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The Texas redistricting trial wraps up

The trial has mostly wound up http://txredistricting.org/post/162996419486/the-texas-redistricting-trial-wraps-up

It’s not yet clear when the court will rule. At least one of the judges said earlier this week that his calendar is pretty packed for the next couple of weeks. But at least in theory given the limited number of remaining issues, it might even be possible to get a ruling before the month-long special session of the Texas Legislature that begins July 18 ends. But in any event, the redrawing of the Texas state house and congressional maps - and there will be a redrawing if for no other reason than to remedy the carryover violations - seems at long last to be in the horizon.

Ty Cobb Resigns from Hogan Lovells To Join Trump Legal Team

Hogan is the firm that is kicking butt in the Hawaii Muslim Ban case and so Ty had resigned https://finance.yahoo.com/news/ty-cobb-resigns-hogan-lovells-090629122.html

Ty Cobb, a longtime Hogan Lovells partner based in Washington, D.C., has joined President Donald Trump's legal team as special counsel. His last day at Hogan Lovells will be July 30, the firm's chairman said in an all-firm email sent Friday afternoon.

The White House had not officially announced the appointment as of late Friday afternoon, and several leaders and a spokesman for Hogan Lovells did not respond to requests for comment. Cobb's email was set to an out-of-office auto reply Friday, saying he's currently on travel.

The National Law Journal obtained a copy of the email written by Hogan Lovells chair Stephen Immelt announcing Cobb's departure from the firm and confirmed his move with two other sources.

Bloomberg News, which first reported Cobb's hire, said he would serve as traffic cop, enforcer of discipline and public spokesman for the president's legal team as it grapples with simultaneous congressional and Justice Department investigations into the Trump campaign's Russia contacts, which are consuming the president's politics more every day.

zodiacPAC-Reminding you why Ted Cruz and his cronies are bad for Texas and America.

This could be amusing https://www.zodiacpac.com/

zodiacPAC is a political action committee founded by young Houstonians, out of a belief that there are lots of Texans who don't feel represented by the likes of Ted Cruz. Many of the most conservative and senior leaders in Congress come from our great state; the November 2018 election is an important opportunity to challenge conservative Republicans' support for Donald Trump's racist, sexist, elitist agenda. In this exhausting political climate, we're keeping the pressure on Ted and his cronies.

Federal Judge Says Trump Travel Ban Can't Keep Out Grandparents And Other Family Members

Trump loses again in court https://www.buzzfeed.com/chrisgeidner/federal-judge-limits-trump-administration-travel-ban?utm_term=.jgzlA96LRO#.ropJQ28AMr

The federal judge in Hawaii who initially put President Trump's revised travel and refugee ban on hold on Thursday placed limits on the administration's recent rules enforcing a limited version of that ban.

The US Supreme Court allowed a portion of Trump's March 6 executive order to go into effect in a June 26 ruling. Hawaii, though, had argued that the federal government's interpretation of the Supreme Court's ruling — which exempted those with a "bona fide relationship" with people or entities in the US from being banned — was too narrow.

The federal government cannot use the executive order to "exclude grandparents, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins of persons in the United States," US District Judge Derrick Watson ruled, agreeing with Hawaii.

Watson also placed additional restrictions on which potential refugees can be excluded under the order. Specifically, Watson ruled that a potential refugee's "assurance from a United States refugee resettlement agency" constitutes the sort of "bona fide relationship" that bars enforcement of the executive order against that would-be refugee.

Trump Campaign Is Sued Over Leaked Emails Linked to Russians

This is the lawsuit that was discussed on the Rachel Maddow show tonight. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/12/us/politics/trump-campaign-and-adviser-are-sued-over-leaked-emails.html It was filed by a group of ex-Obama administration lawyers who are very strong. The are suing the trump campaign and Roger Stone for participating in the hack of the DNC under an invasion of privacy theory. There is a link to the pleading on Maddow blog

Stephen Colbert Apologizes to Eric Trump: We Always Thought You Were the Dumb One



Lawyers Committee Files Lawsuit Against Trump Election Integrity Panel

Source: Talking Points memorandum

Another group is suing President Donald Trump’s bogus “election integrity” commission for failing to follow federal open meeting laws.

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law filed a lawsuit Monday after the election commission failed to provide information about its upcoming meeting on June 19, which is not open to the public. The Lawyers’ Committee says this violates the Federal Advisory Committee Act, which requires advisory committees to post notice of meetings, make their discussions open to the public and that written records of the meetings be shared publicly.

Similar to a suit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, the Lawyers’ Committee complaint claims the election panel’s upcoming meeting should be open to the public and calls on the group to be transparent about its intentions with the voter data it requested from all 50 states.

The lawsuit asks for a temporary halt on the election commission’s operations until it can produce public records from its meetings. It also demands that all of the panel’s meetings be open to the public.

Read more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/lawyers-committee-files-suit-against-trump-election-fraud-panel

This is the second lawsuit filed today. The ACLU filed the first lawsuit and this is the second lawsuit.filed today. There was another lawsuit filed last week

Beyond Words: J. Christian Adams Appointed to Pence-Kobach Commission

Adams is a tier three law school grad who was illegally hired by von Spakovsky as part of the process to gut the voting rights section of the DOJ. Adams is the complete idiot who pushed the New Black Panther stupidity and is a complete loser but is now a member of the Kobach voter suppression commission http://electionlawblog.org/?p=93726

it is hard to imagine a list of people less credible on the issue of the extent of voter fraud in the United States, and who have done more to raise the scourge of voter fraud as a means to advocate for laws to make it harder for people to register and to vote. This is not a list meant to inspire bipartisan cooperation on fixing election administration. It is assembling a rogues’ gallery of vote suppression.

The only one missing is John Fund. Maybe he’ll be appointed their research director.

There was another Democrat named today, Alan Lamar King of Alabama. Never heard of him, which is the pattern with most of the Democrats on the so-called “bipartisan commission.”

Trump Jr. Hires Criminal Defense Attorney Alan Futerfas For Russia Probe

Don Jr. has lawyered up http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/donald-trump-jr-hires-alan-futerfas

Donald Trump Jr. hired criminal defense attorney Alan Futerfas on Monday to represent him in connection with the ongoing probe into Russian election meddling in the 2016 election, TPM has confirmed.

Amanda Miller, the Trump Organization’s senior vice president for marketing and corporate communications, confirmed Futerfas’ hiring in an email to TPM. Futurfas himself later confirmed his hiring in an email to TPM.

Trump Jr. said Monday that he would be “happy to work with the committee to pass on what I know,” responding to Sen. Susan Collins’ assertion that the Senate Intelligence Committee ought to interview him about his meeting with a Kremlin-linked attorney who had promised damaging information about Hillary Clinton in June 2016.

Cursory research reveals Futerfas’ colorful client list, from a woman whose family trafficked cocaine out of their Corona, Queens pizzeria to an investment broker who sold NFL and NBA players millions of dollars of worthless unregistered promissory notes.

Open Door to Moscow? New Facts in the Potential Criminal Case of Trump Campaign Coordination with Ru

Open Door to Moscow? New Facts in the Potential Criminal Case of Trump Campaign Coordination with Russia-Bob Bauer is President Obama's outside counsel. Bauer lays out why Don Jr/s contact with a Russian agent may be a crime. Here is one of two main theories that could land Don Jr. in prison https://www.justsecurity.org/42956/open-door-moscow-facts-potential-criminal-case-trump-campaign-coordination-russia/


A charge of illegal coordination is consistent with a conspiracy, aiding or abetting, or “substantial assistance” source of liability. It is the campaign finance law equivalent to what has been referred to in the public debate as “collusion.” In other words coordination is a legally prohibited form of collusion: spending by Russia, if coordinated with the campaign, is a contribution to the campaign. The contribution, of course, would be illegal. It is important to underscore here that this area of law applies to any and all coordinated spending beneficial to the campaign, not only to coordination with Russians, the Russian government, or other foreign nationals (think: Wikileaks).

Under the campaign finance laws, spending of all kinds to influence an election can be subject to a finding of coordination resulting in an illegal contribution. 52 U.S.C. §30116(a)(7)(B)(i); 11 C.F.R. §109.20. The coordination rules are designed to enforce contribution limits, by treating as a contribution an expenditure from any source “in cooperation, consultation, or concert, with, or at the request or suggestion of” a candidate or agent of the candidate. If R is the organization spending the money, and T is the candidate who is coordinating the spending with R, then T has received a contribution from R. The contribution must comply, like all other contributions, with source restrictions, dollar limits, and public reporting. (And under no circumstance may a candidate coordinate campaign spending, which includes any “thing of value” to influence an election, with a foreign national.)

There are special coordination rules that apply to expenditures for public communications, such as a group’s spending coordinated with a candidate for television campaign advertising. 11 C.F.R. §109.21. There are also general coordination rules, which simply treat as a contribution any spending made “in cooperation, consultation or concert with, or at the request or suggestion of” a candidate.

A question clearly raised by the new information is whether the Trump campaign’s communications about the hacked emails–through both public statements and private contacts–constituted in effect, for legal purposes, a request or suggestion that funds be spent to acquire the stolen emails. The candidate certainly requested this assistance in his public remarks. Now, in a meeting scheduled with a Russian national with ties to the Putin regime, the campaign made clear that it was actively interested in having this kind of information.

Investigators will presumably explore whether the campaign was interested specifically in the stolen emails. Press reporting suggests that a) the campaign was interested in the emails, because the candidate had said so, and supporters like Mr. Smith was engaged in a concerted effort to find them; and b) both the campaign and Mr. Smith were dealing with Russian nationals in the search for negative information on Mrs. Clinton. At any rate, any support coordinated with the Russians constitutes an illegal contribution from a foreign source.

It is critical to bear in mind that for campaign finance law purposes, a “suggestion” is just that: it need not for coordination purposes be a clearly articulated and documented request. In fact, the regulations of the FEC define a “suggestion” to include campaign “assent” to the offer of another, like the Russian government or its agents, to provide something of value to the campaign.

Consider, then, the view that Russians could reasonably take of the Trump campaign’s wishes. The President stated publicly that he would like to have the Russians locate the stolen emails. Mr. Smith, indicating in various ways association with General Flynn, launches an initiative focused on finding these communications. A Russian national with government connections is able to schedule a meeting with the most senior circle of the campaign by pledging that she had negative information about Mrs. Clinton. In various ways, public and private, the campaign is making its interest clear, and, at a minimum, it is “assenting” to Russian plans to unearth information that constitutes a clear “thing of value” from a foreign source to influence an election.

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