Executive Branch

2031 ABA Journal articles on Executive Branch.

Special counsel files new charging document in Manafort case; bail filing alleges bank fraud

Special counsel Robert Mueller has filed a new, sealed charging document in the money laundering case against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his onetime business associate Rick…

White House counsel has central role in controversies as he seeks to ‘mollify and protect’ Trump

White House counsel Don McGahn is again at the center of controversy amid revelations that he was told of domestic abuse allegations against Rob Porter, even as the now-former…

ABA president says Trump’s plan to defund the Legal Services Corp. ‘should be dead on arrival’

Updated: President Donald Trump is pushing once again to eliminate funding for the Legal Services Corp.

Trump proposed defunding the group on Monday in his budget plan for fiscal 2019,…

Is Devin Nunes helping Trump obstruct justice? Legal experts make the argument
The Republican memo released by the House Intelligence Committee could put its chairman, Devin Nunes, in legal jeopardy if he or his staff members coordinated its drafting and release with the White House, a New York Times op-ed asserts.
How Democrats could release their memo without Trump’s approval
President Donald Trump’s objections to the Democratic memo rebutting allegations of FBI surveillance abuse has some law professors spinning out scenarios in which the memo could be released without executive branch approval.
No. 3 lawyer at Justice Department is leaving; what does it mean for the special counsel probe?
Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand, the third-highest ranking official at the Justice Department, is leaving for a top position with Walmart.
White House aide who resigned amid abuse allegations was a former BigLaw lawyer and ‘rising star’
A White House aide who resigned on Wednesday amid allegations of domestic abuse had a Harvard law degree and a BigLaw resume.
9th Circuit upholds $25M Trump University settlement that gives ‘almost a full recovery’ to students

A Florida bankruptcy lawyer who paid about $19,000 for classes at Trump University can’t opt out of a $25 million settlement and bring her own lawsuit, a move that would…

Trump’s lawyers have reportedly advised him to refuse an interview with the special counsel
Lawyers for President Donald Trump have reportedly advised him to refuse an interview with special counsel Robert Mueller, setting up the possibility of a court battle to compel his testimony.

The lawyers fear that an interview could be grounds for perjury charges, the New York Times reports in a story based on four anonymous sources.
GOP releases memo, says Democratic-financed dossier was used in surveillance application
House Republicans have released an anticipated memo alleging surveillance abuses by the FBI in its investigation of Russian influence in President Donald Trump's campaign.
Lawyers representing Rick Gates in Mueller probe seek to withdraw
Lawyers representing Rick Gates in the special counsel probe filed a motion to withdraw on Thursday that says the reasons will be explained in a sealed document.

The withdrawing lawyers are Shanlon Wu of Wu, Grohovsky & Whipple; Walter Mack of Doar Rieck Kaley & Mack; and Annemarie McAvoy of McAvoy Consulting, report Politico, the Washington Post, Salon and the National Law Journal.
ABA president: Special counsel must be unfettered by threats and intimidation tactics
ABA President Hilarie Bass released a statement on Thursday that said special counsel Robert Mueller should not be undermined by “threats, intimidation tactics and interference by other branches of government.”
Trump is expected to allow release of secret GOP memo despite FBI protest, sources say

President Donald Trump is expected to allow release of a secret GOP memo that reportedly alleges surveillance abuses by the FBI and the U.S. Justice Department, according to reports.


Statement about meeting with Russian lawyer is reportedly a focus of Mueller’s probe
Investigators for special counsel Robert Mueller have reportedly questioned several White House officials about a statement issued in response to press inquiries about Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian lawyer.
10 Questions: This Denver lawyer serves up culinary history with a side of social justice
Adrian E. Miller wrote "The President’s Kitchen Cabinet: The Story of the African Americans Who Have Fed Our First Families, from the Washingtons to the Obamas."

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