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The ACLU Has Already Filed Its First Legal Action Against President Donald Trump 

by Stacey Leasca

January 20, 2017

On Friday, January 20, the United States awoke to the inauguration of our next president, Donald J. Trump. At high noon, Trump—a man who has polarized the nation over the last 18 months—was officially sworn in. But before he placed his hand on the bible to swear to God above, before he walked out at the Lincoln Memorial, and quite possibly before he even got out of bed, the American Civil Liberties Union had already filed its first legal action against the man who will hold the highest office in the land for at least the next four years. 

“The ACLU is demanding access to key documents concerning Trump’s conflicts of interest. The public has a right to know—and we need your help to make sure we get the full story,” the union said in a statement. 

The statement additionally reads: 

“The ACLU filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the Office of Government Ethics and three other government offices. FOIA is a crucial tool for ordinary Americans to provide checks and balances on elected officials—this won’t be our last one.”

For context, a Freedom of Information Act is a law giving all citizens the right to access information from the federal government. Meaning anyone can file, and everyone has the right to ask. 

From here, the ACLU wants your help by adding your name to its list of people asking for this information to be released. As of noon eastern time nearly 90,000 people have signed the petition

For a quick guide to the conflicts of interests we already know about, head over to our friends at The Atlantic and read up. 

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The ACLU Has Already Filed Its First Legal Action Against President Donald Trump