The document is most interesting not as a legal work but for what it says about the president’s lawyers’ understanding of the special counsel’s investigation of obstruction.
The New York Times has obtained letters sent to the office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller by the president's legal team, one in January 2018 and one in June 2017. The correspondence makes an aggressive case as to the scope of President Trump's Article II power.
The government has filed a notice with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in Doe v. Mattis, informing the court that phone calls between Doe and his attorneys were inadvertently recorded by the Defense Department. The department writes that the one Pentagon employee who heard the phone calls has not discussed the contents with anyone and has been instructed not to do so. The contents of the calls have been downloaded to a CD, which will be shared with the ACLU and subsequently destroyed. The filing is available in full below.
Sen. Jeff Merkley has released the text of a new draft AUMF, available in full below. The senator's press release and summary of the bill are available here.
Document: Trump's Blocking of Critics on Twitter is Unconstitutional, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Rules
The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York has issued a declaratory judgment holding that President Trump's blocking of his critics on Twitter violates the First Amendment. The ruling is included in full below.
'The Day that We Can't Protect Human Sources': The President and the House Intelligence Committee Burn an Informant
What happens when the outing of intelligence sources is the province not of rogue insiders but of senior officials in two branches of this country’s government?
On Thursday, lawyers for Roger Stone, the Trump campaign, and a handful of plaintiffs affiliated with the Democratic National Committee met in a federal courtroom to battle out the same question that everyone in American politics has been arguing over for the past year and a half: was there collusion between Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and the Russian government?