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Document: Judge Tatel Issues Extended Concurrence in D.C. Circuit’s Denial of En Banc Habeas Hearing

On Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit denied a motion for an initial en banc hearing in Qassim v. Trump. Judge David Tatel issued an extended concurrence, questioning the Circuit Court’s adherence to habeas precedent. The full order, with the concurrence, is below.

Civil Liberties and Constitutional Rights

Document: Court Dismisses President Trump as Party in Transgender Service Member Ban Case

On Aug. 25 2017, President Trump ordered the U.S. government to not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in the U.S. military. Two plaintiffs, Jane Doe 1 and Jane Doe 2, subsequently filed a lawsuit seeking to block the memorandum and sought a preliminary injunction. The court granted the preliminary injunction in Oct. 2017.

Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly of the U.S. District Court for the District of Colombia issued two rulings on Aug. 6 in the case of Doe v. Trump. 

FISA

Document: Justice Department Says FISA Court Lacks Jurisdiction to Hear Private Records Requests

The Justice Department filed a brief with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court on behalf of the United States arguing that the court lacks the jurisdiction to hear cases from private parties requesting the release of records. The full document is available below: 

Foreign Agents Registration Act

Document: Justice Department Charges Russian National for Conspiracy to Act as a Foreign Agent

On Monday, the Justice Department unsealed a criminal complaint and supporting affidavit against Mariia Butina, a Russian national, for conspiring to act as a foreign agent in violation of 18 U.S.C. §371. The full documents are below. 

Criminal Complaint

The Russia Connection

Document: Special Counsel Indicts 12 Russian Intelligence Officers for Hacking DNC and Clinton Campaign

A grand jury in the District of Columbia returned an 11-count indictment charging 12 Russian intelligence officers for their roles in federal crimes attempting to interfere with the 2016 election. The full indictment is below. 

Intelligence Oversight

Document: Senate Intelligence Committee Review Endorses January 2017 Intelligence Community Assessment of Russian Election Interference

The Senate intelligence committee released the findings Tuesday of its review of the January 2017 Intelligence Community Assessment of Russia’s efforts to influence the 2016 election. The document is below.

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