Peter Overby

Peter Overby appears in the following:

Federal Judge Seems Sympathetic To Anti-Corruption Case Against President Trump

Friday, January 26, 2018

Lawyers for Maryland and the District of Columbia argued in court Thursday that President Trump is violating the Constitution's Emoluments Clause. They left the preliminary hearing feeling confident.


1 Emoluments Clause Lawsuit Is Dismissed, Trump Faces Others In 2018

Friday, January 19, 2018

Several lawsuits filed last year allege Donald Trump violated the Constitution's Emoluments Clause as he entangles the presidency with his businesses. One suit has been dismissed.


For 1 Attorney, A Lonely Legal Fight To Make Trump Comply With Rules

Monday, January 15, 2018

Attorney Jeffrey Lovitky took it upon himself last year to sue Trump. "It is intimidating," he says. Still, he's suing again, saying he has a duty to push for compliance with various ethics rules.


Emoluments Lawsuit Against Trump Dismissed

Friday, December 22, 2017

A federal judge in Manhattan has dismissed a lawsuit alleging that President Trump is violating the Constitution's foreign emoluments clause. The judge said the plaintiffs lack standing to sue.


Survey Shows Americans Expressing Greater Concern About Government Corruption

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Almost one year after President Trump took office, an international watchdog has found that Americans are much more cynical about corruption in the White House and government.


Tax Bill Could Offer New Way To Funnel Political Cash — And Make It Tax-Deductible

Friday, December 08, 2017

Big-money donors can already donate anonymously through social welfare groups. If Congress keeps a provision in the House tax bill, it would allow charitable organizations to play politics.


Trump Wine: Local Promotion Or Presidential Product Placement?

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Ninety miles west of the White House, the National Park Service was selling Trump Wine at Shenandoah National Park — raising questions about Park Service rules and presidential influence.


'Drain The Swamp'? Hardly. Washington Appears More Stuck In The Muck Than Ever

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

"We have dysfunction in Congress; we have dysfunction, I think, in the presidency; and we have dysfunction in the lobbying community" — reform lobbyist Meredith McGehee


Has Trump Been Able To Drain The Swamp Like He Said He Would?

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The Washington swamp is swampier than ever. Ethics issues plague Congress and the White House, and special counsel Robert Mueller's probe has reached into the lobbying world.


Federal Judge Hears Arguments In Emoluments Clause Lawsuit Against Trump

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Today, attorneys for businesses saying they are being hurt by the Trump Hotel in D.C. told a federal judge why they should have standing to sue for enforcement of the Constitution's Emoluments Clause. The White House attorneys said the businesses have no standing to bring such a suit. The judge said he intends to rule in 30 to 60 days.


The Court Challenge Begins: Is Trump Taking Unconstitutional Emoluments?

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

On Wednesday, a federal judge will hear arguments in a case that asks: Is President Trump taking the kind of benefits banned by the Constitution? Step 1 is deciding whether plaintiffs have standing.


IRS Audit Counters Claims Of 'Witch Hunt' Targeting Conservatives

Thursday, October 05, 2017

An inspector general for the IRS has found the agency went after many progressive as well as conservative groups in 2013, casting a shadow on GOP efforts to punish the agency for a "witch hunt."


Who Controls Think Tanks? Shift In Funding Highlights Changes In The Industry

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Increasingly, wealthy business people are funding think tanks. As one political scientist notes, they tend to "want to know exactly what they're getting for their dollars' worth."


Lawsuit Against Trump Starts The Battle To Define 'Emolument'

Monday, September 11, 2017

Ethics watchdogs are preparing for their lawsuit alleging President Trump is violating the Constitution's foreign emoluments clause. But this renews the controversy over what defines an emolument?


Trump Continues To Brush Aside Conflicts Of Interest

Thursday, August 24, 2017

President Trump and his White House seem to have settled into a routine of dismissing the ethics laws. So when he plugged his Charlottesville winery at a last week, the pitch hardly made headlines.


Calls To Investigate Clinton Pose A Challenge To U.S. Political Norms

Thursday, August 03, 2017

President Trump and some GOP lawmakers want an investigation into Hillary Clinton and other figures from the Obama era. But a probe of a defeated candidate is not the norm in American democracy.


Jared Kushner Is In The Spotlight. But Is He In the Tradition Of American Nepotism?

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Because of his many roles at the White House, President Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner draws controversy. Previous presidents hired family members too, but those staffers had political experience.


Trump's Third Home Away From Home To Cost Taxpayers Millions

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Bedminster, the New Jersey town that President Trump often visits, has been designated an official presidential residence and will receive $41 million in federal funds to help cover security costs.


As Team Trump Lawyers Up, Who's Paying The Attorney Fees?

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

President Trump's re-election campaign paid Donald Trump Jr.'s lawyer $50,000. White House lawyers are paid government salaries, by taxpayers, but it's unknown how the private lawyers are being paid.


Trump Re-Election Campaign Pays For Trump Jr.'s Lawyer

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The Trump family has been hiring lawyers to defend themselves against various potential charges involving Russian contacts. But who is paying those legal fees?