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Congress Must Hold Former White House Counsel Don McGahn in Contempt

Congress must hold former White House Counsel Don McGahn in contempt. McGahn’s refusal to testify is in deliberate defiance of a House Judiciary Committee subpoena, and he, and the White House, must be held to account. The Committee must move expeditiously to issue a contempt citation and the full House must follow suit in short order.

Money & Influence 05.15.2019

Trump Super PAC Endorsement Lays Bare Illegal Operation of Trump’s Outside Groups

Donald Trump’s official endorsement of the super PAC America First Action as the sole “approved” outside group of the President fully validates Common Cause’s 2018 Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Election Commission (FEC) complaints that the President and the groups are violating federal campaign finance laws. Donald Trump’s official endorsement of the super PAC America First Action as the sole “approved” outside group of the President fully validates Common Cause’s 2018 Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Election Commission (FEC) complaints that the President and the groups are violating federal campaign finance laws. Today, Common Cause supplemented its original complaints to include President Trump’s illegal solicitation of funds for the super PAC.

White House Stonewalling on Subpoenas Merits Contempt of Congress Citations

Congress is a coequal branch of government whether President Trump likes it or not. When the Administration refuses to comply with subpoenas, Congress must fulfill its oversight responsibilities through contempt citations if necessary. Attorney General William Barr’s conduct related to the release of the Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report has been reprehensible to date and the Department of Justice’s stonewalling and refusal to release the unredacted report and the underlying evidence to Congress by his department must be checked. The full House should quickly follow the Judiciary Committee’s lead and vote to issue a contempt citation to the Attorney General. Congressional tolerance of Trump Administration slow-walking of document and witness requests have only led to outright stonewalling and that deeply disturbing pattern must be ended now.

Despite Mitch McConnell, Congress Must Hold the Trump Administration Accountable

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell may not be interested in holding the White House accountable, but it is imperative that Congress do so. Not only is it not time to “move beyond” the damning findings of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report, it is time for the White House to begin complying with all requests from Congress – as the U.S. Constitution requires of a coequal branch of government.

Mueller Report Opens Door for Civil Enforcement by FEC

Today, Common Cause, the Campaign Legal Center, and Democracy 21 filed a supplement to a complaint filed in July 2017 against President Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign committee for soliciting contributions from foreign nationals in the form of opposition research offered by Russians. Although Special Counsel Robert Mueller declined to bring criminal charges against Donald Trump Jr., Mueller provided a roadmap by which the Federal Election Commission (FEC) could pursue civil penalties.

Voting & Elections 04.22.2019

Supreme Court to Hear Arguments on Partisan Census Citizenship Question Intended to Intimidate Immigrant Communities

The partisan intent of the citizenship question is clear and Commerce v. New York presents a new opportunity for the Supreme Court, with newly appointed Justice Brett Kavanaugh, to show that it is above partisanship. This case, coupled this term with Rucho v. Common Cause and Lamone v. Benisek, the challenges to North Carolina’s and Maryland’s outrageous partisan gerrymanders, will give the court ample opportunity to show that it truly not a partisan branch of government.