Reforming Government Ethics in the Age of Trump

February 5, 2018

President Donald Trump’s decision to keep control of his business empire despite apparent conflicts of interest is but one of a number of ethical controversies that have made headlines since Inauguration Day one year ago. As informal guardrails that constrain self-dealing by those in power fall away, what can be done to shore up federal ethics laws to give the public confidence that their leaders will put the interests of the American people first? The panel reviews the most significant gaps that exist in our system of federal ethics regulation, considers the special challenges that accompany any effort to regulate the president’s conduct in office, and debates the most promising ideas for reform. Kimberly Atkins, Chief Washington Reporter/Columnist, Boston Herald Kathleen Clark, Professor of Law, Washington University School of Law Walter Shaub, Senior Director, Ethics, Campaign Legal Center and former Director of the Office of Government Ethics Daniel I. Weiner, Senior Counsel, Democracy Program, Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law This program is produced by The Brennan Center for Justice in partnership with the NYU John Brademas Center and NYU Washington, DC.