CNN Politics Features LDAD’s Official Launch


A newly formed group of lawyers is pushing the nonpartisan legal community — including members of Congress — to call out what they say is President Donald Trump’s continued abuse of constitutional, political and democratic values and norms.

“We are sounding an overdue wake-up call to our elected officials but, above all, the allegedly independent, nonpartisan profession we all share,” said Lawyers Defending American Democracy president and former two-term Massachusetts Attorney General Scott Harshbarger in a statement. “The general silence of and seeming acquiescence by, law firm, bar and law school leaders as well as elected law enforcement and legal officers, is absolutely deafening.”

Lawyers Defending American Democracy has just penned an open lettercalling about those ignored norms and urging nonpartisan action.

More than 200 attorneys around the country signed the open letter to Trump, including Gary Ratner, former associate general counsel for litigation at HUD; former Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Fernande RV Duffly; and former First Assistant Attorney General of Massachusetts John T. Montgomery.

The group will formally announce its launch on Thursday morning.