Healthy democracies have strong independent institutions, such as law enforcement and the civil service, that are expected to operate based on facts and law and not the personal or political preferences of a power-hungry ruler. We are working to keep these institutions independent and strong.
Taking on the Threat
As Americans, we have strong tools rooted in our Constitution and system of checks and balances to prevent our democracy from declining into a more authoritarian form of government. With experience upholding the guardrails of democracy in the American government, and working with experts who study the rise and fall of democracies around the world, we’ve identified key areas of risk that need our immediate attention. Here is what we’re doing to Protect our Democracy in each of those key areas:
Politicizing Independent Institutions
Trump’s Acts Show the Urgent Need to Curb the Imperial Presidency
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Protect Democracy Statement and Resources on News That Attorney General William Barr has Received the Mueller Report
Ian Bassin, Executive Director of Protect Democracy, released the following statement today in response to news that Special Counsel Robert Mueller sent a report on his investigation to Attorney General William Barr: “Our Democracy only works if people have the facts to hold their leaders accountable. Attorney General…
Protecting the Independence of the Justice Department: Key Requirements for the Next Attorney General
On December 14, 2018, Protect Democracy provided Senate Judiciary Committee members with a statement outlining key commitments Attorney General-designate William Barr must make during the Senate confirmation process. These include pledges to: enforce long-standing policies limiting White House interference with the Department of Justice (DOJ). protect the independence…
Senators File Suit Challenging Whitaker’s Unlawful Appointment as Acting Attorney General
In a complaint filed today in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Senators lay out the constitutional case for their authority to provide advice & consent on who serves as U.S. Attorney General [WASHINGTON, DC] – On November 19th, 2018, U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT),…