Questions For Sean Spicer’s “First Official” White House Press Briefing

There will be fireworks. Will there be answers?

Apparently, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer is giving himself a do-over after his disastrous Saturday White House press briefing by declaring this afternoon’s press conference the “first official” one. Spicer’s performance on Saturday was the briefing that launched a thousand memes and his flat-out lies about President Trump’s inauguration crowd size spurred #SpicerFacts and #AlternativeFacts.

As the press corps prepares for round two with a White House Press Secretary and an administration that has demonstrated it will lie about even the most trivial facts, American Bridge Vice President Shripal Shah is calling for attention to breaking news counterintelligence officials have investigated Donald Trump’s National Security Advisor Michael Flynn’s communications with Russia.

“Sean Spicer’s credibility with the press is already circling the drain,” said American Bridge Vice President Shripal Shah. “At today’s briefing, he must answer serious questions about Donald Trump’s ties to Putin and […]

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American Bridge’s #TrumpMustSell Petition Signed by 75,000+ People

Following the groundswell of grassroots support behind American Bridge’s petition demanding that Donald Trump sell his assets—signed by more than 75,000 people—and in light of the lawsuit filed this morning against Donald Trump for violating the Constitution, American Bridge President Jessica Mackler released the following statement:

“The American people are demanding that Donald Trump sell off his assets in his businesses or risk an unprecedented constitutional crisis. It’s unethical and, frankly, unconstitutional that Donald Trump and his family continue to make millions from his businesses and foreign interests while he serves in public office—it’s an abuse of power, plain and simple.

“Donald Trump must sell his stake in every business he owns or profits from, and he needs to show us all the money and release his tax returns. Until he does, Trump is in clear violation of the Constitution and his responsibilities to the American people.”

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Donald Trump Violates The Constitution On Day One

Donald Trump Violates The Constitution On Day One

Trump’s refusal to sell his stake in his business is causing a constitutional crisis

It has only been a few minutes since Donald Trump raised his right hand and swore to uphold the Constitution, but he has already violated his oath of office. By failing to sell his business and separate himself from innumerable foreign conflicts of interest, Trump is breaking the Constitution’s Emoluments Clause which bars payments from foreign leaders to government officials.

“Donald Trump started Day One of his presidency with a giant target on his back for foreign leaders looking to bribe their way into the Oval Office or dictate national security decisions,” said American Bridge President Jessica Mackler. “But he does not seem to care that this is against the law because it can mean billions for his bottom line.”

The Constitution’s Emoluments Clause is not an outdated relic from another era. […]

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So Mnuchin Just “Forgot” About $100 Million?

American Bridge Vice President Shripal Shah released the following statement on Steven Mnuchin’s failure to disclose hundreds of millions in assets and business holdings:

“Steve Mnuchin got rich foreclosing on American families and apparently was so good at it that he simply forgot about $100 million in assets he had in the Cayman Islands. Like so many other Trump nominees, Mnuchin’s ethically bankrupt and controversial past has disqualified him from serving, and it’s time Republicans stop rubber stamping these dangerous Cabinet picks.

“By slamming through Mnuchin, Senate Republicans are becoming accessories to Trump’s future corruption, helping him stack his Cabinet with shady billionaires who, like Trump, will rig the government to serve their own interests at the expense of the American people.”

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American Bridge Statement on Rick Perry’s Nomination Hearing

Ahead of Rick Perry’s nomination hearing before the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources today, American Bridge President Jessica Mackler released the following statement:

“Trump has nominated one of the least experienced, most unwitting nominees for Secretary of Energy in recent memory — a terrifying pick who will do little to stand between an unstable, erratic President and America’s nuclear weapons. Shockingly, it wasn’t until after his nomination that Perry learned that he responsible for maintaining America’s nuclear arsenal. Dare we say ‘oops’?

“Once promising to cut the Department of Energy, Perry has been bought and paid for by the fossil fuel industry and if confirmed, will have the ability to deregulate environmental protections, putting our children’s health and safety at risk. There are countless ways he could profit — and could add to Republican donors’ pockets — from his position while destroying clean energy jobs, undermining American competitiveness and […]

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American Bridge Statement on Steve Mnuchin’s Nomination Hearing

Ahead of Steve Mnuchin’s nomination hearing before the Finance Committee tomorrow, American Bridge President Jessica Mackler released the following statement:

“A predatory Wall Street banker, Steve Mnuchin takes a back seat to no one — with the possible exception of Donald Trump — when it comes to profiteering off the misery of the American people. When the recession hit, Mnuchin was there with his ‘foreclosure machine’ of a bank, putting millions of hardworking families out of their homes and making tens of millions of dollars for himself.

“In Steve Mnuchin, Donald Trump has found another Goldman Sachs executive to stack his #RiggedCabinet — someone who will roll back regulations and slash taxes for millionaires and billionaires, like himself, all while endangering the working families that bailed out Wall Street during the recession.

“Simply put, Mnuchin is a master of misfortune who stands ready to profit when the American people lose, and now Donald Trump […]

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Trump’s Budget Director Pick Can’t Manage A Household Budget

Rep. Mick Mulvaney, Trump’s pick to lead Office of Management and Budget, neglected “to pay more than $15,000 in payroll taxes for a household employee,” according to a New York Times report on Mulvaney’s disclosure of the discrepancy to the Senate Budget Committee.

The revelation stains Trump’s already ethically-marred transition just days before his inauguration, and it adds Mulvaney to a growing list of Trump Administration figures (and nominees) including Trump, himself, and Betsy DeVos, who have shady tax records, disclosure errors, or simply a refusal to release their tax returns.

American Bridge Vice President Shripal Shah issued the following statement on Mulvaney’s tax discrepancy:

“Trump’s pick for Budget director either purposefully avoided paying taxes he owed for a household employee, or he can’t be trusted to manage his own household budget. I don’t know which is worse, but both are disqualifying. Senators of both parties should call on Mulvaney to remove his name from […]

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