Victoria Bassetti

Victoria Bassetti

Victoria Bassetti is a Brennan Center contributor. She is the author of Electoral Dysfunction: A Survival Manual for American Voters,” published by The New Press in 2012.

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Matthew Whitaker, the new acting attorney general, arrived in classic Trumpian fashion: via tweet, unvetted for his current post, and awash in a brew of extreme opinions, conflicts of interest, corrupt intent, and disregard for the rule of law. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Views
Friday, November 09, 2018
Matthew Whitaker’s Appointment Threatens the Rule of Law
Matthew Whitaker, the new acting attorney general, arrived in classic Trumpian fashion: via tweet, unvetted for his current post, and awash in a brew of extreme opinions, conflicts of interest, corrupt intent, and disregard for the rule of law. Particularly troubling are his past comments on...
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Wednesday, September 05, 2018
Why Kavanaugh’s Paperwork Counts — and It’s Probably Not for the Reason You Think
It’s no surprise Democrats used the opening of the Supreme Court confirmation hearings of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to complain about documents. While such discussions may not send people pouring into the streets in protest, they’re worth taking at face value for an honorable reason: Appointing someone...
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Indeed, as far back as July, Trump mused about firing Mueller. In a New York Times interview, Trump was asked if he would fire the special counsel if he started looking at subjects unrelated to the Russia probe, such as his finances. Views
Tuesday, November 07, 2017
Will Whoever Fires Bob Mueller Please Turn Off the Lights
White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders says he won’t do it. Last Monday, she was asked : “Is the President going to rule out, once and for all, firing [Special Prosecutor] Robert Mueller.” “There's no intention or plan to make any changes in regards to the special counsel,” she replied...
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Sunday, May 14, 2017
Following the Money on Senate Russian Investigations
To special counsel, independent prosecute, special commission, select committee, or regular investigate, that is the question. As the constitutional crisis deepens in the wake of Tuesday’s firing of FBI Director James Comey, the quest to assure the public that Russian interference in the 2016...
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Thursday, August 11, 2016
Don't Be Fooled By Small Donations to Presidential Campaigns
Is $69 the new $27? When Bernie Sanders ended his run for the Democratic nomination, the small donor narrative seemed over for this presidential cycle. But last week, small donors roared back, reportedly fueling Donald Trump and the Republican National Committee’s huge July fundraising take. At a...
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Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Beware the Billionaire Gunslinger
With his blowsy hair, pinstripe suits, and brash New York attitude, Donald Trump resembles nothing so much as a gunslinging cowboy. Rick Perry may have presented himself as the real Westerner in the Republican presidential primary, but it’s the Donald’s campaign mythos that most closely resembles a...
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Friday, October 24, 2014
When It Comes To Torture, Silence Is Bipartisan
Torture politics makes for strange bedfellows. For those of you who think the Obama Administration doesn’t know how to work with Republicans, think again. North Carolina’s Republican Senator, Richard Burr, may soon be one of the Obama Administration’s best friends. Burr, now a member of the...
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