For 40 years, White Houses led by Presidents of both parties have maintained policies limiting interference in law enforcement matters. As our memo on White House – agency contacts explains, detailed rules governing White House officials’ contacts with the Department of Justice (DOJ) on matters involving specific parties have been in place in every White House since Watergate.

The Trump Administration is trampling on this well-established, bipartisan norm. 

In response, we called on the White House to make public their agency contacts policy (which they did), expand the policy, and enforce it. We have issued multiple freedom of information requests to disclose changes to contacts policies and to monitor whether agencies are adhering to those policies. We are now suing DOJ and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to force them to disclose political interference from the White House on law enforcement matters, and in a separate suit, DOJ to disclose White House pressure to prosecute Hillary Clinton.

Select Previous White House Policies on Contacts with DOJ and other Agencies

Previous Department of Justice Policies on Contacts with the White House

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