how the Executive Branch spends tax dollars (NYT).

Greg Katsas, deputy White House counsel, is expected to face stiff scrutiny from the Judiciary Committee as President Trump’s nominee to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals (Politico).

  • While Katsas’s political activities make him unlikely to sail to confirmation, skeptical Senators may support his confirmation; hearings Tuesday will provide more information, writes Harsh Voruganti at The Vetting Room.

President Trump has nominated prolific bloggers to the federal bench, but Republican Senators have stuck by his picks (Politico).

Attorney General Sessions’s testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee suggested that the public does not fully understand the “significance of the error” James Comey made during the Clinton investigation (The Hill).

  • Lawfare features video of Attorney General Sessions’s testimony.

The Trump Administration may inspire greater congressional oversight of the federal bureaucracy, writes Chris Walker at Notice & Comment.  

President Trump has complained about Democratic senators obstructing his judicial nominees, but he has had more judicial nominees confirmed than President Obama by this point in his term (AP).


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.