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NEW REPORT: The National Task Force on the Rule of Law and Democracy releases a new report designed to turn what have traditionally been unwritten rules and norms of government behavior into commonsense, bipartisan laws.
It is time to turn soft norms into hard law. The Task Force — chaired by former U.S. Attorney @PreetBharara and former New Jersey Governor @GovCTW — recommend taking the following steps.
Proposal 1: Modernize financial disclosure rules to prevent self-dealing and corruption.
Proposal 2: Require all sitting presidents and presidential candidates to release their tax returns.
Proposal 3: Require independent financial review for incoming presidents, vice presidents, and other senior officials.
Proposal 4: Enforce the constitution’s foreign and domestic emoluments clauses to prevent improper payments from foreign and state governments.
Proposal 5: Extend conflicts of interest rules to the president and vice president.
Proposal 6: Require explanations when the president pardons a close associate.
Proposal 7: Require the White House to put clear limits on who can talk to the Justice Department about ongoing cases.
Proposal 8: Empower the watchdog Office of Government Ethics to better enforce ethics laws.
Proposal 9: Pass a resolution expressly and categorically condemning self-pardons.
Proposal 10: Empower agency inspectors general to
investigate improper interference in law enforcement
Proposal 11: Shield special counsels from arbitrary firing.
The Task Force is a bipartisan group of former public servants and policy experts housed at the Brennan Center. Read their full series of solutions to repair and revitalize our democracy.
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