Jacob Schulz

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Jacob Schulz is an associate editor at Lawfare and a research assistant at the Brookings Institution. He earned a bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from Amherst College in Law, Jurisprudence & Social Thought and French. He wrote his senior thesis about drone warfare and legal theory.

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Federal Judge Rules Trump Cannot Spend Emergency Funds on Border Wall

A judge in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas ruled that President Donald Trump's border wall emergency proclamation, which gave the adminstration the ability to use funding for other activities to pay for construction of the border wall, was unlawful. The ruling also permanently enjoined the heads of the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of the Interior and the Treasury Department from using emergency construction funds for the wall other than those appropriated by Congress in the 2019 Consolidated Appropriations Act.

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Second Circuit Rejects Trump Attempt Block Release of Financial Records to Congress

The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit denied a motion for preliminary injunction by Donald Trump and the Trump Organization to prevent Deutsche Bank from complying with a congressional subpoena to relase Trump's financial records. The ruling can be found here and below.

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District Judge Denies Stay in McGahn Case

Though the circuit court granted an administrative stay, a judge in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has denied a motion by the Department of Justice to stay a Nov. 25 ruling that held that McGahn does not have absolute testimonial immunity and must comply with a congressional subpoena for his testimony. The denial of the stay can be found here and below.

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House Republicans Release Report on Impeachment Evidence

On Dec. 2, the ranking members for the three House committees tasked with managing the impeachment inquiry released a Republican staff report on the available evidence in the ongoing inquiry. The report decries the inquiry as "an orchestrated campagin to upend our political system" and argues that "none of the Democrats' witnesses testified to having evidence of bribery, extortion, or any high crime or misdemeanor." The report can be found here and below.

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District Court Judge Rules McGahn Must Comply With Congressional Subpoena

A judge in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that the President's former White House Counsel Don McGahn must testify before impeachment investigators pursuant to a subpoena issued by the House Judiciary Committee. McGahn served as Trump's White House counsel from inauguration until October 2018. McGahn can appeal the ruling and request a stay pending appeal. The ruling can be found here and below.