Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics

  • Donald Trump Mar 4, 2019

    Democrats Ramp Up Trump Investigations

    The House Judiciary Committee requested documents from 81 entities connected to President Donald Trump in a new sweeping investigation into the 45th administration. The investigation will delve into three areas; Obstruction of Justice, Public Corruption, and abuses of power. All three which could lay the groundwork for impeachment proceedings.

  • Donald Trump Sep 13, 2019

    Appeals Court Revives Suit Against Trump Over Business Ties

    A lawsuit by restaurant workers and a prominent restaurateur and hotelier who say President Donald Trump has business conflicts that violate the Constitution was restored Friday by a federal appeals court after a judge on a lower court dismissed it. A three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan, on a 2-1 vote, rejected a judge’s...

  • Donald Trump Jul 23, 2019

    Betsy DeVos and Family See Profits Soar After Trump Tax Reform Bill, Deregulation Efforts

    Business leaders and their companies have profited royally off of President Donald Trump’s pro-business policies. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and her family are among the groups that have seen an income boon of millions through their own investments since Trump’s tax reform plan was signed, according to her latest annual financial disclosure report.

  • Donald Trump Mar 15, 2019

    Admissions Scandal Unfolds Amid Cynicism About Moral Values

    In some ways, the college-admissions bribery scheme newly revealed by federal prosecutors seemed almost inevitable. Ethics experts say Americans these days are barraged with accounts of corruption, greed and amoral behavior to the point that many likely wonder, “Why should I play by the rules?”

  • Congress Mar 12, 2019

    50 Charged in College Entrance Bribery Scam

    Wealthy parents are accused of paying bribes as part of a scheme to guarantee admissions for their children at elite schools.

  • Donald Trump Feb 28, 2019

    Senate Confirms Acting EPA Chief Andrew Wheeler for Permanent Role

    The Senate on Thursday confirmed former coal industry lobbyist Andrew Wheeler to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, despite concerns by Democrats and one Republican about regulatory rollbacks he’s made in eight months as the agency’s acting chief. Senators voted 52-47 to confirm Wheeler, who was nominated by President Donald Trump after former administrator Scott Pruitt resigned last year amid a...

  • Donald Trump Nov 2, 2018

    Justice Lawyers Fail to Halt Trump Financial Records Release

    A federal judge denied the Justice Department’s efforts to halt legal proceedings in a case accusing President Donald Trump of violating the U.S. Constitution — opening the door for Trump’s critics to soon gain access to financial records related to his Washington, D.C., hotel. Trump has been fighting multiple lawsuits that argue that foreign representatives’ spending money at the Trump...

  • Donald Trump Nov 2, 2018

    Ex-CIA Contractor Gets 90 Days for Retaining Secret Info

    A former CIA contractor was sentenced Friday to 90 days in jail for unauthorized retention of classified materials at a hearing that shed little light on his motives. Reynaldo Regis, 54, of Fort Washington, Maryland, had been seeking probation at his sentencing hearing in federal court in Alexandria. His lawyers pointed to probation sentences received by retired Gen. David Petraeus...

  • Donald Trump Jul 4, 2018

    White House Tweets Draw Ire Over Their Political Content

    The White House is using its official Twitter handle to target Democratic lawmakers who have criticized President Donald Trump’s immigration policies, drawing complaints that government resources are being used to undercut potential 2020 presidential rivals. The White House Twitter handle, which has more than 17.3 million followers, falsely accused California Sen. Kamala Harris on Monday of “supporting the animals of...

  • Donald Trump Jun 8, 2018

    Dem Lawmakers Seek Criminal Corruption Probe of EPA’s Pruitt

    House Democrats on Friday formally requested that the Justice Department investigate Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt for potential criminal conduct. In a letter to FBI Director Chris Wray and Justice criminal division chief John Cronan, six Democratic lawmakers with oversight of Pruitt’s agency allege he repeatedly violated federal anti-corruption laws by seeking to leverage his government position for personal...

  • Donald Trump Jun 8, 2018

    Dem Lawmakers Seek Criminal Corruption Probe of EPA’s Pruitt

    House Democrats on Friday formally requested that the Justice Department investigate Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt for potential criminal conduct. In a letter to FBI Director Chris Wray and Justice criminal division chief John Cronan, six Democratic lawmakers with oversight of Pruitt’s agency allege he repeatedly violated federal anti-corruption laws by seeking to leverage his government position for personal...

  • Donald Trump May 4, 2018

    Fact Check: Stormy Daniels’ Payment Q&A

    In a series of early morning tweets on May 3, President Donald Trump acknowledged for the first time that he reimbursed his personal attorney for the $130,000 payment that was made to porn star Stormy Daniels. Still, there are many unanswered questions about the payment — which was made less than two weeks before the 2016 presidential election — and...

  • Donald Trump Mar 15, 2018

    Mueller Subpoenas Trump Organization for Russia Docs: Report

    Special counsel Robert Mueller has issued a subpoena to the Trump Organization for documents related to Russia and other areas, The New York Times reported Thursday. NBC News reported that the White House referred questions to the Trump Organization. An organization lawyer called the report “old news” in a statement. “Since July 2017, we have advised the public that the...

  • Donald Trump Mar 29, 2018

    Judge Rejects Trial Demand in Stormy Daniels Case

    A porn star who said she had an affair with President Donald Trump and is suing so she can discuss the alleged relationship can’t have a jury trial or question the president under oath because the request is premature, a federal judge in Los Angeles ruled Thursday. Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, had been seeking to invalidate...

  • Donald Trump Mar 28, 2018

    Attorney in Stormy Daniels Case Seeks to Depose Trump and His Attorney

    An attorney for adult film actress Stormy Daniels, who says she had sex with Donald Trump in 2006, has filed a motion seeking a deposition from the president and his attorney, Michael Cohen, in their ongoing dispute about a non-disclosure agreement. The filing, submitted Tuesday by attorney Michael Avenatti, also seeks a jury trial for the case and for her...

  • Donald Trump Mar 26, 2018

    A Look at the Legal Issues Surrounding Payment to Porn Star Stormy Daniels

    In her widely watched “60 Minutes” interview, porn star Stormy Daniels explained why she accepted a $130,000 payment she says was intended to keep her silent about her sexual encounter with Donald Trump in 2006. Trump has denied the affair, through his representatives. But his lawyer, Michael Cohen, has said he paid Daniels $130,000 out of his own pocket days...

  • Donald Trump Feb 26, 2018

    Trump Organization: Hotel Profits From Foreign Governments Donated to Treasury

    A Trump Organization executive said Monday that the company has donated profits from foreign government patrons at its hotel properties to the U.S. Treasury, but he wouldn’t say how much. Executive Vice President and Chief Compliance Counsel George Sorial said in a statement that the donation was made on Feb. 22 and includes profits from Jan. 20 through Dec. 31,...

  • Donald Trump Mar 9, 2018

    Jersey Shore Town Seeks Ferry to Dock Next to Kushner Resort

    The federal government has been advising a beach town on the Jersey Shore on plans to build a pier and start a ferry service that would speed New Yorkers to the doorstep of a resort co-owned by Jared Kushner. Kushner’s resort sits right next to the proposed pier, which places the federal government in the awkward position of helping steer...

  • Donald Trump Dec 21, 2017

    Judge Tosses Emoluments Clause Lawsuit Against Trump Over Business Ties

    Restaurant workers, a hotel event booker and a watchdog group who say President Donald Trump has business conflicts that violate the Constitution cannot sue him, a New York judge ruled Thursday. U.S. District Judge George Daniels said it was too soon for the lawsuit to be considered by the courts, particularly because Congress had not considered the issue.

  • Donald Trump Oct 4, 2017

    UN Ambassador Nikki Haley Reprimanded For Political Tweet

    U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley has been reprimanded for violating a law limiting government employees’ political activity by voicing support for a South Carolina congressional candidate. Last week, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel notified Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington it had issued a warning letter to the former South Carolina governor but would pursue no further action. A...

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