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January 31, 2017

In the following weeks, we will scrutinize the record of Judge Gorsuch very closely. But today one thing is clear: President Trump has laden Gorsuch with a profound burden. Immediately coming on the heels of Trump’s Muslim ban, and after months of litmus-test promises Trump made to his most ideologically committed partisans about positions that his ultimate choice for the Court would have to support, Gorsuch has a lot to prove to the American people before they can consider him a mainstream nominee.

January 27, 2017

“It is stunning to learn that the Office of Legal Counsel in the Trump Justice Department may not be reviewing his executive orders,” said Brianne Gorod, Chief Counsel of Constitutional Accountability Center and former Attorney-Adviser in the OLC under President Barack Obama. “OLC's own website makes clear that the office should be reviewing all executive orders for both ‘form and legality.’ This raises a number of serious questions,” Gorod continued. “If, in fact, OLC is being cut out of the review of executive orders, what comes next? OLC plays a critical role in the Department of Justice, advising the executive branch on a wide range of important legal questions, both constitutional and statutory, to make sure the President follows the law.”

January 26, 2017

Today, Constitutional Accountability Center filed a motion with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit on behalf of Senate Banking Committee Ranking Member Sherrod Brown and House Financial Services Committee Ranking Member Maxine Waters, who seek to intervene in defense of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to ensure that it can continue to operate free from political influence, as Congress intended. 

January 26, 2017

Washington, DC – On news of President Donald Trump’s executive orders regarding border and refugee issues, Constitutional Accountability Center President Elizabeth Wydra issued the following reaction: 
 
“President Trump’s immigration and refugee executive orders already issued and expected this week break faith with fundamental American values when it comes to the way we treat people seeking a better life in our country, and threaten to violate constitutional protections against discrimination. 
 

January 11, 2017

“Prior to today, Trump has exhibited reckless disregard for America’s governing norms and decades of practice by past presidents. On dealing with his many conflicts of interest, his press conference today did little to remedy that. Next week, Trump will be taking a solemn oath to uphold the Constitution. He must do much more to eliminate his conflicts of interest to avoid taking that oath without a very dark cloud of constitutional uncertainty hanging over his presidency from day one.”

January 6, 2017
In a detailed letter sent today to the Senate Judiciary Committee, Constitutional Accountability Center explains why Senator Jefferson B. Sessions (R-AL), President-elect Donald Trump’s anticipated nominee to be the next United States Attorney General, is unfit to hold that critical position. Confirmation hearings for Sessions are scheduled to begin on January 10, and to last a mere two days, hardly sufficient time for the careful scrutiny needed of someone with the long and troubling record that Sessions has. CAC’s letter, signed by CAC President Elizabeth Wydra and available here, examines Senator Sessions’s record in six key areas within the purview of the Department of Justice:  civil rights, women’s rights, immigrants’ rights, criminal justice, national security, and executive accountability to the rule of law.