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The Russia Connection

Judge Dismisses DNC Suit Against Trump Campaign and Others

Judge John G. Koeltl of the U.S. District Court for the U.S. District of New York has dismissed a lawsuit by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) against the Trump campaign, President Trump and other associates and high-level members of his campaign, Wikileaks, the Russian government, and others associated with Russian election interference efforts. The ruling is available here and below.


House Oversight Committee Report on Saudi Nuclear Transfer Deal

On July 29, the House Oversight and Reform Committee released a report on the influence wielded by private individuals with connections to President Trump over the administration’s push to transfer U.S. nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia, which it pursued without a bilateral agreement under Section 123 of the Atomic Energy Act. This report builds on the committee’s report of February 19, 2019, and is based on documents the committee obtained from several outside companies.


Supreme Court Grants Stay on Wall Injunction

The Supreme Court has granted a stay of an injunction on the Trump administration's construction of a wall along the southern border pursuant to a declaration of national emergency. Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan would have denied the government's application for a stay, while Justice Stephen Breyer wrote dissenting in part and concurring in part. The document is available here and below.


Ninth Circuit Ruling Limits Illegal Entry Prosecutions

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit limited the scope of the government’s ability to prosecute people for illegally crossing the border, holding that only people who cross through open ports of entry without authorization—as opposed to crossing the border some other way—can be prosecuted for “eluding examination or inspection by immigration officers.” In U.S. v.


House Judiciary Committee Asks Court For Grand Jury Material

The House Judiciary Committee has filed an application with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia requesting the release of grand jury material redacted from the Mueller report, along with additional related grand jury material concerning President Trump and former White House Counsel Don McGahn.

Intelligence Oversight

Senate Intelligence Committee Report on Russian Active Measures: Part One

The Senate Intelligence Committee released a redacted report on Russian active measures campaigns in the 2016 election. This document, reportedly the first of five volumes, is titled, “Volume 1: Russian Efforts Against Election Infrastructure with Additional Views.” The complete document is available here and below.



Court Grants Preliminary Injunction in Challenge to Asylum Ban

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California granted a preliminary injunction in East Bay Sanctuary et al. v. William Barr et al., a case challenging the Trump administration’s rule denying asylum for any migrants who attempt to enter the United States along the southern border without first applying for asylum in a third country through which they travelled. The order is available in full here and below.



Senate Hearing On the Use of Military Force

On July 24, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing titled, “Reviewing Authorities for the Use of Military Force.” The committee called David Hale, under secretary of state for political affairs and Marik String, Acting State Department legal adviser as witnesses. The witnesses’ complete written submissions are available below. A video recording of the hearing will be posted online here.

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