One of former President Barack Obama’s White House lawyers just got a team of legal experts together in a plan to take down the Trump regime.
The group called “United to Protect Democracy,” got their name from Obama’s farewell address and have already raised over $1.5 million.
The group leader, Ian Bassin, spoke with Politico where he noted that the Trump years may be the years American democracy sinks or swims.
“When people hear concerns about democracies declining into authoritarianism, they expect that moment to come in a singular thunderclap where everyone can see that this is the time,” Bassin said. “In reality, often times, democracies decline over a period of years that happen through a series of much smaller steps.”
The group has already filed almost 50 Freedom of Information Act requests to multiple federal agencies, hoping to confirm what they suspect about Trump’s multiple conflicts of interest.
Their plan is to use the information they receive and share it with members of Congress and the media, ultimately leading to an investigation that would get Donald Trump impeached.
“It’s really important for a bunch of people to shine the light on this question, to make very clear when autocrats are starting in any way to detract from democratic institutions,” Harvard legal scholar Yascha Mounk, who has been advising the group, told Politico.
“As people who had the privilege of serving at the highest level of our government, we understand those guardrails, where people might come up against them and what the tools are that we have as private citizens to hold our government accountable,” Bassin said.