Transparent Procedures about the President’s Tax Returns

As we explained earlier this week, post-Watergate reforms to the Internal Revenue Code declared taxpayer’s tax returns and related information confidential.  Disclosure of confidential taxpayer information is the exception and is prohibited except for enumerated, limited purposes and situations that are “authorized by statute.”  Even when disclosure is statutorily authorized, […]

DOJ IG Agrees to Review Conflict of Interest in FBI Hillary Clinton Investigation

Yesterday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that he would recuse himself from any investigation into President Donald Trump’s election campaign.  That was the right decision to make.  The Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”) must remain clear of all appearances of impropriety.  All DOJ investigations should […]

The Press and the President’s Tax Returns

All this month The Atlantic, along with many other publications, reported that the House Ways and Means Committee took up a request by one of its Democratic members to obtain President Trump’s tax returns by invoking a venerable provision of the federal Tax Code. In the time since Congressman Bill […]

Bob Bauer Agrees With Us About Commissioner Weintraub, But Doesn’t Want to Do Anything About It

Does the rule of law matter and should government officials abide by the ethical obligations that govern them?  Robert Bauer, former White House Counsel for President Obama, answers: “Not so much.” On Tuesday, in furtherance of its mission to hold our government accountable, Cause of Action Institute (“CoA Institute”) sent […]

Did FEC Commissioner Misuse Her Position When She Demanded Proof of Trump’s N.H. Voter Fraud Claim?

Washington D.C. – Cause of Action Institute (“CoA Institute”) today called for an investigation into whether Federal Election Commission (“FEC”) Commissioner Ellen Weintraub violated federal ethics laws when she demanded President Trump provide evidence of his voter fraud claims in New Hampshire. Commissioner Weintraub used government property and official time […]

Doing the Time Without Doing the Crime

Imagine that you are the CEO of large food producer, and you are notified out of the blue that your company is responsible for a salmonella outbreak possibly affecting thousands of people around the country.  If I were that CEO, I would be worried for those who were affected and […]

The Twitter Presidency: Records, Ethics, and Legal Implications (a Series)

President Donald Trump has harnessed the power of social media, particularly via Twitter using his @realDonaldTrump account, in a way not contemplated by traditional political and policy strategies. For the first time in history, a president not only has the means to communicate to the public directly, unfiltered, and in […]