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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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Sen. McSally Proposes Domestic Terrorism Bill

Sen. Martha McSally has proposed a draft bill to make domestic terrorism a federal crime, following the recent mass shootings in Texas, Ohio and California. The bill would also require an annual report from the attorney general, the director of the FBI and the secretary of homeland security assessing the current domestic terrorism risk as well as providing an analysis of domestic terrorism incidents or attempted incidents.

Documents

McGahn Case Related to Grand Jury Document Requests, Judiciary Committee Argues

The House Committee on the Judiciary filed a response to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia’s order to show reasoning for why the committee’s motion to compel former White House counsel Don McGahn to testify before Congress should be designated as related to the committee’s efforts to obtain materials from a grand jury.

Federal Law Enforcement

Andrew McCabe Sues Attorney General and FBI Director

On August 8, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against Attorney General William Barr and FBI Director Christopher Wray over McCabe’s demotion and dismissal from the FBI. The complaint alleges that the defendants' actions violated both McCabe’s First Amendment and due process rights. The complete document is available here and below.

Congress

House Judiciary Committee Sues to Enforce McGahn Subpoena

On August 7, the House Judiciary Committee filed a civil complaint with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to enforce the committee’s subpoena for former White House counsel Don McGahn’s testimony. The complaint argues that McGahn’s refusal to testify impedes the committee’s ability to determine whether to approve articles of impeachment, pass remedial legislation and conduct oversight of the Department of Justice. The document is available here and below.

Congress

Justice Department Amicus Brief in Mazars Case

On August 6, the Justice Department filed an amicus brief in Trump v. Mazars, President Trump’s suit challenging a subpoena by the House Committee on Oversight and Reform for the release of Trump’s financial information. The case is currently before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit; oral arguments took place on July 12. The complete document is available here and below.

 

Federal Law Enforcement

Peter Strzok Sues Attorney General and FBI Director

Former Special Agent Peter Strzok has filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against Attorney General Bill Barr and FBI Director Christopher Wray, as well as the Justice Department and FBI, over Strzok's dismissal from the FBI and the release of Strzok's text messages with then-FBI employee Lisa Page. The complaint alleges violations of Strzok's First Amendment and due process rights, as well as a violation of the Privacy Act concerning the release of the text messages.

immigration

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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