Caroline Fredrickson

  • June 18, 2018

    by Caroline Fredrickson

    The FBI Director Christopher Wray and Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz are on the hot seat. This week Senate and House panels plan to grill these officials about FBI’s decision-making in the probe into presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server.

    I noted in a recent USA Today opinion that lawmakers conducting responsible oversight over Department of Justice should take care to avoid adding to the chaos and confusion created by the President’s ludicrous claim that he’s “totally exonerated” in the Russia probe by the IG report.The substantive allegations that Special Counsel Mueller is reviewing regarding collusion with Russia and obstruction of justice were not the subject of the IG report, and it is inappropriate to conflate these matters.

  • May 23, 2018
    Guest Post

    by Caroline Fredrickson

    The Justice Department is unique among Cabinet agencies. Unlike the Department of Education and Department of Energy, it must be independent from the White House. The reason is simple: The Attorney General, not the president, is the nation’s highest law enforcement officer with authority to investigate public corruption, money laundering and other issues.

    Trump is a threat to the independence of the top law enforcement and domestic intelligence agency.

    We are watching a slow-motion Saturday Night Massacre. Why terminate investigators when you can engage in the “most sustained smear campaign against honest government officials since Senator Joe McCarthy’s attacks of the 1950s?”

  • April 20, 2018
    Guest Post

    by Caroline Fredrickson, ACS President

    Firing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein or any investigator in the Russia probe without cause would clearly create a constitutional crisis. We must get ready to respond now. That’s why I asked the Federalist Society to join us “in a united effort to avert a constitutional crisis relating to Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election” in a letter, covered by Reuters, The Hill and Above the Law.

    And today over 400 ACS law students pledged “to ensure nobody is above the law” if Trump attempts to undermine Special Counsel Mueller. “If the Special Counsel or Deputy Attorney General is fired, we will find our voice and use it,” stated the student letter.

    President Trump and his enablers have engaged in a nine-month long smear campaign against the inquiry into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. The aim of the campaign against the Mueller investigation – the most successful attack against officials in the executive branch since Joe McCarthy – is clear: obstruction of justice. We are watching a slow-motion Saturday Night Massacre.

    In a recent editorial, appropriately titled “The President Is Not Above the Law,” the New York Times concluded that “if the president does move against the investigators, it will be up to Congress to affirm the rule of law, the separation of powers and the American constitutional order.”

  • April 10, 2018
    Guest Post

    by Caroline Fredrickson

    April 10, Equal Pay Day, marks the recognition that women today earn on average 80 cents for every dollar paid to men. The date is of significance since it reflects the gender wage gap – as American women must work an added four months to match her male counterparts’ salary of the year prior. It’s important to note that African-American women earn 67 cents for every dollar paid to their white male counterparts and that Latina women make 54 cents for every dollar a white man makes.

  • March 29, 2018
    Guest Post

    by Caroline Fredrickson

    This week ACS joined forces with the National Consumers League to mark the 80th anniversary of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938.

    During an all-day symposium at the Georgetown University Law Center, we celebrated successes – like the recent victory that hourly workers and advocates had last week codifying a 2011 U.S. Department of Labor rule stating that tips are the property of the worker who earns them and not their employers.  Last week’s tip rule amended the FLSA. We discussed other legal frameworks that we need to change and update to meet the needs of our 21st century workforce.