This page tracks unprecedented or highly unusual actions taken by Trump as president (or president-elect) or his administration, or unprecedented results or responses to administration actions.
|2017.11.08||Activist investor Carl Icahn has been subpoenaed the the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York over his role as an unpaid adviser to Donald Trump on deregulation. axios.com (See also Conflicts of Interest)|
At issue is Icahn's advocacy for changes to a federal bio-fuels program that would have benefited CVR Energy, in which Icahn holds an 82% ownership stake.
|2017.11.08||The U.S. Department of Justice has told AT&T that it would be required to sell CNN as a condition of approval for its proposed $85 billion acquisition of Time Warner, adding that AT&T is opposed to such a divestiture, and is prepared to take the Trump Administration to court. axios.com (See also Conflicts of Interest, Fascism, Jeff Sessions, Department of Justice, Legal Issues)|
|2017.11.09||Donald Trump's judicial nominees, who recieve lifetime appointments, are so unqualified, so far outside the mainstream, even some conservative Republicans have expressed dismay. nytimes.com (See also Legal Activity, Assaults on Civil Liberties)|
|2017.11.09||Republicans in Washington seemed near panic in the light of a news report in which four women said Roy S. Moore, the Republican nominee for a Senate seat in Alabama (and an evangelical Christian) had made sexual or romantic overtures to them when they were teenagers and he was in his 30s. nytimes.com (See also Misogyny)|
“Like most Americans the president believes we cannot allow a mere allegation, in this case one from many years ago, to destroy a person’s life,” Sarah Sanders, the White House press secretary, said in a statement on behalf of the President. “However, the president also believes that if these allegations are true, Judge Moore will do the right thing and step aside.”
|2017.11.10||An attorney whose accounting firm helped clients avoid paying billions in taxes, and whose firm had to pay more than $100 million in penalties for a tax shelter scheme, is poised to take control of the Internal Revenue Service. thedailybeast.com (See also Conflicts of Interest)|
|2017.11.10||Dozens of young immigrants mailed DACA renewal forms weeks before they were due, but their paperwork was delayed in the mail and then denied for being late, making them "deportable." nytimes.com (See also Immigration)|
|2017.11.10||Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating an alleged plan involving former White House national security adviser Mike Flynn to forcibly remove a Muslim cleric living in the U.S. and deliver him to Turkey in return for millions of dollars. wsj.com (See also Michael Flynn, Corruption)|
|2017.11.11||A Trump nominee, a 36-year-old lawyer who has never tried a case and who was unanimously deemed “not qualified” by the American Bar Association has been approved for a lifetime federal district judgeship by the Senate Judiciary Committee. nytimes.com (See also Assaults on Government, Legal Issues)|
|2017.11.14||Congressional lawmakers raised concerns about Donald Trump's ability to use nuclear weapons during a hearing Capitol Hill amid bipartisan anxiety over launch process procedures and indications that the administration has considered the option of a first strike on North Korea. cnn.com (See also North Korea)|
|2017.11.19||The top U.S. nuclear commander said on Saturday that he would resist President Donald Trump if he ordered an "illegal" launch of nuclear weapons. nytimes.com (See also Department of Defense)|
|2017.11.20||At dinner at a lobbying hotspot with a powerful tech CEO, the national security adviser said the president has the intelligence of a “kindergartner,” according to sources. buzzfeed.com (See also H.R. McMaster)|
|2017.11.23||NY Attorney General Schneiderman estimated that hundreds of thousands of Americans’ identities were stolen and used in spam campaigns that support repealing net neutrality, while a new analysis reveals that at least 1.3 million comments supporting the new FCC position on net neutrality were fake. hackernoon.com (See also Legal Issues, Assaults on Civil Liberties)|
|2017.11.24||A State Department exodus marks a new stage in the broken and increasingly contentious relationship between Rex W. Tillerson and much of his work force. nytimes.com (See also Department of State, Rex Tillerson)|
|2017.11.24||Donald Trump named his budget director as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's acting leader (an agency he vowed to destroy), despite the fact that he's still the budget director and after its departing leader had taken steps to install his own choice for acting chief. nytimes.com (See also Assaults on Government)|
|2017.11.26||Leandra English, the woman at the center of a White House battle for control of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, filed a lawsuit against Donald Trump's pick to lead the watchdog agency. washingtonpost.com (See also Assaults on Government, Legal Issues)|
|2017.11.30||Donald Trump attacked British Prime Minister Theresa May over her criticism of his racist, Islamophobic far-right retweets. theguardian.com (See also Unpresidential Behavior, Racism, Belief in Conspiracy Theories, Nationalism)|
|2017.12.03||As the F.B.I.’s Russia investigation draws closer to him, President Trump on Sunday unleashed an extraordinary assault on the nation’s premier law enforcement agency, calling it a biased institution whose reputation for fairness was “in tatters.” nytimes.com (See also Unpresidential Behavior, False Statements, Russian Meddling in Election, Michael Flynn)|
|2017.12.03||Jared Kushner failed to disclose his role as a co-director of the Charles and Seryl Kushner Foundation from 2006 to 2015, a time when the group funded an Israeli settlement considered to be illegal under international law, on financial records he filed with the Office of Government Ethics earlier this year. newsweek.com (See also Jared Kushner, Israel, False Statements)|
Yet another omission was discovered on Jared Kushner’s financial disclosure forms Friday, as news broke of his reported involvement in attempting to sway a U.N. Security Council vote before Donald Trump became president.
|2017.12.04||Donald Trump endorsed a Senate candidate accused of child molestation, as nine women have accused Judge Roy Moore of sexual harassment, including some who were teenagers at the time the misconduct took place. buzzfeed.com (See also Unpresidential Behavior)|
|2017.12.04||The Trump Administration is considering a set of proposals developed by Blackwater founder Erik Prince (Betsy DeVos' brother) and a retired CIA officer — with assistance from Oliver North — to provide CIA Director Mike Pompeo and the White House with a global, private spy network that would circumvent official U.S. intelligence agencies, as a means of countering “deep state” enemies. theintercept.com (See also Mike Pompeo, Assaults on Civil Liberties)|
The creation of such a program raises the possibility that the effort would be used to create an intelligence apparatus to justify the Trump administration's political agenda.
|2017.12.05||Defying every major ally besides Israel, Donald Trump officially recognized Jerusalem as its capital, breaking a longstanding international consensus to refrain from doing this until Israel brokers a peace agreement with the Palestinians. buzzfeed.com (See also Israel, Foreign Policy)|
|2017.12.05||Donald Trump plans to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the American Embassy there, upending nearly seven decades of American foreign policy and potentially destroying his efforts to broker peace between Israel and the Palestinians. nytimes.com (See also Israel, Jared Kushner, Muslims)|
|2017.12.05||Donald Trump’s voter fraud commission, after this summer's sweeping request to state officials to submit voter data, plans to create a massive voter database, which could be manipulated, leading the administration to wrongfully purge legitimate voters. washingtonpost.com (See also Fascism, Voter Suppression, Voter Fraud)|
|2017.12.06||House Democrats overwhelmingly joined Republicans on Wednesday to defeat an attempt to impeach Donald Trump, but 58 Democrats supported the bid to consider impeachment over the objections of House Democratic leaders, who viewed the measure as a distraction in a Republican-controlled Congress. politico.com (See also Racism, Anti-Semitism)|
|2017.12.15||For five painfully awkward minutes, a Republican senator pressed judicial nominee Matthew Petersen on his legal knowledge and lack of courtroom experience. washingtonpost.com (See also Legal Issues, Assaults on Government)|