Additional Reading and Resources Curated by AVB Volunteers
The President Is Winning His War on American Institutions, The Atlantic Magazine, April 2020. How Trump is destroying the civil service and bending the government to his will. (Photo courtesy of The Atlantic.)
Trump Team’s Conflicts and Scandals: An Interactive Guide, Bloomberg, March 14, 2019. Donald Trump promised to drain the Washington swamp. Instead, he has surrounded himself with family members, appointees and advisers who’ve been accused of conflicts of interest , misuse of public funds , influence peddling , self-enrichment , working for foreign governments , failure to disclose information and violating ethics rules . Some are under investigation or facing lawsuits , others have resigned and five have either been convicted or pleaded guilty , including three for lying to government officials . Scandals plague all administrations, but Trump’s is only two years old and the allegations keep on coming.
The Trump Administration Says It Has Violated Its Own Ethics Pledge, ProPublica, Oct. 23, 2019. We found multiple Trump ethics pledge violations hidden in a little-noticed government report. They show inappropriate actions by government employees, lobbyists and former business clients.
From Criminal Convictions to Ethical Lapses: The Range of Misconduct in Trump’s Orbit, New York Times, September 1, 2018. Since President Trump’s inauguration, numerous campaign and administration officials have been convicted of or pleaded guilty to crimes. Others were found to have violated federal ethics rules, or were forced to resign over security clearance issues. The criminal charges were all connected to the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III.
Ethics Be Damned: More than half of Trump’s 20-person Cabinet has engaged in questionable or unethical conduct, Marketplace, February 16, 2018. A growing chorus of ethics officials, including the acting director of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics, warns that President Trump’s conduct related to his business interests is causing a dangerously negative public perception of the nation’s ethics system....every ethics professional interviewed for this story thinks the Trump administration has significantly undermined decades of ethical norms and standards....