Justice Neil M. Gorsuch used his first high court opinion Monday to write a concise, pointed essay on how the justices should decide cases — by following the “plain terms” of the law, not by updating an old statute to meet new problems.
“These are matters for Congress, not this court,” he wrote.
He spoke for all nine justices in limiting the reach of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act of 1977 to debt-collection businesses and not to companies that have purchased unpaid debts which they then try to collect for themselves.
President Trump's nominee to be a key banking regulator said through a spokesman Monday that he did not misrepresent that he had a degree from Dartmouth College, but simply used the wording on a certificate he earned from a four-week continuing education program held at the school.
“He’s not implying that he got a degree from Dartmouth College,” said Sig Rogich, a spokesman for Joseph Otting.
Otting, the former chief executive of Pasadena’s OneWest Bank, was nominated last week to be the comptroller of the currency. The job involves leading the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, an independent bureau of the Treasury Department that oversees federally chartered banks.
A federal appeals court refused Monday to lift a hold on President Trump’s revised travel order barring new visas for nationals from six predominantly Muslim countries.
The unanimous, unsigned ruling by a three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals was the latest in a string of legal defeats the administration has suffered. The administration has said it will take its case to the U.S. Supreme Court.
“In suspending the entry of more than 180 million nationals from six countries, suspending the entry of all refugees, and reducing the cap on the admission of refugees from 110,000 to 50,000 for the 2017 fiscal year, the President did not meet the essential precondition to exercising his delegated authority: The President must make a sufficient finding that the entry of these classes of people would be “detrimental to the interests of the United States," the ruling said
The lawsuit centers on the fact that Trump chose to retain ownership of his company when he became president. (June 12, 2017) (Sign up for our free video newsletter here http://bit.ly/2n6VKPR)
The attorneys general of Maryland and the District of Columbia have announced they've sued President Trump, alleging he violated the Constitution by retaining ties to a sprawling global business empire.
District of Columbia Atty. Gen. Karl Racine and Maryland Atty. Gen. Brian Frosh made the announcement at a jointly held news conference in Washington, confirming the suit has been filed in a court in Maryland. Frosh and Racine cited Trump's leases, properties and other business "entanglements" around the world as the reason for the suit, saying those posed a conflict of interest under a clause of the Constitution.
"The president's conflicts of interest threaten our democracy," Frosh told journalists. "We cannot treat the president's ongoing violations of the Constitution and his disregard of the rights of the American people as the new acceptable status quo."
Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions will testify in public Tuesday before the Senate Intelligence Committee, where members are eager to hear an explanation of his actions related to the investigation into whether President Trump’s campaign colluded with a Russian scheme to interfere in last year’s election.
Sessions asked to testify in public, believing “it is important for the American people to hear the truth directly from him,” according to Sarah Isgur Flores, a Justice Department spokeswoman.
The nation’s top law enforcement official, Sessions recused himself from supervising the Russia investigation after he came under criticism for failing to disclose two meetings with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador. Some Democrats also have questioned why Sessions, after that recusal, wrote a memo to Trump saying he recommended the firing of FBI Director James B. Comey.
The attorneys general of Maryland and the District of Columbia said Monday they will sue President Trump, alleging he has violated the Constitution by taking payments from foreign governments as president.
Maryland Atty. Gen. Brian Frosh outlined details of the lawsuit in an interview with the Associated Press. Much of it is focused on alleged violations of the emoluments clause of the Constitution, based on Trump's real estate holdings. The clause prohibits the president and other government employees from accepting foreign gifts and payments without congressional approval.
The Trump Hotel in the nation's capital affects business in the Washington area and is part of the reason the lawsuit was filed by officials in the District of Columbia and Maryland, Frosh said.
The first family is together again under the same roof: the White House.
After nearly five months of living apart, President Trump's wife, Melania, announced Sunday that she and the couple's young son have finally moved into the executive mansion at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Mother and son broke with tradition by living at Trump Tower in New York since the inauguration so that Barron, now 11, could finish the school year uninterrupted; the president lived and worked at the White House.
Preet Bharara, the former U.S. attorney for Manhattan, told an interviewer Sunday that he was fired after a series of “uncomfortable” telephone calls that made him feel that President Trump might be trying to compromise his independence as a federal prosecutor.
Trump, who was then president-elect, first telephoned in December, “ostensibly to shoot the breeze and asked me how I was doing and wanted to make sure I was OK," Bharara said on ABC's “This Week."
“It appeared to be that he was trying to cultivate some kind of relationship."