CREW has been described as a liberal funded watchdog group.
The attorneys general of Maryland and the District of Columbia on Monday held a press conference regarding their lawsuit against President Trump, which alleges that he violated the emoluments clauses.
However, the press conference was highjacked by the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), a George Soros-funded “watchdog” group that is providing pro bono assistance to the lawsuit, when its chairman took the podium to answer reporters’ questions.
The attorney general for the District of Columbia, Karl Racine, revealed during the press conference that CREW had provided “some excellent outside help” in bringing this lawsuit forward. CREW’s involvement in the lawsuit has been reported, but the extent of their involvement wasn’t known until this press conference.
A reporter followed up by asking the attorneys general about CREW’s partisan leaning.
“They don’t have a particular partisan bent,” Maryland’s Attorney General Brian Frosh interjected.
Frosh cited how CREW has both Republican and Democratic members, telling the reporter, “their view is both nonpartisan and right.”
The attorneys general then called on Norman L. Eisen, the chairman of CREW’s board, to address reporters’ questions about his organization’s involvement.
“I will say that it is a bipartisan legal team in the sense that, as the general stated, my vice-chair of CREW, Richard Painter, was the George W. Bush-era White House ethics czar,” Eisen told reporters.
“We’re very hopeful. We’ve heard from around the country from people Democratic, Republican, Independent, of every political stripe, how important this is,” Eisen continued.
Eisen concluded by saying that he is hopeful that Republican attorneys general will join the lawsuit, telling reporters “the Constitution knows no party.”
However, Eisen failed to mention that CREW has a well-documented partisan leaning.
Politico’s Ben Smith reported on the group in 2010 saying it is:
“One of a wave of new groups backed by liberal donors during the George W. Bush’s first term, in 2003, and helped turn it into a vehicle for assaults on largely – but not entirely – Republican targets on ethics charges.”
David Brock, a known Clinton attack dog, had previously served as the Chairman of CREW before stepping down in 2016. The group has previously been funded by George Soros’ Democracy Alliance until 2012.
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