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Second Circuit Rejects Trump Attempt Block Release of Financial Records to Congress

The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit denied a motion for preliminary injunction by Donald Trump and the Trump Organization to prevent Deutsche Bank from complying with a congressional subpoena to relase Trump's financial records. The ruling can be found here and below.

Congress

District Judge Denies Stay in McGahn Case

Though the circuit court granted an administrative stay, a judge in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has denied a motion by the Department of Justice to stay a Nov. 25 ruling that held that McGahn does not have absolute testimonial immunity and must comply with a congressional subpoena for his testimony. The denial of the stay can be found here and below.

Documents

House Republicans Release Report on Impeachment Evidence

On Dec. 2, the ranking members for the three House committees tasked with managing the impeachment inquiry released a Republican staff report on the available evidence in the ongoing inquiry. The report decries the inquiry as "an orchestrated campagin to upend our political system" and argues that "none of the Democrats' witnesses testified to having evidence of bribery, extortion, or any high crime or misdemeanor." The report can be found here and below.

The Ukraine Connection

Summary of Philip Reeker’s Deposition Testimony

Editor’s note: This is one of many summaries of depositions released by House impeachment investigators. The others are available here.

Ambassador Philip Reeker testified before Congress in the ongoing impeachment inquiry on Oct. 26. Below is a summary of his testimony, as compiled from the transcript of his deposition.

Impeachment

White House Letter on Dec. 4 Impeachment Hearing

On Dec. 1, the president's counsel Pat Cipollone sent a letter to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler regarding the impeachment inquiry. The letter indicates that the White House will not participate in the upcoming Judiciary Committee impeachment hearing on Dec. 4 but leaves open this possibility for future hearings. The document is available here and below.

The Ukraine Connection

Transcripts of Mark Sandy's and Amb. Philip Reeker's Deposition Testimony

The House Intelligence Committee released additional transcripts from its impeachment investigation documenting the depositions of Office of Management and Budget official Mark Sandy and State Department official Amb. Philip Reeker. Both transcripts are available below.

Congress

District Court Judge Rules McGahn Must Comply With Congressional Subpoena

A judge in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that the President's former White House Counsel Don McGahn must testify before impeachment investigators pursuant to a subpoena issued by the House Judiciary Committee. McGahn served as Trump's White House counsel from inauguration until October 2018. McGahn can appeal the ruling and request a stay pending appeal. The ruling can be found here and below.

Executive Power

Trump Asks Supreme Court to Hear Manhattan Tax Returns Case

On Nov. 14, President Trump petitioned the Supreme Court for a writ of certiorari to hear a case involving Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance's subpoena to Trump's accounting firm Mazars for the president's tax returns. The petition filed by the president, a brief in opposition from Vance and an amicus curiae brief from the solicitor general are available below.

Petition for Writ

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