Norman Eisen

Norman Eisen

Norman Eisen is chairman and co-founder of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) and a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution. He served as chief ethics lawyer for President Obama and later as U.S. ambassador to the Czech Republic.

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"The memo, written by Congressman Devin Nunes and barreling toward public circulation at the president’s discretion, has already created a firestorm, and it is not even out yet." (Photo: AP) Views
Thursday, February 01, 2018
Trump’s Saturday Night Massacre Is Happening Right Before Our Eyes
The FBI issued an extraordinary statement on Wednesday, pushing back on the release of a partisan congressional memo alleging the bureau used improper evidence to obtain legal permission to surveil a Trump campaign adviser. We’ve never seen anything like it. “[T]he FBI was provided a limited...
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As the Supreme Court has acknowledged in discussing the Freedom of Information Act, an “informed citizenry” is “vital to the functioning of a democratic society” and “needed to check against corruption and to hold the governors accountable to the governed.” Views
Thursday, September 28, 2017
Kushner’s Use of Personal Email is No Minor Error
The new revelations of widespread use of personal email for official business by Jared Kushner and five other White House advisers are no minor indiscretion. Rather, they represent the latest episode in a critical systems failure in the Trump presidency — one that strikes at the heart of our...
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Friday, August 11, 2017
Firing Mueller Would Be a Catastrophic Mistake
On October 20, 1973, President Richard Nixon executed the infamous "Saturday Night Massacre" in which Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox was fired and the special prosecutor's office was shut down. Anational firestorm ensued. Less than two weeks later, the President was forced to appoint a...
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Friday, May 12, 2017
Firing Comey Is Worse Than Breaking a Law
If President Trump’s shockingly sudden firing of FBI Director James Comey had violated some statute or constitutional provision, our judicial branch could easily have remedied that misstep. What the president did was worse. It was a challenge to the very premises of our system of checks and...
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Saturday, April 15, 2017
Trump's Taxes Must be Released Before Tax Reform
Many of us will fork over up to a third of our income to pay federal taxes this year and as much as half of our income in federal, state and local taxes combined. We only ask a few things in return. First, a government that spends our money wisely and does not succumb to government contractors and...
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Monday, April 03, 2017
Ethics Laws Will Sideline Jared and Ivanka
We now have information on the assets and income of two of President Trump’s closest relatives and most intimate advisers, thanks to Friday night’s White House dump of financial disclosure forms. But Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump have so many potential conflicts of interest that if they abide by...
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Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Trump's Unprecedented War on Ethics
The government watchdog organization we help lead called upon the White House last week to investigate whether one of its senior officials, Christopher Liddell, violated ethics laws through acting in his official capacity to benefit his personal investments. We wish this were an isolated incident...
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Monday, February 06, 2017
The Ethics Case Against Betsy DeVos
As former ethics counsels to Presidents Obama and George W. Busy, we’ve reviewed more than our share of ethics filings for cabinet nominees. Seldom have we seen a worse cabinet-level ethics mess than that presented by Betsy DeVos, President Trump’s choice for education secretary. Her extensive...
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