Groups Inform AG Sessions that Federal Regulations Require His Recusal from Investigations Regarding Russia’s Intervention in 2016 Election and Flynn’s Activities

  In a letter sent to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, 25 organizations and individuals, including those with legal and ethics expertise, called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to promptly recuse himself from all Department of Justice investigations and actions regarding: – any interactions between President Donald Trump, his campaign staff or other individuals supporting his …

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Groups Urge Senators to Support Disclosure Bill to Address Trump’s Emoluments Clause Problems Relating to Trade Activities

  In a letter sent today to senators, a group of 18 organizations and individuals with expertise in governance issues strongly urged senators to support and cosponsor the Presidential Trade Transparency Act of 2017. The Act, sponsored by Sen. Ron Wyden and other senators, would require a president to disclose his foreign income, assets and liabilities …

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AG Sessions Must Recuse Himself from Investigation into Russia’s 2016 Campaign Intervention and Flynn’s Activities

  Statement of Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer Attorney General Jeff Sessions must recuse himself from the investigation being conducted by the FBI and intelligence agencies into Russia’s intervention into our 2016 presidential campaign and into the activities of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. Sessions has no justifiable basis to participate in these investigations …

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Fred Wertheimer for Huffington Post: “Flynn Scandal is First of Many Trump Presidency Will Have”

  The unfolding scandal involving National Security Adviser Michael Flynn is just the first of many scandals we can expect from the Trump presidency. President Trump’s stubborn refusal to follow the lead of his predecessors for the past four decades and dispose of the ownership of his global business enterprises has created intolerable conflicts of …

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Reform Groups File Amicus Brief Defending Law Limiting Corrupt ‘Soft-Money’ Contributions to State and Local Parties

  Democracy 21 joined with Public Citizen and the Campaign Legal Center in filing an amicus curiae brief in the U.S. Supreme Court defending the constitutionality of contribution limits to state and local parties used for federal electioneering purposes, established by the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (BCRA). Before BCRA’s enactment, state parties could use unlimited …

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Reform Groups Oppose Efforts by House Admin Committee to Terminate Presidential Public Financing & EAC

In a letter sent today to members of the House Administration Committee, a group of 43 organizations and individuals with expertise in governance issues strongly opposed bills being considered tomorrow by the committee to terminate the Presidential Election Campaign Fund and the Election Assistance Commission (EAC).  (See below for a full list of the signers of …

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Reform Groups and Individuals with Governance Expertise Challenge Priebus’ “Highly Inappropriate” Attempt to Intimidate OGE Director

  In a letter sent today to Reince Priebus, incoming White House chief of staff, a group of nineteen organizations and individuals with governance expertise challenged Priebus’ comments as “highly inappropriate and an obvious effort to intimidate” the director of the Office of Government Ethics, Walter Shaub. The signers of the letter included Richard Painter, …

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Fred Wertheimer – Trump Today Sets Very Dangerous Path for Himself and for the Country

  President-elect Trump today has set a very dangerous path for himself and for the country. President-elect Trump’s press conference today establishes that he will maintain ultimate ownership of his business empire. This approach is bound to result in serious conflicts of interest and appearances of conflicts for his presidency. Conflicts of interest, furthermore, can …

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POLITICO: “5 Ways You’ll Know if Trump Is Playing by the Rules”

According to Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer: The five questions posed in this op-ed provide the basis for determining whether President-elect Trump effectively addresses his conflicts of interest and Emoluments Clause problems, or whether dangerous problems lie ahead for Trump’s presidency and the country. According to a new Quinnipiac Poll, “roughly two-thirds, 66 percent, say …

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