warren's way
March 27, 2019

Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe may be on its last legs, but Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) isn't done sniffing out possible corruption.

On Wednesday, Warren led a coalition of 30 Democrats in reintroducing what's called the Presidential Conflicts of Interest Act in the Senate. The bill would require the president, vice president, and their families to disclose and divest from potential conflicts of interests, and adds to Warren's bevvy of policies and promises she's compiled so far in her 2020 run.

Warren first proposed the act with 23 other senators in January 2017, and picked up a few more supporters — including all the Democratic senators running for president — this time around. It follows her 2018 anti-corruption act that would crack down on lobbying and boost government transparency, and a few probes into other alleged conflicts of interest in the Trump administration.

This act in particular is a very clear rebuke of President Trump, seeing as Warren explicitly said in a Wednesday statement that "corruption has always been the central stain of this presidency." If enacted before Trump's term ends, it would force him to completely disclose his business investments and put potential conflicting interests in a blind trust. Violating the act would be an impeachable offense.

The conflicts of interest bill is also an obvious follow-up to the largely-wrapped Mueller report, from which Attorney General William Barr declined to indict the president, The Washington Post's Greg Sargent writes. Interest in Trump's alleged corruption is at its peak, giving Warren momentum to press this bill further than it got before, Sargent explains.

Read Sargent's breakdown of the bill at The Washington Post, or read Warren's whole proposal here. Kathryn Krawczyk

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