Secured a nationwide injunction blocking border wall construction without congressional approval and helped enact power of the purse legislation to ensure future presidents cannot circumvent Congress.
Would-be authoritarians often abuse their power, using it to eliminate checks and balances, quash dissent, target already marginalized communities, and deepen political divisions.
The Constitution and the laws we have built around it provide tools to constrain authoritarian behavior. But many of the norms and guardrails that help define our democracy are not written into law and are not self-enforcing. Together these restraints must be exercised (and strengthened) to prevent government officials from abusing their power and to ensure the law applies equally to everyone, from the most powerful to the least.
- Uphold the principle that nobody is above the law.
- Ensure accountability for those who have attacked or undermined our democracy — regardless of their political standing.
- Ensure meaningful checks and balances on executive power.
- Stop abuses that target marginalized groups and their ability to participate in democracy.
- Protect the ability of the public and the press to voice dissenting views.
- Protect independent, non-politicized law enforcement and civil servant workforces.
Helped prevent a sitting president from politicizing the Department of Justice to interfere in an election, in part through a multi-year campaign organizing thousands of Department of Justice alumni.
Impact in the News
How to assess the difference between a political investigation and one bolstered by the rule of law.
May 9, 2023
Although presidential pardons are often controversial, Trump created an entirely new class: what Protect Democracy categorizes as “henchmen pardons.”
November 29, 2023
To get people to lose their aversion to violence, savvy authoritarians also dehumanize their enemies. That’s what Trump is doing.
November 14, 2023
Protecting the criminal justice system from Trump’s attempts to undermine it does not amount to “election interference,” but Judge Chutkan should consider moving up the trial date
November 8, 2023
Trump’s unfounded claims shouldn’t be allowed to delay his federal conspiracy trial
October 18, 2023
The Office of Personnel Management recently announced a proposed rule to reinforce protections for federal civil servants against Schedule F.
September 28, 2023
The Big Lie is the false claim that the 2020 election was stolen from Donald Trump and that the Republicans who affirmed Biden’s victory were part of a conspiracy to defeat their own party’s president
August 15, 2023
Four things commentators are getting wrong about the federal charges against Trump for conspiring to overturn the election.
August 14, 2023
The First Amendment’s almost absolute protections do not extend to the conduct alleged in the latest federal indictment against Donald Trump.
August 3, 2023
In the face of many unknowns, our democracy passed a critical test with Trump's indictment over January 6.
August 1, 2023
FBI Director Chris Wray's testimony this week on the politicization of law enforcement is critical. We need more of it.
July 11, 2023