This morning at 10:00 ET Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will testify on the Justice Department's FY2018 budget request before the Senate Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies of the Senate Appropriations Committee. I predict there is roughly zero chance that he will be asked zero questions about the FBI's Russia probe.
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Almost lost in the maelstrom of other news yesterday, the White House sent seventeen new Presidential nominations to the Senate, including the Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division and four agency general counsels.
President Trump has dismissed FBI Director James Comey. The press statement of the White House, along with letters from President Trump, Attorney General Sessions, and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, is available below. A statement from Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Vice Chairman Mark Warner is included as well.
The president can potentially paralyze an agency by deliberately choosing not to nominate anyone in hopes of preventing the agency from functioning at full capacity or perhaps even from functioning at all.
President Trump's nominations of Courtney Elwood to be CIA General Counsel and John Sullivan to be DoD General Counsel are good news for the national security law community.
This morning, the Senate Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing for Rod Rosenstein, President Trump's nominee for Deputy Attorney General, and Rachel Brand, President Trump's nominee as Associate Attorney General. Video of the hearing is available at CSPAN.
A crop of cases that have reached the Supreme Court this month (in which I’m counsel of record on behalf of the Petitioners) provide a useful chance to consider the newly relevant principle of civilian control of the military from a different angle.
Judge Gorsuch's compassion for the unpopular and vulnerable and his sense of connection between regard for disfavored groups and respect for the separation of powers is notable—with the exception of a 2011 decision on qualified immunity.
A review of legal opinions by Judge Neil Gorsuch of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, President Trump's pick to fill the ninth seat on the Supreme Court, on immigration, separation of powers, the Fourth Amendment, administrative law, international law, and foreign affairs.
According to a White House press release, President Trump will nominate Rod Rosenstein (U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland) as Deputy Attorney General, Rachel Brand (Member of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board and former Assistant Attorney General for Legal Policy) as Associate Attorney General, and Steven Engel (former Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel) as Assistant Attorney General. The press release is available below.