Norman Eisen

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It's a victory for check and balances, the rule of law and the independence oversight of the Office of Government Ethics, and the news media. With any bully, when you punch them in the nose, they back down.feedback
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May 26 2017
We can learn a lot about a person if we know what types of things he or she talks about or comments on the most frequently. There are numerous topics with which Norman Eisen is associated, including Karp and Thiel. Most recently, Norman Eisen has been quoted saying: “As a legal matter, the trademark itself is a thing of value, as proven by how hard the president has fought for some of these trademarks over the years, in China and elsewhere. The Constitution simply does not allow him to collect foreign tributes of this kind while he sits in the Oval Office.” in the article Trump adds another Chinese trademark to his portfolio.
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If you could bring the founders back, to a person they would say, no, you can't accept that. How can we be confident that he is making decisions in the interest of the United States when he has these enormous potential inducements?feedback

It is Ethics 101 – the most basic thing you are not supposed to do: using your official capacity to benefit your financial interest. And we are asking the question of whether he has done that here.feedback

There's been a fourth act and a fifth act, like in a good Shakespeare play. But just like 'Henry IV' has Part 1 and Part 2, I don't doubt there will be another five acts – 'Walt I, Part 1' and Walt I, Part 2' – because of Trump's failure to do what is normal.feedback

An ethics executive order is only as good as the desire to enforce it. If the president is serious about draining the swamp, he will do something about his appointees who are flouting his order. To have people ride the revolving door so quickly is not draining the swamp.feedback

While demanding litigation be dropped can sometimes be part of a legitimate negotiation, Trump's bullying, boastful manner here is odious. It also sends a dangerous message: he is prepared to retaliate against those who exercise their legal rights in court.feedback

There's no enforcement. If this is voluntary, what if she voluntarily decides not to do it?feedback

Whatever questions I and others may have about the arrangement, I think it speaks well of Ivanka and of the process that has been set up to manage the conflicts that the trustees' monitor is one of the most prominent Democratic lawyers in the country.feedback

The ethics emergency of constitutional dimensions has galvanized me back into my initial Obama role.feedback

We have never before seen a president aggressively pursuing valuable benefits from a foreign government of this kind, and it creates an obvious conflict of interest for him. If he is relying on the Chinese government for the extension of his business activity on this kind of unprecedented scope and scale, how can he be trusted, for example, to stanch the flow of American jobs out of the U.S. and into China, or otherwise act against the interests of his benefactors?feedback

Every American should be profoundly concerned by this enormous expansion of President Trump's entanglements with China. If the president is receiving these flows of benefits from China, how can he be trusted to staunch the flow of jobs from the United States to that country?feedback

This is a shot across the bow to everybody who is doing business with Trump or his family. It's warning them: Don't withdraw their business.feedback

It raises the question of whether the reason he saw the UK PM first was in order to promote his business interests and seek unconstitutional emoluments (that is, benefits) from foreign lands. It is unsavory on its face, and it is an illustration of how his decisions will be clouded by the constant overhang of his conflicts.feedback

Our mission at CREW is to make government better, and instead we've had to spend a lot of time to deal with Donald Trump's unconstitutional behavior. The lawsuit is being brought to enforce the Constitution. In order to establish the emoluments violations, we are going to need to see the president's tax returns. We're going to seek them in discovery, so this is a vehicle in order to enforce the Constitution to get those taxes.feedback

The president-elect's disregard for ethics and precedent and the Constitution in his press conference (last week) are going to precipitate an ethics and constitutional crisis from the day he's sworn in.feedback

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

He is going to be not just a litigation magnet, but a litigation vortex that sucks in every political and personal adversary he has.feedback

This is going to be a monumental distraction.feedback

He just has to sign and turn all of these businesses over to an independent trustee.feedback

It appears that he may end up as a de facto special government employee. As such, he would be subject to the conflicts rules, including under 18 USC 208. If so, that would make him potentially criminally liable if he worked on a repeal of the ethanol mandate that would boost CVR's stock price and enrich him. Of course, that's a lot of ifs, and we have to see what his actual conduct is.feedback

I don't like the way it looks having Karp in that room. Even if it had a much larger market cap or if he were a much bigger personality, it still looks as if [Thiel] is using the transition for personal advancement.feedback

It raises profound questions as to whether there has been the use of the transition to try to enhance the profile and value of Mr. Thiel's company. For a campaign that ran on 'drain the swamp,' it seems to me like they just threw another alligator in the swamp.feedback

We have never had a president with these enormous business conflicts domestically and globally. What's more, we've never had a president who seems to insist on breaking the precedent set by every previous president for at least four decades of doing a true blind trust or its equivalent.feedback

Do we really want to run our government where you have the president, the leader of the United States and the free world, saying: 'I'm going to do the bare minimum to squeak by?feedback

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