Trump Ethics

Foreign payments to Trump’s businesses are legally permitted, argues Justice Department“The U.S. Department of Justice argued Friday (June 9) that President Trump’s businesses are legally permitted to accept payments from foreign governments while he is in office, and thus Trump is not in violation of a constitutional clause barring the acceptance of emoluments. In a 70-page legal brief responding to a liberal watchdog group’s lawsuit, the administration said that market-rate payments for goods or services made to the president’s real estate, hotel and golf companies do not constitute emoluments as defined by the Constitution. Advocates from the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) brought the suit against Trump in January, shortly after he entered office. ” Washington Post

American Oversight’s “Evers is sending letters Monday to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the chief archivist at the National Archives and Records Administration, David Ferriero, asking them to investigate recent reports that administration officials and career government employees are using encrypted apps and other methods to conduct official business that violate the Presidential Records and Federal Records acts.”USA Today March 13, 2017

Group sues to access details of President Donald Trump’s border wall ,  June 16, 2017   “American Oversight’s lawsuit, filed Friday in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, accuses the Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protections, the Department of Interior and Office of Management and Budget of not responding to a dozen of its requests for information under the federal Freedom of Information Act.  “Two years after Donald Trump first announced that he was going to build a big, beautiful wall on the southern border from sea to shining sea, we still know next to nothing about that project, even though the administration is barreling ahead and making it a reality,” said Austin Evers, executive director of American Oversight.”