Trump Administration

SCOTUS Allows Full Trump Travel Ban to Take Effect

The U.S. Supreme Court today allowed the Trump Administration’s latest travel ban to take full effect, including the ban on travel by individuals with a bona fide relationship to a person in the United States, the ABA Journal reports. The order will remain in place until the government’s appeals to orders from federal judges in Hawaii and Maryland are heard and, if cert if granted, until the Supreme Court rules.

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White House Considers Asking Judicial Nominees to Refuse ABA Interviews

The Trump administration is considering asking judicial nominees to refuse interviews with the American Bar Association and refuse to sign waivers allowing the ABA to access their disciplinary records, the ABA Journal reports. The measure is being considered after the ABA gave a “not qualified” rating to federal nominee Leonard Steven Grasz, who was found by an ABA committee to appear to be affected by a “passionately held social agenda.” The rating was based on interviews with 207 lawyers, judges and others.

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President Trump: U.S. Justice System a ‘Joke,’ ‘Laughing Stock’

In remarks following yesterday’s terrorist attack in New York City, President Donald Trump today called the American justice system a “joke” and a “laughing stock,” The Hill reports. “We need quick justice and we need strong justice, much quicker and much stronger than we have right now,” President Trump said. “Because what we have right now is a joke and it’s a laughing stock and no wonder so much of this stuff takes place.”
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3 Former Trump Campaign Officials Charged by Special Counsel

Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III today revealed criminal charges against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and two other campaign officials, The Washington Post reports. One of the three, George Papadopoulos, admitted to making false statements to FBI investigators. Papadopoulos is described in court documents as attempting to arrange a meeting between the Trump campaign and Russian officials. Manafort and his business partner, Rick Gates, were charged in a 12-count indictment with conspiracy to launder money, making false statements and other charges.
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Federal Judge Issues Injunction Prohibiting Transgender Military Ban

A federal judge in Washington, D.C., has issued a preliminary injunction that prohibits the Trump administration from implementing a planned ban on transgender individuals from serving in the military, the ABA Journal reports. The injunction was issued today by U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly. She did not rule on another section of the Trump administration’s directive that banned using military resources to pay for sex reassignment surgeries.
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Sessions Criticizes Federal Judges Who Block Trump Administration Policies

Attorney General Jeff Sessions today had harsh words for judges who have issued nationwide injunctions that blocked Trump administration policies, the ABA Journal reports. Sessions said in a speech to the Heritage Foundation that the judges are failing to respect the legislative and executive branches, and emphasized that "the judiciary is not a superior or policy-setting branch." American Bar Association President Hilarie Bass issued a statement saying that the ABA is “alarmed” in response to the remarks. “Judges should not be attacked or diminished by another branch of government just because they do not rule in its favor,” Bass said. “Judicial independence is critical to maintaining the rule of law in our nation.”
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Overbey Confirmed by Senate Judiciary Committee for U.S. Attorney Role

State Sen. Doug Overbey (R-Maryville) has been confirmed to serve as the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee by the Senate Judiciary Committee today, the Knoxville News Sentinel reports. He still has to be confirmed by the entire U.S. Senate. Overbey was nominated three months ago by President Donald Trump. Overbey is currently a senior partner and co-founder of the Robertson Overbey law firm in Knoxville, where he practices antitrust and commercial litigation. 
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Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price Resigns

President Donald Trump has accepted the resignation of Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, USA Today reports. Price was under pressure for the use of chartered planes, which racked up approximately $1 million in flight costs at taxpayer expense, and the president publicly expressed his disapproval. “I’m not happy, I can tell you,” Trump said earlier today. “I certainly don’t like the optics.” Don Wright, deputy assistant secretary for Health and Director of the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, will serve as acting HHS secretary.
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Trump Reveals New Travel Ban, SCOTUS Will Not Hear Oral Arguments

The U.S. Supreme Court said today it will not hear oral arguments on the travel ban case as scheduled on Oct. 10, CNN reports. After President Donald Trump issued a new travel ban proclamation on Sunday, the court now wants to hear from both sides if the issue is moot. The one-page unsigned announcement from the court is not a final decision, but simply removes the case from the current oral argument schedule. The new travel ban, announced just as the previous one was about to expire, now includes North Korea, Venezuela and Chad, while removing Sudan.
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Trump Outside Counsel to File Complaint Against Comey

President Donald Trump’s outside counsel, Marc Kasowitz, plans to file a complaint with the Justice Department against former FBI Director James Comey, CNN reports. The complaint against Comey stems from his testimony that he passed along memos about his conversations with the president to a friend, a Columbia University Law professor, so that the friend could pass the information to the New York Times. However, the Justice Department has limited options to punish Comey, should any wrongdoing be found, as he is no longer an employee.
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