Category: Presidential Corruption

Bill to close presidential pardon loophole sent to New York governor for signature

The New York state legislature has sent a bill to Governor Cuomo that would close New York’s presidential pardon loophole. Background New York state’s double jeopardy statute may currently allow certain defendants pardoned by the president for their federal crimes to also escape responsibility for their state crimes. For well over a century, the U.S.
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FSFP to Court: FEC Must Investigate Trump’s Involvement in Hush Money Payments

Free Speech For People has filed a brief in its lawsuit against the Federal Election Commission for failing to investigate a $150,000 “hush money” payment made in 2016 to Karen McDougal, one of President Trump’s former mistresses, as a potential violation of federal campaign finance law. The investigation is necessary because, even after federal prosecutors have investigated
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EPA rolls back clean water protections, and Trump’s golf courses stand to benefit

The Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers finalized a rollback of clean water protections. The rollback will mean higher profits for many private golf courses. And in the case of President Trump’s golf courses, that violates the Constitution. Background The details of the regulation are somewhat complicated. The federal Clean Water Act
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Government Watchdogs Call on the New York Attorney General to Dissolve Trump’s Company and Revoke Its Corporate Charter

(NEW YORK, NY) – Free Speech For People (FSFP), a non-partisan legal advocacy organization, delivered today a letter to New York Attorney General Letitia James, calling for an investigation into whether to revoke the corporate charter of the Trump Organization under a New York law that authorizes her to dissolve a corporation for persistently illegal conduct or abuse of its powers.
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Congressman Al Green and Ron Fein in The Hill: Trump’s racist abuses demand impeachment

Rep. Al Green of Texas and Ron Fein have an op-ed in The Hill today entitled “Trump’s racist abuses demand impeachment.” The op-ed argues: The House of Representatives has passed a resolution condemning President Trump’s racist comments directed at four members of Congress, telling them to “go back” to other countries. But the House must do more than
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When Is Enough Enough? High Crimes and Misdemeanors.

The article below is cross-posted with permission from the Equal Justice Society. Eva Paterson, is the President and Co-Founder of the Equal Justice Society and a member of Free Speech For People’s Legal Advisory Committee.  When Is Enough Enough??? High Crimes and Misdemeanors. Eva Paterson, Equal Justice Society  Immigrant children “living” in unsanitary deplorable conditions.
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BREAKING: Free Speech For People Sues Federal Election Commission for Failing to Investigate Trump and Trump Campaign’s Role in McDougal Hush Money Payoff

Washington, D.C.—Free Speech For People has filed a lawsuit against the Federal Election Commission for failing to investigate a $150,000 “hush money” payment made in 2016 to Karen McDougal, one of President Trump’s former mistresses, under federal campaign finance law. The investigation is necessary because, even after federal prosecutors have investigated some of the parties involved,
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Abusing the Pardon Power: From Joe Arpaio to the Latest Revelations About Trump’s Lawyer

The connection between disgraced former Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio and disgraced former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn may not be immediately obvious. But we predicted it in 2017. The New York Times recently reported that Special Counsel Mueller’s team uncovered a voicemail from Trump’s lawyer, John Dowd, to Flynn’s lawyer. The message is
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Organizations Urge Congress to Investigate Justice Kavanaugh’s Confirmation

On April 11, 2019, Free Speech For People joined Demand Justice and a coalition of sexual assault survivors’ organizations and other progressive groups to urge House Democrats to investigate Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation. Free Speech For People first called for an impeachment investigation of Brett Kavanaugh in October 2018, due to multiple allegations
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Public Interest Groups to EPA: Constitution Forbids Weakening Clean Water Protections to Benefit Trump’s Golf Courses

Free Speech For People and the New Jersey-based Raritan Headwaters Association filed a comment arguing that the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are constitutionally prohibited from relaxing a Clean Water Act protection so as to benefit presidentially-owned golf courses. Background The process for this rule has been somewhat complex. In 2015,
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