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Biden DOJ Is Still Advancing Trump Positions, New Data Shows

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Well over a year after President Biden’s inauguration, his administration continues to defend and advance Trump-era legal positions, according to an updated analysis released by the Revolving Door Project today. RDP’s long-running litigation tracker, documenting court cases in which the Biden administration has inherited and chosen to advance Trump-era legal positions, has been brought up-to-date to include new instances where the legal advocacy of Merrick Garland’s Justice Department on environmental, immigration, education, and other issues runs counter to the administration’s commitments. 

Trump’s Justice Department made a mockery of the law. Its arguments were owed none of the usual deference when Biden took office. Though many Trump-era DOJ appointees and some Trump-era policies have been replaced in the past sixteen months, Biden’s DOJ continues to advance Trump-era legal arguments in a disturbing number of cases.

Revolving Door Project Researcher Hannah Story Brown said: “One third of the way through Biden’s presidency, it’s becoming clear how long a shadow the Biden administration is willing to let Trump-era legal positions cast. Biden and Garland’s adherence to an outdated and often breached norm of consistency between Attorneys General is undermining this administration’s deepest commitments even as Trump’s judicial appointees continue to shred legal norms and sabotage democracy.”

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The Revolving Door Project (RDP), a project of the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR), scrutinizes executive branch appointees to ensure they use their office to serve the broad public interest, rather than to entrench corporate power or seek personal advancement.

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