Obama Lawyers Unite to Launch Legal Attacks Against Trump Administration

Barack Obama
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Lawyers who worked with former President Barack Obama have formed a nonprofit called United to Protect Democracy, which aims at filing lawsuits against President Donald Trump's administration.

The group plans to investigate Trump, give information to the press to build the pressure for Congressional investigations, and eventually file lawsuits, Politico reported on Thursday.

The leader of the group and former associate White House counsel Ian Bassin warned that democracies don't end quickly. He said they often "decline over a period of years that happen through a series of much smaller steps," in an apparent suggestion that the Trump administration would contribute to that decline.

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United to Protect Democracy has already filed 50 Freedom of Information Act requests, and seeks to create a place for whistleblowers in the Trump administration.

Bassin reportedly received support from a "huge network" from other Obama lawyers.  Politico reported that his group had a $1.5 million operating budget, and plans to double its staff of five "in the coming months."