Category: Presidential Corruption

“Trump’s authoritarianism in the streets is being matched in the courts”: FSFP Board Member Jennifer Taub co-authors Op-Ed on Trump’s threats to our democracy and Constitution.

Free Speech for People Board Member Jennifer Taub recently co-authored an op-ed with Joshua A. Geltzer, Neal K. Katyal, and Laurence H. Tribe in the Washington Post about the Trump administration’s authoritarian response to peaceful protestors and its simultaneous push to dismiss the case against Michael Flynn via a court brief. “The brief represents a
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Armed Paramilitary Groups in DC, Government Watchdog Files Urgent Freedom of Information Act Request with the Department of Justice

Free Speech For People files a FOIA Request with the Department of Justice for any communication regarding armed personnel who wear no uniforms or insignia but claim to be federal law enforcement WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 4, 2020) – Free Speech For People submitted a Freedom of Information Act request to the Department of Justice seeking
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Our Statement on Recent Events

All of us at Free Speech For People are heartbroken and outraged by the recent police murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. We send our deepest condolences to their families. We stand together with all Americans who are denouncing the police brutality that led to their deaths, and the racism that causes far too
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“There’s going to be scandal involved in this bailout”: Former Chief Inspector General Warns Following Passage of The CARES Act.

Neil Barofsky, Former head of SIGTARP – the watchdog that oversaw a historic $750 billion dollar bailout during the 2008 recession – recently appeared on Moyers On Democracy to discuss government accountability and the CARES Act. The former Chief Inspector General stressed the importance of accountability for the $2.2 trillion stimulus package Congress recently passed
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President Trump Must Step Aside

In the past several days, it has become increasingly clear that President Trump’s handling of the coronavirus crisis is not merely incompetent, but actively making the problem worse. While the president can be credited for early action restricting travel from China, his behavior since then has been reckless, erratic, and injurious to public health. The
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FSFP Board Chair Ben Clements Discusses The State Of Our Democracy & The DOJ’s Roger Stone Intervention on WGBH

FSFP Board Chair Ben Clements recently appeared on WGBH to discuss the current state of democracy and the Department of Justice intervention in Roger Stone’s sentencing. Stone, a former aide to Donald Trump, was convicted last year for lying to Congress and witness tampering, among other crimes. This week prosecutors recommended a seven to nine
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Statement from Free Speech For People on House Impeachment Vote

Free Speech For People first called for an impeachment investigation on January 20, 2017, the day that President Trump took office, based on his refusal to separate himself from his businesses in violation of the Constitution’s emoluments clauses. Since then, we and our allies have led a movement demanding that Congress fulfill its constitutional duty
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EPA gifts a domestic emolument to Trump’s golf courses

Today, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers finalized a rollback of a 2015 clean water protection known as the “waters of the United States rule.” While this has been expected since Trump ordered it early in his presidency, it doesn’t change the fact that it’s a violation of the Constitution’s Domestic
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Bill to close presidential pardon loophole sent to New York governor for signature

UPDATE: On October 16, 2019, New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the bill into law.  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
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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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