Ian Eppler  //  4/16/17  //  Topic Update

The Government Accountability Office will investigate President Trump’s transition, with a particular focus on spending, financial disclosure, and communications with foreign governments (Wash Post).

President Trump’s numerous conflicts hurt America’s credibility in the world, argues Andy Kroll and Russ Chuma at Mother Jones.

The Trump Organization has been filing trademark applications at an increased rate since Trump’s election in November (NYT).

Paul Manafort created a shell company that received $13 million in loans from companies with ties to Trump, the same day he resigned from the Trump campaign after controversy over his financial dealings in Ukraine (NYT).

Kellyanne Conway's personal connections to anti-abortion groups may result in "ready access" to Trump (Rewire).

The Government Accountability Office has initiated an investigation of conflicts of interests during President Trump’s transition (The Hill).

  • The letter from the GAO is here.

A new lawsuit is demanding the public release of the log of visitors to the White House and President Trump’s homes in New York and Florida (Politico).

  • Read the complaint here.

Overhauling the tax code gives Democrats the chance to bring up President Trump’s refusal to release his tax returns and to press for details of how his business deals are financed, notes the New York Times.

The NYT graphs the array of conflicts of interest facing the Trump Presidency.

Joshua Kushner, the liberal brother of Jared Kushner and founder of Thrive Capital, has found himself doing a post-election damage control tour disclaiming any personal ties to the administration, reports Steve Bertoni at Forbes.

State bars should have a limited role in disciplining Trump Administration officials accused of lying, argues Charlie Gerstein at Take Care.


Updates | The Week of January 22, 2018

1/28/18  //  Daily Update

President Trump reportedly asked Andrew McCabe how he voted in the 2016 presidential election while McCabe was under consideration as James Comey's temporary replacement at the FBI.

Update | The Week of November 27, 2017

12/4/17  //  Daily Update

Despite President Trump's denials, the tax bill would certainly benefit him.

Jeffrey Stein

Columbia Law School