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Ivanka Trump & Jared Kushner must divest, or recuse

We deserve public servants who serve ONLY the public -- and we can't trust government officials' decisions if their private wealth is involved. As formal members of the Trump administration, Ivanka Trump & her husband Jared Kushner are subject to the same conflict rules as everyone else -- they must either divest their assets and set up a blind trust, or recuse themselves from huge areas of the administration's’ agenda.
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"Lessons of Watergate" Panel: Watergate, Abuse of Power

March 15, 2013

The abuse of Presidential power uncovered 40 years ago tested the strength of our democracy. What happened during Watergate, why was it so important, and what was extraordinary about the response? Panelists shared their perspectives and first-hand accounts of their Watergate experiences, followed by discussion and Q & A. Featuring: � Moderator Tim Naftali - director, Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, 2007-2011 � Hon. Elizabeth Holtzman -- member, House Judiciary Committee during Watergate � Hon. William S. Cohen --member, House Judiciary Committee during Watergate � Jill Wine-Banks -- assistant special prosecutor, Watergate Task Force � Daniel Ellsberg -- military analyst, co-author of the Pentagon Papers This panel took place on March 13, 2013, during Common Cause's "The Lessons of Watergate" conference at the National Press Club. Visit http://www.commoncause.org/watergate for more info.

Abuse of Power Panel Highlights

June 16, 2008

5-minute highlight reel from a Common Cause-sponsored panel discussion on the abuse of power by the current administration and an agenda for recovery of our Constitution and our democracy

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Corrine Brown Betrayed Her Constituents Out of a Sense of Entitlement

December 4, 2017; Press Release, Status Update

The sentencing of former Congresswoman Corrine Brown today to 5 years in prison is not about misplaced trust by her, but misplaced trust by her District 5 constituency and all Floridians that her long career in Congress was in her own self-interest and not in service to them. Brown betrayed her constituents who sent her to Washington to represent their interests, not her own. The sense of entitlement that allowed Brown to participate in this fraud to enrich herself in the name of underprivileged children is extremely disappointing.

Flynn Plea an Encouraging Sign but Trump Administration Must Quit Obstructing the Investigation

December 1, 2017; Press Release, Status Update

The guilty plea of Michael Flynn to lesser charges is an encouraging sign that the investigation is continuing apace. The fact that he is not currently being charged with the rest of the laundry list of apparent violations that have come to light is a clear sign that he is cooperating with the Special Counsel’s investigation.

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New Report: “Putin, Trump and Democracy’s Slippery Slope Toward Oligarchy”

November 7, 2017

Today, Common Cause will release a new report - “Putin, Trump and Democracy’s Slippery Slope Toward Oligarchy”- that examines Russia’s attacks on the 2016 presidential election, the continuing threats to our democracy and solutions to address these threats. It also examines how the campaign and Administration of Donald Trump have harnessed our system’s weaknesses to their political and personal benefit.

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