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This new document demonstrates that President Trump is not even living up to the inadequate commitment that he made to segregate foreign profits at his hotels and voluntarily donate them to the U.S. Treasury. This comes nowhere near the standard set by the Constitution and we look forward to litigating this matter. Even the defective standard they set forward is not being followed. It is another example of the contempt this administration has for American law.feedback
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May 24 2017 Trump Presidency
Find all of Norm Eisen’s quotes that have been published in 15 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, “This new document demonstrates that President Trump is not even living up to the inadequate commitment that he made to segregate foreign profits at his hotels and voluntarily donate them to the U.S. Treasury. This comes nowhere near the standard set by the Constitution and we look forward to litigating this matter. Even the defective standard they set forward is not being followed. It is another example of the contempt this administration has for American law.”.
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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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

[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.feedback

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.feedback

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

And I think it could be politically perilous.feedback

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.feedback

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

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.feedback

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