Both groups have chronicled and challenged Trump’s conflicts and violations throughout his presidency. Lisa Gilbert, vice president of legislative affairs for Public Citizen, noted that “no president has pushed the ethical boundaries like Trump.”
“Many of the unprecedented ethical problems we see with this administration,” Bookbinder explained, “stem from President Trump’s failure to divest from his businesses.”
The report’s forward-looking proposals, which largely rely on congressional action, have four overarching goals:
Preventing conflicts of interest;
Improving financial disclosure of candidates and office holders;
Enhancing rules on gifts to candidates and public officials; and
Strengthening the integrity of government.