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Op-Eds and Blogs

Op-Eds and Blogs

Corruption and terrorism: The case of Kenya,” Narrelle Gilchrist and Norman Eisen, The Brookings Institution, August 22, 2019.

How to Fix America’s Broken Political System,” Norman Eisen and Fred Wertheimer, Politico, January 7, 2019.

Trump illegally asked Russia to help him win in 2016. He shouldn’t get away with it,” Fred Wertheimer and Norman Eisen, USA Today, January 2, 2019.

In a normal administration, Whitaker would listen to government ethics experts,” Walter M. Shaub Jr., Richard Painter, and Norman Eisen, Washington Post, December 21, 2018.

Trump Foundation dissolves, but Trump abuses and pursuit of personal gain live on,” Noah Bookbinder and Norman Eisen, USA Today, December 20, 2018.

Trump's 'no smocking gun' defense won't protect him,” Norman Eisen and Barry H. Berke, CNN, December 12, 2018.

Is This the Beginning of the End for Trump?” Barry Berke, Noah Bookbinder, and Norman Eisen, The New York Times, December 7, 2018.

In Ukraine It’s Not Merely About Ukraine—Which Is Why the West Must Respond,” Susan Corke, Norman Eisen, and Jeffrey Gedmin, The American Interest, December 6, 2018.

What the Flynn Memo Tells Us About the Mueller Investigation,” Norman Eisen, Politico, December 5, 2018.

Did Trump obstruct justice in public on Monday?” Barry H. Berke and Norman Eisen, The Washington Post, December 4, 2018.

What Cohen’s Deal Means for Trump,” Barry Berke, Noah Bookbinder, and Norman Eisen, The New York Times, November 29, 2018.

Ordering troops to police the border is unnecessary—and illegal,” Sean Coffey, Barry H. Berke, and Norman Eisen, The Washington Post, November 27, 2018.

Unhappy anniversary: U.S. withdrawal from the Extractives Industries Transparency Initiative,one year later,” Kelsey Landau and Norman Eisen, The Brookings Institution, November 16, 2018.

Whitaker will break public trust and federal law if he controls Mueller investigation,” Noah Bookbinder, Richard Painter, and Norman Eisen, USA Today, November 15, 2018.

Democracy is under assault in Hungary. America’s voice is crucial,” Norman Eisen and Jeffrey Gedmin, CNN, November 11, 2018.

With Sessions Out, What Happens to Mueller?” Fred Wertheimer and Norman Eisen, The New York Times, November 9, 2018.

The election is almost here. That means Mueller’s next move is coming soon,” Norman Eisen, Barry H. Berke, and Dani James, The Washington Post, November 1, 2018.

How Trump is taking on the FBI, and possibly violating the Emoluments Clause in the process,” Noah Bookbinder and Norman Eisen, NBC News, October 29, 2018.

Obama’s anti-corruption antidote: Can it work globally?” Norman Eisen, The Brookings Institution, October 23, 2018.

Rod Rosenstein has no conflict,” Norman Eisen and Virginia Canter, The Hill, October 22, 2018.

Nikki Haley is the latest Trump Cabinet official to leave under an ethics cloud,” Noah Bookbinder and Norman Eisen, The Washington Post, October 10, 2018.

Understanding and addressing the threats against the rule of law in America today,” Norman Eisen, The Brookings Institution, October 8, 2018.

Here Are the 30 People the FBI Needs to Interview in its Kavanaugh Investigation,” Norman Eisen, Asha Rangappa, and Kristin Amerling, Just Security, October 3, 2018.

Depressed About the Future of Democracy? Study History,” Norman Eisen, The New York Times, September 29, 2018.

Kavanaugh’s record of misleading statements gives Jeff Flake’s FBI inquiry many targets,” Norman Eisen and Caroline Fredrickson, USA Today, September 28, 2018.

If Rosenstein’s going to leave, he should demand to be fired,” Laurence H. Tribe and Norman Eisen, The Washington Post, September 25, 2018.

We Have Nothing to Fear But FEAR Itself,” Norman L. Eisen and Ryan Goodman, Just Security, September 24, 2018.

Robert Mueller is playing a long game on the Russia investigation, and it’s paying off,” Norman Eisen and Asha Rangappa, USA Today, September 24, 2018.

Smears of Robert Mueller are baseless,” Norman Eisen, Conor Shaw, and Gabe Lezra, CNN, September 21, 2018.

There’s nothing unusual about the timing of the Kavanaugh allegations,” Shan Wu, Julie Grohovsky, and Norman Eisen, The Washington Post, September 17, 2018.

Manafort Folds. Now What?” Noah Bookbinder, Barry Berke and Norman Eisen, The New York Times, September 14, 2018.

Truth is a casualty in the Kavanaugh nomination,” Caroline Fredrickson and Norman Eisen, The Boston Globe, September 13, 2018.

"Sessions tweet shows Trump is an entry-level dictator stealing tips from the greats," Norman Eisen, USA Today, September 5, 2018.

"The Kavanaugh Nomination Must Be Paused. And He Must Recuse Himself," Laurence H. Tribe, Hon. Timothy K. Lewis, and Norman Eisen, Politico, September 4, 2018.

"We know how to fight for democracy. We've done it before," Norman Eisen, The Washington Post, September 4, 2018.

"What the Manafort Verdict Means," Noah Bookbinder, Barry Berke, and Norman Eisen, The New York Times, August 21, 2018

"Trump says collusion isn't a crime. He's right. It's actually many crimes," Barry Berke, Norman Eisen and Dani James, The Washington Post, August 1, 2018.

"Would Brett Kavanaugh be a check on Trump if he tried to abuse his power? We need to know," Norman Eisen and Caroline Fredrickson, USA Today, August 1, 2018.

"GOP Reps.' attack on Rosenstein is an attempt to undermine Mueller investigation," Fred Wertheimer and Norman Eisen, CNN, July 30, 2018.

"Trump's Emoluments Trap," Karl Racine, Brian Frosh and Norman Eisen, The New York Times, July 26, 2018.

"Who will be the Trump administration's next Scott Pruitt?" Norman Eisen and Gabe Lezra, The Washington Post, July 24, 2018.

"In bid to impeach Rod Rosenstein, House Republicans are abusing power to protect Trump," Fred Wertheimer and Norman Eisen, USA Today, July 19, 2018.

"Donald Trump is a danger to us all. Congress, do something," Norman Eisen and Elizabeth Beavers, CNN, July 17, 2018.

"Kavanaugh Must Explain His Views on Presidential Immunity," Norman Eisen and Ryan Goodman, Slate, July 15, 2018.

"What Friday's Indictments Mean," Norman Eisen and Noah Bookbinder, The New York Times, July 13, 2018.

"President Trump's Stain on Brett Kavanaugh and How to Remove It -- Setting the Record Straight Part Two," Norman Eisen and Ryan Goodman, Just Security, July 13, 2018.

"House needs to probe what Jim Jordan knew about alleged sexual abuse," Norman Eisen and Fred Wertheimer, CNN, July 12, 2018.

"Yes, Russia is a threat to NATO. So are the alliance's anti-democratic members," Norman Eisen and James Kirchick, The Washington Post, July 11, 2018.

"Will Kavanaugh Provide Cover for Trump?" Caroline Fredrickson and Norman Eisen, The New York Times, July 10, 2018.

"Congress Should Stop Messing With Rod Rosenstein," John McKay, Joyce Vance and Norman Eisen, Politico, July 9, 2018.

"Pruitt's Resignation Is Just the Beginning," Norman Eisen and Noah Bookbinder, The New York Times, July 6, 2018.

"To lawyers like us, Michael Cohen looks like he's ready to flip on Trump," Norman Eisen, Barry Berke and Dani James, The Washington Post, July 3, 2018.

"How Donald Trump could speed up Robert Mueller's Russia investigation: Talk to him," Norman Eisen and Andrew Wright, USA Today, July 2, 2018.

"R.I. should add another requirement for presidents: release tax returns," Laurence Tribe and Norman Eisen, Providence Journal, June 19, 2018.

"Why Trump Is Wrong on the Comey Report," Barry Berke, Norman Eisen and Dani James, The New York Times, June 14, 2018.

"We advised federal officials on ethics for years. Scott Pruitt shocks us," Virginia Canter and Norman Eisen, The Washington Post, June 14, 2018. 

"Will Congress Block Trump's Deal With a Dangerous Company?" Norman Eisen, Elliot Cohen and Fred Wertheimer, The New York Times, June 13, 2018.

"We love a royal wedding, but the divine right of Donald? We fought a revolution over that," Jed Shugerman and Norman Eisen, USA Today, June 7, 2018.

"Spare the Rod," Norman Eisen, Virginia Canter and Conor Shaw, Politico, June 7, 2018.

Trump’s Executive Privilege Argument is a Loser,” Andrew Wright and Norman Eisen, CNN, June 4, 2018.

Trump’s Lawyers Say He’s Above the Law. They Clearly Don’t Understand It,” Barry Berke, Noah Bookbinder and Norman Eisen, The Washington Post, June 4, 2018.

Trump Has Given us the Ultimate Chinese Import: American Princelings,” Fred Wertheimer and Norman Eisen, Yahoo News, May 25, 2018.

Donald Trump Should Not Assume He’s Above the Law. A Sitting President Can Be Indicted,” Norman Eisen and Elizabeth Holtzman, USA Today, May 24, 2018.

Why Schneiderman’s Replacement Matters,” Norman Eisen, Noah Bookbinder and Caroline Frederickson, The New York Times, May 10, 2018.

We Filed a Complaint about Trump’s Ethics. Giuliani Made It Possible,” Norman Eisen and Noah Bookbinder, The Washington Post, May 4, 2018.

Rosenstein Impeachment Articles Are Gross Abuse Meant to Sabotage Mueller Russia Probe,” USA Today, May 2, 2018.

Mueller’s Questions Ought to Frighten Trump,” Norman Eisen, Noah Bookbinder and Barry Berke, Politico Magazine, May 1, 2018.

The Curious Case of Geoffrey Berman: What to Make of the Prosecutor Now Installed as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District,” Victoria Bassetti and Norman Eisen, Daily News, April 26, 2018.

Don’t Blow It, Congress. Confront EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt on Ethics Abuses,” Norman Eisen, Noah Bookbinder and Virginia Canter, USA Today, April 25, 2018.

Love Him or Hate Him, Jeff Sessions is Why Mueller’s Russia Probe Is Still on Track,” Cameron Smith and Norman Eisen, USA Today, April 23, 2018.

Donald Trump’s 5 Reasons to Fire Rod Rosenstein Reveal True Aim: Obstructing Robert Mueller,” Norman Eisen, and Richard Painter, USA Today, April 12, 2018.

Firing Rosenstein Would Cross a Red Line for the Rule of Law,” Fred Wertheimer and Norm Eisen, CNN, April 11, 2018.

The FBI Raids on Trump’s Attorney Are Bad News for Trump,” Norman Eisen, Noah Bookbinder and Conor Shaw, Politico Magazine, April 9, 2018.

Donald Trump Needs to Fire EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, not Promote Him,” Norman Eisen and Conor Shaw, USA Today, April 6, 2018.

DOJ Lawyers Have a Duty to Resist Trump on Russia Probe,” Lisa Gilbert, Norman Eisen and Victoria Bassetti, Salon, April 1, 2018.

Ronny Jackson’s Disturbing Lack of Independence,” Norman Eisen and Bandy Lee, The New York Times, March 29, 2018.

Did Trump Campaign and John Bolton PAC Get Help from Overseas?” Fred Wertheimer and Norman Eisen, CNN, March 26, 2018.

Flashback: Stormy Daniels on ’60 Minutes’ Makes Donald Trump’s Legal Problems Even Worse,” Norman Eisen and Virginia Carter, USA Today, March 26, 2018.

Will New Facebook Scandal Force Tech CEOs to Testify on Russia’s ‘Information Warfare’?” Roger McNamee, Norman Eisen and Fred Wertheimer, USA Today, March 19, 2018.

It Won’t Be Easy for Trump to Replace Sessions with Pruitt,” Victoria Bassetti and Norman Eisen, Politico Magazine, March 16, 2018.

Six Ways Trump Can Help Stop Russian Meddling,” Fred Wertheimer and Norman Eisen, CNN, March 14, 2018.

Beware of Devin Nunes’s Next Move,” Claudine Schneider, Eliot Cohen and Norman Eisen, The New York Times, March 14, 2018.

Ethics Experts: The Problem with Jared Kushner in the White House,” Fred Wertheimer, Norman Eisen and Virginia Canter, CNN, March 7, 2018.

Stormy Daniels Is Just One Reason Donald Trump Couldn’t Work in His Own White House,” Richard Painter and Norman Eisen, USA Today, March 7, 2018.

Why Sessions Is Right to Stand Up to Trump,” Cameron Smith and Norman Eisen, The New York Times, March 2, 2018.

What Facebook, Google and Twitter Owe America,” Fred Wertheimer and Norman Eisen, CNN, February 28, 2018.

Trump Ryan and McConnell, Stop Ignoring Your Oaths,” Fred Wertheimer and Norman Eisen, CNN, February 22, 2018.

Bob Mueller Is Not Playing Around,” Noah Bookbinder and Norman Eisen, Politico Magazine, February 16, 2018.

Trump Can’t Block the Democratic Memo on Russia. Here’s Why,” Norman Eisen and Victoria Bassetti, USA Today, February 16, 2018.

Justice Department Turnover Is Bad News for Mueller, Ethics and Democracy,” Norman Eisen and Victoria Bassetti, USA Today, February 13, 2018.

Is Devin Nunes Obstructing Justice?” Norman Eisen, Caroline Fredrickson and Laurence Tribe, The New York Times, February 12, 2018.

Nunes Memo Aims at Russia Probe, Backfires on Trump and GOP,” Noah Bookbinder, Norman Eisen and Caroline Fredrickson, USA Today, February 3, 2018.

Trump’s Saturday Night Massacre Is Happening Right Before Our Eyes,” Norman Eisen, Caroline Fredrickson and Noah Bookbinder, Politico Magazine, January 31, 2018.

Trump Hasn’t Fired Mueller – Yet,” Richard Painter and Norman Eisen, The New York Times, January 26, 2018.

On Trump’s Mental Fitness, the Experts Are Silenced and the Public’s in the Dark,” Bandy Lee and Norman Eisen, USA Today, January 19, 2018.

Did Trump Obstruct Justice?” Barry Berke, Noah Bookbinder and Norman Eisen, The New York Times, January 5, 2018.

Paul Manafort’s Desperate Legal Gamble,” Norman Eisen and Conor Shaw, Politico, January 5, 2018.

The Four Threats to Robert Mueller,” Richard W. Painter and Norman Eisen, The New York Times, December 21, 2017.

Flashback: Could President Trump fire Robert Mueller? He may try but it won’t be easy,” Noah Bookbinder, Norman Eisen and Caroline Fredrickson, USA Today, December 5, 2017.

There is mounting evidence that the president has been acting with improper and therefore criminal intent,” Norman Eisen, in “Can the President Obstruct Justice?” Politico, December 4, 2017.

After Flynn, Are Kushner and Don Jr. Next?” Richard W. Painter and Norman Eisen, The New York Times, December 1, 2017.

A 10-Point Plan to Drain the Swamp,” Fred Wertheimer and Norman Eisen, Real Clear Policy, November 15, 2017.

Trump’s bogus Clinton allegations assault the rule of law,” Norman Eisen and Fred Wertheimer, CNN, November 4, 2017.

Are Bannon’s Ongoing Contacts With Trump Illegal?” Norman Eisen, Richard W. Painter and Virginia Canter, Politico, November 3, 2017.

Trump’s inevitable Manafort-indictment tweet-storm is working against him,” Norman Eisen, USA Today, November 1, 2017.

Manafort Indictment is Bad News for Trump,” Norman Eisen, Noah Bookbinder and Barry Berke, The New York Times, October 30, 2017.

Trump offer to pay Russia probe legal bills for aides is a terrible idea,” Norman Eisen and Conor Shaw, USA Today, October 25, 2017.

Kushner’s use of personal email is no minor error,” Norman Eisen and Anne Weismann, The Washington Post, September 27, 2017.

For fair elections … can we get a recount?” Norman Eisen, CNN, September 26, 2017.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s honeymoon jet: Divorced from ethics?” Norman Eisen, USA Today, September 14, 2017.

Firing Mueller would be a catastrophic mistake,” Norman Eisen and Fred Wertheimer, CNN, August 10, 2017.

No, Trump can’t pardon himself. The Constitution tells us so,” Laurence H. Tribe, Richard Painter and Norman Eisen, The Washington Post, July 21, 2017.

Trump’s case against Mueller is garbage,” Norman Eisen, in “Does Trump Have a Case Against Mueller?” Politico Magazine, July 21, 2017.

Did Donald Jr. Break the Law?” Norman Eisen and Richard W. Painter, The New York Times, July 11, 2017.

President Trump’s Twitter habit puts him keystrokes away from breaking laws,” Barry Berke and Norman Eisen, USA Today, July 10, 2017.

Robert Mueller terrifies President Trump. Of course he wants him gone,” Richard Painter and Norman Eisen, USA Today, June 20, 2017.

Comey’s Case for Obstruction of Justice,” Norman Eisen and Noah Bookbinder, The New York Times, June 8, 2017.

Donald Trump ethics waivers flood the swamp with conflicts of interest,” Richard Painter, Norman Eisen and Virginia Canter, USA Today, June 7, 2017.

The White House may claim Mueller has conflicts of interest. Oh, the irony,” Richard W. Painter and Norman Eisen, The Washington Post, May 22, 2017.

The Criminal President?” Richard W. Painter and Norman Eisen, The New York Times, May 17, 2017.

After Comey firing, Congress must stand up to Trump,” Laurence Tribe, Richard Painter and Norman Eisen, USA Today, May 11, 2017.

Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump should recuse themselves from China policy,” Norman Eisen and Noah Bookbinder, The Washington Post, May 8, 2017.

Trump’s friend Carl Icahn can’t have it both ways,” Norman Eisen and Fred Wertheimer, CNN, May 1, 2017.

Contempt for ethics hobbles Trump,” Norman Eisen and Richard W. Painter, USA Today, April 26, 2017.

Trump’s taxes must be released before tax reform,” Norman Eisen and Richard W. Painter, USA Today, April 15, 2017.

Candidates who won’t disclose taxes shouldn’t be on the ballot,” Laurence H. Tribe, Richard W. Painter and Norman Eisen, CNN, April 14, 2017.

Trump Is Right: Give Michael Flynn Immunity,” Richard W. Painter and Norman Eisen, The New York Times, March 31, 2017.

Trump’s unprecedented war on ethics,” Norman Eisen and Richard W. Painter, USA Today, March 20, 2017.

Time for a Special Counsel in the Russiagate Scandal,” Norman Eisen and Noah Bookbinder, Politico, March 3, 2017.

The Ethics Case Against Betsy DeVos,” Norman Eisen and Richard W. Painter, The Hill, February 6, 2017.

Sally Yates and the U.S. Constitution: Two Fatalities of the Monday Night Massacre,” Norman Eisen and Richard W. Painter, The Guardian, January 31, 2017.

Who Hasn’t Trump Banned? People From Places Where He’s Done Business,” Richard W. Painter and Norman Eisen, The New York Times, January 29, 2017.

Emoluments: Trump’s Coming Ethics Trouble,” Richard W. Painter, Laurence H. Tribe, Norman Eisen, and Joshua Matz, The Atlantic, January 18, 2017.

Just When You Thought the Trump Ethics Disaster Couldn’t Get Worse, It Did,” Richard W. Painter and Norman Eisen, The Washington Post, January 16, 2017.

Five Ways You’ll Know if Trump is Playing by the Rules,” Norman Eisen, Richard W. Painter, and Laurence H. Tribe, Politico, January 10, 2017.

Trump’s Cabinet Hearings Must Be Delayed,” Norman Eisen and Richard W. Painter, The Guardian, January 9, 2017.

Can Donald Trump Hire Ivanka Trump?” Norman Eisen and Richard W. Painter, The New York Times, December 29, 2016.

The Swamp is Deep, and Here are Five Bipartisan Ways to Drain It,” Norman Eisen and Peter Schweizer, The Washington Post, December 13, 2016.

Donald Trump Will Still Be Violating the Constitution as Soon as He’s Sworn In,” Richard W. Painter and Norman Eisen, The Washington Post, December 13, 2016.

Trump Could Be in Violation of the Constitution His First Day in Office,” Norman Eisen and Richard W. Painter, The Atlantic, December 7, 2016.

Trump’s ‘Blind Trust’ is Neither Blind Nor Trustworthy,” Richard Painter and Norman Eisen, The Washington Post, November 15, 2016.

What Trump’s Tax Returns Could Tell Us About His Dealings with Russia,” Norman Eisen and Richard W. Painter, Politico, October 31, 2016.

The White House Rule: No Tax Returns, No Job,” Norman Eisen and Richard W. Painter, The New York Times, October 6, 2016.

A Trump Presidency Would Be Ethically Compromised,” Richard W. Painter and Norman Eisen, The Washington Post, September 20, 2016.

How to Keep the White House Free of Scandal in 2017,” Norman Eisen, Newsweek, September 18, 2016.

The Iran Deal and the Prague Agenda,” Norman Eisen, The Huffington Post, July 12, 2015.

The Grand Budapest Hotel Is a Thoughtful Comedy About Tragedy,” Norman Eisen, The Atlantic, February 20, 2015.

Transparency Isn’t What Keeps Government From Working,” Gary D. Bass, Danielle Brian and Norman Eisen, The Washington Post, January 2, 2015.