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United Nations Issues Human Rights Guidance for Law Enforcement

The Office of the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights issued new guidance related to “less-lethal weapons” including police batons, tear gas and tasers. The document is addressed to a wide array of stakeholders as it aims to cover all aspects of these weapons from design to use. The document is available here and below.

The Ukraine Connection

White House Sought to Restrict Fiona Hill Deposition

The deputy counsel to President Trump responded to a letter from counsel for Fiona Hill, the former Senior Director for European and Russian Affairs for the National Security Council. The White House letter argues that Hill should not discuss any classified information or any details subject to executive privilege during her deposition before three House Committees handling the impeachment inquiry. The letter can be found here and below.


District Court Rules Against Trump in Border Wall Case

The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas found President Trump’s proclamation declaring a national emergency at the southern border to be unlawful, ruling that the use of funds for this project violates the Consolidated Appropriations Act. The judge granted summary judgment in favor of the plaintiffs and called on them to file a “proposed preliminary injunction” specifying the scope of said injunction with ten days, after which the Trump administration is directed to respond.

The Ukraine Connection

Former Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch’s Opening Statement Before Congress

Former Ambassador to Ukraine Marie L. Yovanovitch delivered her opening statement in closed-door testimony before the House Committees on Oversight and Reform, Foreign Affairs and Intelligence. In the statement, Yovanovitch suggests her departure as ambassador came as a result of pressure from President Trump on the State Department.  The full opening statement is available here and below.

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Appellate Court Rules House Committee Can Subpoena Trump Tax Returns

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit rejected President Trump’s appeal to block the release of his tax returns to the House Committee on Oversight and Reform. The court’s decision affirmed that the Committee has the authority to subpoena the financial documents of the president and that Trump’s accounting firm, Mazars USA, must comply by submitting the requested information. The court opinion can be found here and below.

The Ukraine Connection

House Committees Subpoena Energy Secretary Rick Perry for Documents

The chairmen of the House Committees on Oversight and Reform, Intelligence and Foreign Affairs sent a letter to Energy Secretary Rick Perry compelling him to produce documents for the impeachment inquiry. The subpoena requests information related to Perry’s involvement in President Trump’s July 25 call with Ukrainian President Zelensky and Perry’s other activities in Ukraine. The letter can be found here and below.

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