A defining feature of the last administration was the abuse of Executive power. Biden promised to correct the deviation. While he has taken several important steps in the right direction, more needs to be done. Gareth Fowler, Martha Kinsella and Alexa Askari had this information in Brennan Center for Justice. Here is an excerpt:
President Biden came into office six months ago on a promise to strengthen democratic institutions. Since then, his administration has taken several critical steps to revitalize norms that successfully guided many past administrations, but there is much more work to be done.
Repeated abuse of executive power, government officials’ unethical conduct, and politicization of government functions have eroded public trust. A core tenet of our democracy — that no one is above the law — must be restored. Fortunately, a presidential administration dedicated to accountability can do much to rebuild confidence and check abuses of power.
On his first day in office, Biden issued an executive order requiring an enforceable ethics pledge from all executive branch appointees that experts have praised for addressing gaps left by the Obama and Trump administrations. Biden also returned to pre-Trump norms by voluntarily disclosing his tax returns and promising that none of his family members would “be involved in any government undertaking or foreign policy.”
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Recent abuses demonstrate the need for long-term solutions to restore the rule of law.