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From Emoluments to "Alternative Facts," Trump off to a Rough Start

The new President is sending troubling signals on democracy issues

Americans Concerned About Trump's Ethics as Inauguration Approaches

As President-elect Trump prepares to take office, new polls show the public is uneasy about his ethics and about three-fourths of Americans want him to release his tax returns

Trump Conflicts of Interest May Violate Emoluments Clause

Bush and Obama Attorneys are warning that Emoluments Clause violations are unavoidable if President-elect Donald Trump does not divest of his assets and create a true blind trust prior to taking office. The memo is written by Richard Painter and Norman Eisen White House Ethics Czars from the Administrations of George W. Bush and Barack Obama and noted constitutional scholar Laurence Tribe.

Trump, the Ultimate Apprentice

President-elect Donald Trump's deal to serve as executive producer of "The Celebrity Apprentice" raises legal, ethical and constitutional questions.

Trump Business Conflicts of Interest Are Very Real Regardless of What He Believes

Americans expect their President to be completely above reproach on ethics and transparency, and to put the business of the nation first. Donald Trump’s actions and rhetoric to date have been tone deaf to legitimate concerns raised about the myriad ways his business empire raises serious conflict of interest problems during the transition, as well as when he takes office. The President-elect has made a series of troubling statements stating that president cannot have conflicts of interest.

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