Assaults on Government
From early in his administration, Trump revealed a stunning lack of respect for fundamental U.S. governmental institutions and the system of "checks and balances" between the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government. From his sweeping executive orders, his expectations of an uncontested confirmation process for his cabinet nominees, to his unending tweets of frustration at the judicial stay of his Muslim immigration travel ban executive order, he has exhibited a complete disregard for the basic concepts of American democracy.
This page will track Trump’s assaults on the fundamental structures of our system of government.
|2017.01.13||Trump transition email shows initial effort to oust all inspectors general washingtonpost.com |
An email confirms the story that The Post reported last week that inspectors general had been told that they would be held over only on a temporary basis and that they should seek other employment.
|2017.01.17||Rogue scientists race to save climate data from Trump wired.com (See also Envionment, Climate Change)|
The incoming Trump administration's EPA transition team intends to remove some climate data from the...
|2017.01.20||All references to Climate Change is deleted from the White House website. motherboard.vice.com (See also Climate Change, First 100 Days)|
|2017.01.29||Department Of Homeland Security official statement that they will continue to enforce Trump's executive order. dhs.gov (See also Department of Homeland Security, First 100 Days, Muslim Immigration Ban)|
|2017.01.30||Acting attorney general Sally Yates writes to Justice Department lawyers, describing ‘solemn obligation to seek justice and stand for what is right’, and instructs them not to defend Trump migration order and Trump fires her three hours later. theguardian.com (See also First 100 Days, Muslim Immigration Ban, Jeff Sessions, Department of Justice)|
|2017.01.30||Trump fires acting Attorney General Sally Yates after she orders government lawyers not to defend Muslim immigration ban. nytimes.com (See also Department of Justice, Muslim Immigration Ban, Muslims, Immigration, Presidential Activity, Immigrants)|
|2017.01.30||White house releases statement that Senate Democrats are obstructing President Trump’s nominees. whitehouse.gov (See also First 100 Days, Trump Cabinet)|
|2017.02.01||House Oversight Committee obtains Trump transition team email revealing intention to oust all inspectors general, a stance that was later softened. washingtonpost.com (See also Federal Departments)|
|2017.02.01||Trump urges Republicans to 'go nuclear' in order to confirm Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. in.mobile.reuters.com (See also First 100 Days, Supreme Court)|
|2017.02.05||McConnell rebukes Trump's judge attack and distances himself from the president on Russia, voter fraud and the travel ban politico.com (See also First 100 Days, Voter Fraud, Russia, Muslim Immigration Ban)|
|2017.02.05||Trump tweets in an attempt to undermine legal system: "Just cannot believe a judge would put our country in such peril. If something happens blame him and court system. People pouring in. Bad!" twitter.com (See also Assaults on Facts, Immigrants)|
|2017.02.05||US appeals court rejects White House request to reinstate Muslim immigration ban. theguardian.com (See also First 100 Days, Muslim Immigration Ban, Immigration, Constitutional Issues, Steve Bannon, Steven Miller)|
|2017.02.06||Trump sends angry tweets about suspension of Muslim immigration ban and says judge who defied him has put U.S. "in peril." theguardian.com (See also First 100 Days)|
|2017.02.07||A group of lawyers accuse Trump administration of failing to comply with Judge's order in travel ban lawsuit. lawnewz.com (See also First 100 Days, Muslim Immigration Ban, Immigration, Muslims)|
They are asking a judge to force the Trump administration to disclose a list of any individuals detained by his ‘extreme vetting’ Executive Order and are also seeking the return of any individuals who were removed from the United States as a result of the order.
|2017.02.07||House Administration Committee votes to terminate the one federal agency charged with upgrading our voting systems, and helping to protect our elections and voting machines from hacking brennancenter.org (See also Russian Meddling in Election)|
|2017.02.07||Trump jokes about destroying the career of a Texas state senator who wants to require criminal convictions before the state seizes personal property. npr.org|
|2017.02.08||In an extraordinarily rare move, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell interrupts Warren's speech, saying she breached Senate rules by reading past statements against Sessions from the late senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) and the late Coretta Scott King. washingtonpost.com (See also First 100 Days, Jeff Sessions, Assaults on Civil Liberties)|
Warren will be unable to take the floor for the duration of the Jeff Sessions debate.
|2017.02.09||Threats against more than one judge involved in legal challenges to President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration have prompted federal and local law enforcement agencies to increase security. cnn.com (See also First 100 Days, Constitutional Issues)|
|2017.02.09||Trump attacks McCain for questioning success of deadly Yemen raid. washingtonpost.com (See also First 100 Days, Yemen)|
|2017.02.09||Trump lashes out at Blumenthal and resurfaces the Connecticut senator’s military record to minimize fallout from the Gorsuch’s 'disheartening' comments about Trump’s attacks. politico.com (See also First 100 Days, Constitutional Issues)|
|2017.02.10||FEC commissioner calls on Trump to show evidence of voter fraud thehill.com (See also First 100 Days, Voter Fraud)|
|2017.02.10||Trump quotes legal blog out of context to argue travel ban ruling is "a disgraceful decision." politico.com (See also First 100 Days, Assaults on Facts, Muslim Immigration Ban, Muslims)|
|2017.02.11||Trump tweets that "legal system is broken." politico.com (See also First 100 Days)|
"SO DANGEROUS!" Trump wrote on Twitter.
|2017.02.14||Trump signs law that cancels out a Securities and Exchange Commission regulation that would have required oil and gas and mining companies to disclose in detail the payments they make to foreign governments. washingtonpost.com (See also Energy, First 100 Days, Corruption)|
|2017.02.15||Trump assigns Stephen K. Bannon, Jared Kushner, and billionaire private equity executive Stephen A. Feinberg to conduct a review of intelligence agencies. nytimes.com (See also First 100 Days, Jared Kushner, Steve Bannon)|
|2017.02.16||Trump's call to complain to Lockheed about F-35 jet costs in early January occurred with Boeing CEO in the room listening. bloomberg.com (See also Conflicts of Interest)|
|2017.02.23||At CPAC on Thursday, Steve Bannon says a primary goal for the Trump administration is the “deconstruction of the administrative state”—the system of taxes, regulations and trade pacts that Trump and his team believe stymie economic growth and infringe upon one’s sovereignty. washingtonpost.com (See also First 100 Days, Steve Bannon)|
|2017.02.24||Trump administration admits it tried to get FBI officials to challenge media coverage of contact members of Trump’s campaign team had with Russian intelligence operatives, raising questions about the politicization of intelligence and the independence of congressional probes. washingtonpost.com (See also Russia, Trump Relationship with Russia)|
|2017.02.27||Trump signs off on press secretary Sean Spicer's decision to check aides' cell phones to make certain they aren't communicating with reporters via text message or encrypted apps. cnn.com (See also First 100 Days, Sean Spicer)|
|2017.03.09||White House defends House decision to draft health care legislation without getting an independent estimate from the Congressional Budget Office on its cost, a move critics call reckless. washingtonpost.com|
|2017.03.10||Trump abruptly orders 46 Obama appointed Federal Prosecutors to resign. nytimes.com (See also First 100 Days, Department of Justice, Fascism)|
The president told the holdover United States attorneys to tender their resignations immediately, including — surprisingly — Preet Bharara, the United States attorney in Manhattan.