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Andrew M Harris

Manafort Suit Seeks to Undermine Mueller's Legal Authority

Paul Manafort claims that U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller overstepped his authority in charging Manafort with crimes related to business conducted long before he became President Donald Trump’s campaign chairman and that involve events unrelated to Russian election meddling.

Former Trump Aide Tells Judge He Didn't Violate Gag Order

Rick Gates, the former Trump aide indicted with ex-campaign chairman Paul Manafort for crimes including money laundering, told a judge his appearance in a fundraising video didn’t violate her order not to try his case in the press.

Judge Orders Rick Gates to Explain Fundraising Video

Rick Gates, the indicted former campaign aide to Donald Trump, must explain to a judge why his reported participation in the creation of a fundraiser video and comments by a supporter didn’t violate a court order requiring Gates to refrain from discussing his criminal case in the news media.

Obamacare Subsidy Lawsuit Settled by White House, Democrats

A long-running lawsuit between the Trump administration, House Republicans and Democratic attorneys general over billions of dollars of Obamacare subsidies has been settled, according to an agreement filed in federal court Friday.

Judge Scolds Manafort for Contributing to Ukraine Op-Ed

U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson scolded Paul Manafort for contributing to an opinion article published last week in the Kyiv Post despite her order to refrain from discussing his money-laundering and conspiracy indictment in the news media.

Patagonia Sues Trump Over Bears Ears Monument

Apparel maker Patagonia Inc. sued President Donald Trump over his decision to reduce the size of the Bears Ears national monument in Utah in a case joined by conservation and preservation groups.

Deputy Renews Fight for Temporary Control of CFPB

Leandra English, second-in-command at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, has renewed her bid to wrest temporary control of the agency from President Donald Trump’s choice, White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney.

Trump Firms Must Save Records for AGs' Emoluments Lawsuit

Twenty-three Trump businesses including his Mar-a-Lago Club must retain records after they receive subpoenas from the attorneys general in Maryland and the District of Columbia as part of a lawsuit accusing the president of profiting from his office.

Trump-Appointed Judge Gets CFPB Lawsuit

Leandra English’s battle to temporarily head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will be decided by Washington U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Kelly, a Trump nominee.

Judge Denies Rick Gates’s Request for a Break From House Arrest

Paul Manafort’s co-defendant, Rick Gates, won’t get a break on his court-ordered home confinement while he waits to go to trial on money laundering and other federal charges arising from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian influence on the 2016 presidential election.

Trump Election Commission Sued by Democratic Member

Matthew Dunlap, one of four remaining Democratic members of President Donald Trump’s election integrity commission, sued the panel’s top officials including Vice President Mike Pence and Kansas Republican Kris Kobach, saying they’ve shut him out of the panel.

Judge Issues Gag Order to Lawyers and Witnesses in Manafort Case

Last week, Paul Manafort’s trial judge threatened to issue a gag order after his lawyer called Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s case against his client “ridiculous” in a blistering minute-long sidewalk speech. Now, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson has followed through.

Rick Gates Failed to Disclose Second Passport, U.S. Tells Judge

Rick Gates failed to disclose he had a second passport until three days after he surrendered to face charges with Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman that they hid their work as agents of Ukraine and laundered millions of dollars, prosecutors said.

Princeton, Microsoft Sue U.S. in Bid to Save 'Dreamers' Program

Princeton University and Microsoft Corp. sued the Trump administration in a bid to save the “Dreamer” program, which allowed people who unofficially entered the U.S. as children to remain in the country and lawfully hold jobs if they met certain criteria.

Manafort, Gates Get House Arrest After Not Guilty Pleas

Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and his associate Rick Gates were put under house arrest because they’re seen as a flight risk after they pleaded not guilty to tax crimes, money laundering, conspiracy and lying to the FBI.

California-Led Group Asks Court to Keep Obamacare Subsidies

With the health insurance of millions at stake, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, leading 18 states and the District of Columbia, asked a U.S. court for an order compelling the Trump administration to continue making Obamacare subsidy payments while their states and others fight to save them.

Religious Freedom Rules Spark New Legal Fight in Culture War

The Trump administration ratcheted up America’s raging culture war with new rules letting employers opt out of providing health insurance that covers birth control and paving the way for religious businesses and employees to discriminate based on their closely held beliefs.

Kushner Family’s Apartment Management Firm Is Sued Over Fees

A rental apartment management firm run by presidential adviser Jared Kushner’s family has been sued by two Baltimore tenants claiming it’s charging illegal fees on top of the monthly rent, then threatening to evict them if they don’t pay.

How Trump's Move Puts Immigrants’ Dreams at Risk: QuickTake Q&A

Tweeting “Congress, get ready to do your job -- DACA!” on Sept. 5, President Donald Trump said he was ending Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, otherwise known as the "Dreamers" program. That’s the system President Barack Obama created in 2012 to shield young, undocumented immigrants from being deportation. Trump delayed implementing his edict for six months to give Congress time to craft a replacement. A week after his decision set off a legal, political and economic fracas, the president

California Sues for Answers About Pruitt's EPA Stewardship

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to compel it to say what steps were taken to ensure its rule making and procedures remain impartial even as it’s led by a man who opposed the EPA in at least a half dozen lawsuits while serving as Oklahoma’s attorney general.

How a Grand Jury Fits in the Trump-Russia Probe

The news that special counsel Robert Mueller, the one-time FBI director appointed to investigate suspected Russian tampering in the 2016 presidential election and possible ties to Donald Trump’s campaign, is working with a federal grand jury in Washington suggests that the scope of the probe has been broadened. Another federal grand jury in Alexandria, Virginia, had earlier begun investigating the activities of retired U.S. Army General Michael T. Flynn, President Trump’s first national security