Norm Eisen

Find all of Norm Eisen’s quotes that have been published in 9 different articles on this page. Norm Eisen’s quotes are organized by date and topic, making it easy for you to compare, for example, what Norm Eisen has said both recently, and in the past, on a variety of topics. Some of the topics Norm Eisen likes to comment on include Donald Trump, rule and law. Most recently, Norm Eisen said, “He's putting the bully in the bully pulpit to attack this company on dubious factual assertions in order to promote his daughter. Literally everything he does has this miasma of conflict around it. This is unfair business practices. There's a serious legal question. There are statutes across the country, including a very tough one in California.”.

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It is shocking that the father-in-law did not choose to follow his son in law's example, now the courts will have their say.

It is not allowed for a government employee to use your public office for private gain. And by doing this ad, I have never seen anything like it. It's a violation of the rule. Pure and simple.

He's putting the bully in the bully pulpit to attack this company on dubious factual assertions in order to promote his daughter. Literally everything he does has this miasma of conflict around it. This is unfair business practices. There's a serious legal question. There are statutes across the country, including a very tough one in California.

This email sheds light on why the Trump nominees are, as a whole, the most conflicted group that I recall. That problem starts at the top, with the president's own unresolved conflicts.

In the case of Donald Trump, he wants to make it into a grey area, or really he wants to make it into a black-and-white area that conflicts law doesn't apply to him. He's correct that there's a lot of black-and-white, but if the black-and-white of it cuts against him, the conflict does apply. There can be no dispute that the rules in the Constitution, for example, which prohibit presidents from taking foreign government cash and other benefits, so called emoluments, apply to the president.

[Trump's] going to be in violation of the Constitution, and I don't believe that American people or the courts will stand by for that idly. So there'll be litigation.

Of course, there's also the question of government morals, What's right and wrong to do?' We hope that the government ethics rules track the rules of political morality. What we've tried to do is codify abstract principles of right and wrong into a set of conflicts rules for government officials, starting with the Constitution and then the statutes and regulations as well. That's what we mean by government ethics.

What we mean by ethical in the government ethics context is that there is a body of laws that govern what you can and cannot do, with respect to your conflicts of interest and other personal financial interests. In government, when you're a government servant, that's what we mean by government ethics.

In any rule of law system, any body of laws – not just the government ethics laws that govern conflicts of interest on related subjects – there always are going to be grey areas. There's no doubt about it. Rule of law systems are imperfect in part, because… you're trying to build a set of behavioral codes on top of abstract principles of right and wrong. And that's tricky to do.

Mr. Trump's ill-advised course will precipitate scandal and corruption.

And I think it could be politically perilous.

My view is that Office of Government Ethics and Director Shaub have been strong and outspoken in advocating ethics to the new administration, and this confirms it.

She's talked over and over again about addressing Citizens United. It's not so easy to back away from that. People really care about this so there will be some accountability.

I don't think you've seen the last of it and I feel it will further coarsen and politicize our discourse.

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