POLITICO Playbook Power Briefing: Supreme Court: Government needs a warrant to collect cell data
ANOTHER BIG SUPREME COURT DECISION … NYT’S ADAM LIPTAK: “Defending Privacy, Supreme Court Says Warrants Generally Are Necessary to Collect Cell Phone Data”: “In a major statement on privacy in the digital age, the Supreme Court ruled on Friday that the government generally needs a warrant to collect troves of location data about the customers of cellphone companies.
“‘We decline to grant the state unrestricted access to a wireless carrier’s database of physical location information,’ Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. wrote for the majority. The 5-to-4 decision has implications for all kinds of personal information held by third parties, including email and text messages, internet searches, and bank and credit card records. But Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., writing for the majority, said the ruling was limited.
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“‘We hold only that a warrant is required in the rare case where the suspect has a legitimate privacy interest in records held by a third party,’ the chief justice wrote. The court’s four more liberal members — Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen G. Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan — joined his opinion.” https://nyti.ms/2tjHY15
JOSH GERSTEIN: “Chief Justice John Roberts joined four Democratic appointees in the decision, continuing an expansion by the Roberts court of privacy rights in a digital age.” https://politi.co/2KbtzKM
Good Friday afternoon. SPOTTED: TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY ELAINE CHAO this morning on an American Airlines flight from DCA to White Plains.
VP MIKE PENCE is going to Pennsylvania Saturday to campaign for Rep. Keith Rothfus (R-Pa.) and then to South Carolina to campaign for Gov. Henry McMaster.
WHERE IS STEPHEN MILLER? — NANCY COOK: “White House aide Miller targeted in backlash over family separations”: “Stephen Miller, the architect of President Donald Trump’s hard-line immigration policies, was noticeably absent from public view this week as the White House first vociferously defended and then caved on separating migrant children from their parents.
“That wasn’t an accident. Among White House insiders, there is a sense that the president’s senior adviser for policy is a bad front man for the issue he’s most passionate about. Miller stayed entirely out of the spotlight during days of mounting political pressure, though behind the scenes he visited Capitol Hill on Tuesday night along with Trump to sell House Republicans on immigration legislation. …
“It’s hard to overstate Miller’s influence on the administration’s positions on immigration, according to interviews with a dozen current and former administration officials and Republicans close to the White House. Immediately after signing his executive order Wednesday suspending family separation at the border, Trump took his former campaign speechwriter-turned-immigration czar along for the ride on Air Force One to a rally in Minnesota.
“But the backlash over the policy has opened cracks in Miller’s support network on Capitol Hill and among Republicans both inside and outside the White House, who have viewed the separation of migrant families as a huge political and policy misstep for the White House — and, for some, as a moral lapse.” https://politi.co/2tvtquy
WHAT’S ON PRESIDENT TRUMP’S MIND (@realDonaldTrump) at 9:30 a.m.: “80% of Mexico’s Exports come to the United States. They totally rely on us, which is fine with me. They do have, though, very strong Immigration Laws. The U.S. has pathetically weak and ineffective Immigration Laws that the Democrats refuse to help us fix. Will speak to Mexico!” …
… at 9:43 a.m.: “We must maintain a Strong Southern Border. We cannot allow our Country to be overrun by illegal immigrants as the Democrats tell their phony stories of sadness and grief, hoping it will help them in the elections. Obama and others had the same pictures, and did nothing about it!” …
… at 10:10 a.m.: “Hope OPEC will increase output substantially. Need to keep prices down!” …
… at 10:25 a.m.: “Based on the Tariffs and Trade Barriers long placed on the U.S. and it great companies and workers by the European Union, if these Tariffs and Barriers are not soon broken down and removed, we will be placing a 20% Tariff on all of their cars coming into the U.S. Build them here!”
SOME CONTEXT — ADAM BEHSUDI: “The president has become fixated on automotive trade, viewing it as a major irritant between the U.S. and its trading partners in Asia and Europe. The threat comes after Trump directed the Commerce Department to launch an investigation into whether imports of foreign autos were a risk to U.S. national security and should be subject to tariffs or other trade restrictions.
“Trump‘s tweet also comes the same day the EU imposed tariffs on U.S. products, ranging from Kentucky bourbon to Harley-Davidson motorcycles, in retaliation against U.S. tariffs on imports of European steel and aluminum.” https://politi.co/2tqXB64
— “Chinese media says US has ‘delusions’ as impact of trade war spreads,” by Reuters’ Ben Blanchard and David Stanway: “U.S. protectionism is self-defeating and a ‘symptom of paranoid delusions’ that must not distract China from its path to modernization, Chinese media said on Friday as Beijing kept up with its war of words with Washington while markets wilted.” https://reut.rs/2KdagEk
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THE LATEST ON IMMIGRATION — “Trump betrays House Republicans on immigration,” by Rachael Bade and Louis Nelson: “Trump undercut his party’s plans Friday, telling them to wait until after the midterm elections to act. ‘Republicans should stop wasting their time on Immigration until after we elect more Senators and Congressmen/women in November,’ the president wrote on Twitter. ‘Dems are just playing games, have no intention of doing anything to solves this decades old problem. We can pass great legislation after the Red Wave!’
“The tweet puts Ryan in a serious bind. To stave off a discharge petition from moderate Republicans and Democrats, the Wisconsin Republican promised the centrists that he’d give them a vote on some sort of bill they could support. If Ryan listens to Trump and cancels the vote, moderates will be furious.”
“But if Ryan schedules the vote, the result could be catastrophic. GOP members who thought they could support the bill have already started telling leadership that they will no longer vote for it. They simply cannot go up against the president, they say.” https://politi.co/2yyDDMD
— “Dems seek info about Virginia facility after abuse claims,” by AP’s Michael Biesecker: “Virginia’s two Democratic senators asked the Trump administration Friday for answers about operations at a juvenile detention facility in the state where immigrant children said they were bound, beaten and isolated in solitary confinement.
“Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine sent to the head of the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement questions about the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center. The Associated Press reported Thursday that six Latino teens had made sworn statements detailing severe abuse they said they endured between 2015 and 2018, under both the Obama and Trump administrations. In court filings, lawyers for the detention facility have denied all allegations of physical abuse.