Update | Week of October 30, 2017
More than half of Senate-confirmed appointees in the Trump Administration have a notable conflict of interest. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross's filings raise new questions about conflicts of interest.
Updates | The Week of October 23, 2017
Considerable controversy ensued over a $300 million contract to repair Puerto Rico's power grid awarded to a tiny for-profit company based in Interior Secretary Zinke's small Montana hometown.
Tax Consequences of Legal Defense Funds
President Trump and a number of his associates have established legal defense funds (LDFs) in connection with various Congressional investigations. What rules govern these LDFs?
Updates | The Week of October 2, 2017
Reports revealed that a political donation to the New York District Attorney may have thwarted a 2012 felony fraud indictment against Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump, Jr. Controversy continued to rage over administration officials' use of private and military aircraft.
Versus Trump: So, Can California Really Do That?
On this week’s episode of Versus Trump, Charlie and Jason discuss a recently-passed bill awaiting the signature of California Governor Jerry Brown that, if signed into law, would require presidential candidates to disclose five years of federal of tax returns in order to appear on the ballot in California. Jason and Charlie ask each other whether California has the constitutional power to do that, and, if so, whether it's a good idea. Listen now!
Updates | The Week of September 25, 2017
Controversy continued over senior administration officials' use of private aircraft at taxpayers' expense. Supreme Court Justice Gorsuch's speech at the Trump International Hotel sparked backlash.
Conflict of Interest Isn’t a Game
When Trump makes claims about conflicts of interest without any reference to the applicable rules, he's just shooting squid ink.
Versus Trump: A Gadfly Suit + Leah Litman
On a new episode of Versus Trump, Take Care's podcast, Easha, Jason, and Charlie discuss a lawsuit against the President that's been brought by a D.C. gadfly who claims that Trump did not provide sufficient detail on the financial disclosure form he submitted as a candidate. Then, Easha talks with Leah Litman about the status of the Muslim ban litigation and the role of oral advocacy in this and other high-profile cases. Listen now!
Versus Trump: "What About Congress? + Steven Wu"
On a new episode of Versus Trump, Take Care's podcast, Easha, Jason, and Charlie discuss Congress's role and powers in investigations of the Executive. Then, Jason talks with Steven Wu, a Deputy Solicitor General in the Office of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, about the case against Trump University, the active role of states in recent years, and other issues in which New York is adverse to the President. Listen now!
GSA, Trump International Hotel, and the Constitution
Yesterday, the General Services Agency surprised experts by declaring that the Trump Hotel in D.C. is not in violation of its lease. But the GSA's decision itself might well violate the Domestic Emoluments Clause.
DeVos Gives Accountability the Boot
Education Secretary Betsy DeDos has jettisoned memos that hold student loan services accountable for past performance. That hurts everyone except her buddies in the loan servicing industry.
The Comey Affair And Evidence Of Motive
The Comey affair underscores that decisionmakers must look beyond the administration’s “official” documents to determine the administration’s motives.
The (Other) Dark Side Of The Comey Affair
James Comey’s firing threatens more than just the rule-of-law norm against self-investigation. It also threatens the rule-of-law norm against politically motivated policing and prosecutions.
Updates | The Week of August 21, 2017
The President’s allies are seeing lucrative benefits for their support. Meanwhile, the Secret Service has already exhausted the agency’s budget for protecting the President’s extensive circle of family and aides.
Updates | The Week of March 27, 2017
As Ivanka Trump expands her role in the White House, Senators call to ensure she complies with all ethics laws. President Trump's nominee to lead the FDA has reported receiving millions of dollars from large drug makers in recent years.
Updates | The Week of April 24, 2017
Conflicts of interest occupied the spotlight this week as watchdog groups raised concerns about Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump. Former Trump campaign staffers are using their positions to attract foreign lobbying contracts.
Updates | The Week of May 8, 2017
Jared Kushner's sister's comments at an event in China offering visas in return for investments raised eyebrows this week. A member of Congress has requested information regarding Kellyanne Conway's business relationships.
Updates | The Week of June 19, 2017
The Administration's hiring of Lynne Patton, a former wedding planner for the Trump family, raises conflict of interest concerns.
Updates | The Week of March 20, 2017
The Government Services Agency sided with Trump Hotel in Washington, D.C. on allegations that it was in violation of its lease. Meanwhile, President Trump's nominees and advisors face conflicts criticism of their own.
Updates | The Week of July 10, 2017
The Trump Administration had a strained relationship with Walter Shaub, former head of the Office of Government Ethics. This is unsurprising given the President's and other administration officials' investments.
Updates | The Week of July 17, 2017
The former director of the Office of Government Ethics called for significant ethics reforms. Bank regulators are reviewing loans President Trump received from Deutsche Bank.
Updates | The Week of May 29, 2017
Jared Kushner's company used a federal loan program intended to subsidize low-income housing to build a luxury residential building, and the Administration released its ethics waivers online.
Updates | The Week of June 5, 2017
The Office of Government Ethics plans to investigate the waivers granted to lobbyists and industry officials to enable them to work at the Trump White House.
Updates | The Week of July 3, 2017
The Director of the Office of Government Ethics resigned this week. The Trump Organization renewed domain names for prospective Russian business ventures.
Updates | The Week of April 3, 2017
President Trump's financial disclosure forms have garnered a lot of criticism. Jared Kushner's role in the White House and his relationship with Chinese officials has also been the subject of scrutiny.
Updates | The Week of June 12, 2017
Special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating Jared Kushner. The latest episode of Versus Trump podcast discusses President Trump's violations of the Ethics In Government Act.