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Injunction on Asylum Ban Applies Only in Ninth Circuit

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled on Friday that the injunction against the Trump administration's new asylum rule, which denies asylum to migrants who attempt to enter the U.S. along the southern border without first applying for asylum in a third country through which they traveled, is enforceable only within the Ninth Circuit. The order is available here and below. 

 

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Judge Vacates Trump Asylum Order

Judge Randolph Moss of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia vacated on Friday a presidential proclamation barring people who enter the country outside ports of entry from seeking asylum. The policy had been temporarily enjoined by a judge in the U.S. District Court for the District of Northern California. The ruling is available here and below. 

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Trump Files Suit Against House Ways and Means Committee and New York State Officials

President Trump filed a lawsuit against the House Committee on Ways and Means, New York State’s attorney general and the state’s tax commissioner on Tuesday, to block the release of multiple years of his state tax returns. Trump filed this suit “in his capacity as a private citizen” after the Ways and Means Committee sued the Treasury Department for his tax returns.

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Unredacted Documents Released in Cohen Case

At the request of the district court, on July 17 the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York made public an unredacted status report and series of investigative materials relating to the Michael Cohen case. The documents, along with the district court’s order directing filing of the documents, can be read below. 

 

Memorandum and Order as to Michael Cohen

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Trump Exerts Executive Privilege Over Census Materials

The Department of Justice has informed the House Oversight and Reform Committee that President Trump has exerted executive privilege over certain documents subpoenaed by the committee regarding the administration's decision to include a question about U.S. citizenship in the 2020 census. The letter can be read here and below. 

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OLC Releases Opinion on Executive Branch Counsel for Officials Subject to Congressional Subpoena

The Justice Department disclosed an opinion from the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) stating that it is unconstitutional for Congress to prohibit executive branch lawyers from accompanying witnesses who are current and former executive branch employees called to testify.

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