A group of lawyers who worked for President Barack Obama, calling themselves United To Protect Democracy, are setting their sights on Trump. Believing that he and his staff will break rules of conduct put in place by the Obama administration, they just took action against the Trump White House.
The group submitted 50 Freedom of Information Acts this week “that they believe will confirm their suspicions” that the President and his staff have committed these ethics rules violations, “like potential intervention in and intimidation of regulatory agencies by West Wing staff.”
Ian Bassin, the leader of United to Protect Democracy, said:
“When people hear concerns about democracies declining into authoritarianism, they expect that moment to come in a singular thunderclap where everyone can see that this is the time. In reality, often times, democracies decline over a period of years that happen through a series of much smaller steps.”
As the Trump administration continues to commit – and thereby normalize – abuses of power and ethics violations – United to Protect Democracy will be there to “bring what they find to reporters, build it into pressure for congressional oversight with the help of a campaign director they’ll hire, and, as necessary, to file lawsuits.”
After learning about the group, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said:
“This administration has raised the level of ethics training and oversight to a new level compared to the practices of the previous administration.”
I would be surprised if the press corps was able to hold it together. Embroiled in a number of scandals mere weeks into his administration, Trump may very well turn out to be the most corrupt politician in American history.
Bassin continued by warning, “We need an organization that is specifically and holistically focused on that worst-case scenario.”
And the worst-case scenario this very well seems to be.