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Wed Apr 24, 2019, 11:59 PM

Massive assault on accountability

Analysis by Stephen Collinson, CNN
Updated 7:45 AM ET, Wed April 24, 2019

Washington (CNN)Donald Trump's stonewalling White House is mounting a multi-front assault on accountability, testing the notion that a president must answer to citizens for whom he holds a public trust.

Trump has spent his entire presidency rebelling against rules that have largely constrained most of his predecessors. Many are not written in law but have been seen as accepted codes of presidential conduct, making it easier for him to trample them.

Bulldozing tradition, Trump either ignores or defies established practices of governance and personal transparency, seeking to maximize his personal influence and consolidate power inside the White House while resisting outside scrutiny.

"The context in which this is happening raises some serious questions about the willingness of the White House to honor long understood norms of democratic governance," said Rudy Mehrbani, senior counsel at the Brennan Center for Justice ...


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