Trump’s evangelical advisory board violates the law, advocacy group argues in new filing

Aug 31, 2018

By Lori Johnston

Days after President Trump hosted his latest gathering to laud and listen to evangelical pastors at the White House, an advocacy group is claiming that the president’s evangelical advisory board operates in secret, in violation of the Federal Advisory Committee Act.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State planned to file a letter on Thursday demanding that the evangelical advisory board cease and desist until it complies with the law.

“We are tired of watching him give unprecedented access and influence to one religious group. And we’re tired of the secrecy. We’re asking them to shut down,” said Americans United President and CEO Rachel Laser.

The organization’s letter, exclusively provided to The Washington Post, was addressed to White House Counsel Donald McGahn, the Office of Public Liaison, the General Services Administration and Johnnie Moore, the spokesman of the evangelical advisory board.

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2 comments on “Trump’s evangelical advisory board violates the law, advocacy group argues in new filing

  • That sort of thing should be tackled at the political level, in parliament, or on the streets, or both. If you win in court they just attack the courts and appoint judges who know what is wanted from them. If you win politically at least they have to accept the victory – albeit with churlish begrudgery. It’s much harder to overturn a statutory law, particularly in the US, than it is to overturn a court decision. The courts there are increasingly occupied by packed juries and benches of placemen.



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  • eejit #1
    Sep 2, 2018 at 5:38 am

    That sort of thing should be tackled at the political level, in parliament, or on the streets, or both.

    In the UK Westminster Parliament, we still have some CofE bishops in the (upper chamber) House of Lords, but they do keep proper public records of what is said in committees and debates.



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