Former U.S. attorney Preet Bharara and former Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Christine Todd Whitman wrote an op-ed announcing that they are launching a new democracy task force at the Brennan Center for Justice to fight President Trump’s “abuse” of presidential norms.
“One year into the Trump presidency, it’s clear that the norms and boundaries traditionally guiding American political behavior have deeply eroded,” they wrote. “That matters greatly. A workable democracy can thrive only when there are basic rules, often unwritten, that curb abuse and guide policymakers.”
The Hill added:
Bharara, a Democrat, and Whitman, a Republican, cited Trump’s treatment of the press, failure to divest fully from his business and attacks on Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election as examples of breaks from typical presidential behavior.
The task force, based out of New York University’s School of Law, will review government traditions dealing with financial conflicts, political interference with law enforcement, the use of government data and science, and other topics.
Other officials and experts from both parties will also serve on the task force, which will eventually release a set of recommendations.
“Trump is extreme, but he is not the first president to breach core constitutional norms. Our system relies on checks and balances, constitutional commands that are implicit in our founding document but often not spelled out with specificity,” they wrote.