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Groups Inform AG Sessions that Federal Regulations Require His Recusal from Investigation of Russia’s Intervention in the 2016 Presidential Election

February 17, 2017

In a letter sent today to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, 25 organizations and individuals, including those with legal and ethics expertise, called on the Attorney General to promptly recuse himself from all Department of Justice investigations and actions regarding Russia's intervention in the 2016 election

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Common Cause Urges Rep. Chaffetz to Investigate Rampant Conflicts of Interest & Ethics Violations in Trump White House

February 10, 2017

Common Cause is urging House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) to investigate rampant conflicts of interest, apparent violations of the Constitution’s emoluments clause, and ethics violations by President Trump, his staff, and his family. The letter encourages Rep. Chaffetz to hold a series of hearings to investigate and ensure that President Trump is in compliance with the law and putting the interests of the American people before his own personal financial interests.

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Trump Administration Should Be Investigating and Retaliating Against Russian Hacking, Not Just Adjusting Sanctions

February 2, 2017

Free and fair elections are the keystone of our democracy and Americans expect their President to defend those elections. Today’s move by the Trump Administration to adjust sanctions against Russia may have been routine, but it is very troubling that this is the first action toward Russia in the wake of overwhelming evidence presented by the Director of National Intelligence on Russian hacking of U.S. elections which must be fully investigated and punished.

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Trump “Two for One” Regulations Gimmick is Ill-Conceived, Unnecessary, and Dangerous

January 31, 2017

The Trump Administration’s recent Executive Order (EO) on regulations is ill-conceived, unnecessary, and dangerous. The Executive Orders lack meaningful specificity, leaving consumers, advocates and policy makers in the dark. The EO’s “two for one” provision creates an arbitrary mandate to undo time-tested safeguards. Moreover, the “regulatory budget” binds the hands of the policy experts in government who use the best data available to fashion rules in the public interest.

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Immigration Ban, Reported Defiance of Court Orders Necessitates Additional Hearings before Jeff Sessions’ A.G. Vote

January 30, 2017

Common Cause calls on the United States Senate to delay a Judiciary Committee vote and hold additional hearings on the nomination of Jeff Sessions to serve as Attorney General in the wake of the executive order on immigration and the Trump Administration’s reported refusal to comply with federal court orders blocking full enforcement of the ban on constitutional and federal legal grounds.

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In Opposition to Sessions Nomination, Common Cause Activists Deliver Petitions to Senate Offices from Alaska to Florida

January 24, 2017

Today, Common Cause activists in a dozen states are delivering petitions urging their U.S. Senators to vote against the nomination of Sen. Jefferson Beauregard “Jeff” Sessions III (R-AL) to serve as U.S. Attorney General. For decades, Sen. Sessions has been an outspoken critic of the Voting Rights Act, one of the nation’s most critical pieces of civil and voting rights legislation, which paved the way for an inclusive democracy. As Attorney General, Sessions would be charged with deciding how and when to enforce the Voting Rights Act, which he has repeatedly condemned as an “intrusive piece of legislation.” The Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to vote today to send the nomination forward to a vote of the full Senate in the coming weeks.

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Trump Conflict Plan Woefully Inadequate

January 11, 2017

President-elect Trump’s planned arrangement with the Trump Organization falls far short of what’s necessary to avoid conflicts of interest and Emoluments Clause violations that will dog his administration and severely undermine the public’s faith in government. 

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