Morning Docket: 07.31.17


* After the spectacular failure that was the “skinny repeal” bill, President Trump has called for the filibuster to be abolished to prevent Senate Republicans from “look[ing] like fools.” Sorry, but a bipartisan majority has already opposed eliminating the filibuster for legislation, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has no desire to do away with it. [CBS News]

* “If we are not careful, when we wake up from the Trump presidency, our justice system may be broken beyond recognition.” Sally Yates, the former acting attorney general who refused to enforce President Trump’s travel ban, wrote an excellent op-ed piece for the newspaper of record on the need to protect the Justice Department — and the rule of law — from Trump. [New York Times]

* A preemptive congratulations? Word on the street is that Deputy White House counsel Gregory Katsas is currently leading the pack when it comes to consideration for the vacancy on the D.C. Circuit. As mentioned previously here at Above the Law by my colleague David Lat, “If Greg Katsas wants it, then he’ll probably get it” — and right about now, it seems like Greg Katsas wants it. [NPR]

* White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci’s expletive-laced public meltdown has people wondering what he was really like when he went to Harvard Law. Aside from the “leaked tapes” from Professor Laurence Tribe’s constitutional law class, we bet you didn’t know that Scaramucci once fouled President Obama on a basketball court before he graduated. []

* “Drain the swamp. Drain the sewer that is the DOJ. MAGA.” Jury deliberation begins today in Martin Shkreli’s fraud trial. Will the disgraced pharma bro be sent to jail for his alleged crimes, or will he be set free into the wilds of Manhattan to relish in his own douchebaggery? We suppose we’ll soon find out. Best of luck to Mr. Shkreli, as he may need it. [DealBook / New York Times]
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