Corruption

House Judiciary hires attorneys who have argued for Trump impeachment

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler
House Judiciary Committee chairman Jerrold Nadler. Photo: Cheriss May/NurPhoto via Getty Images

House Judiciary chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) said Tuesday his panel has retained two high profile white collar lawyers to provide advice to Democrats and explore legal and ethics inquiries involving President Trump and his administration.

Why it matters: Nadler did not disclose many details about the inquiries Norman Eisen, a former Obama administration ethics czar and watchdog, and Barry Berke, a prominent criminal defense attorney, would be involved with. However, both are vocal Trump critics and have published writings outlining a case for impeaching or indicting the president for obstructing justice, CNN reports.

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U.S. tumbles in international corruption report

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The U.S. dropped out of the top 20 "cleanest" countries in the annual Corruption Perception Index released by international watchdog Transparency International on Tuesday, its first time out of the top 20 since 2011, per the AP.

Why it matters: The group called the U.S.' four-point drop since 2017 "a red flag and comes at a time when the U.S. is experiencing threats to its system of checks and balance, as well as an erosion of ethical norms at the highest levels of power." It also added that, should the trend continue, it could indicate "a serious corruption problem in a country that has taken a lead on the issue globally."

Go deeper: U.S. democracy has "sharpest one-year drop" in 40 years

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