Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington v. Donald J. Trump Amicus Brief


January 23, 2017 – CREW filed Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington v. Donald J. Trump with the District Court for the Southern District of New York to stop the president from violating the Constitution by illegally receiving payments from foreign governments.

The foreign emoluments clause of the Constitution prohibits Trump from receiving anything of value from foreign governments, including foreign government-owned businesses, without the approval of Congress.

On August 11, 2017, five groups of scholars, historians, former ethics officers, and members of Congress filed amicus briefs in support of CREW’s opposition to the DOJ’s motion to dismiss. 

"Amica Sarah P. Chayes respectfully moves for leave to file the accompanying amicus brief (attached hereto as Exhibit A) in the above-captioned case in support of Plaintiff's."

Corruption: Violent Extremism, Kleptocracy, and the Dangers of Failing Governance


JUNE 30, 2016


The issue of corruption should be central to foreign and international trade policy development and should inform the way U.S. assistance—military as well as civilian—is shaped.

I’d like to thank Chairman Corker for holding this important hearing. Just calling it has already had the salutary impact of challenging officials in the foreign policy and assistance communities to think through the implications of corruption for their operations. And my thanks also to Ranking Member Cardin for extending this invitation for me to testify today.

There is a growing recognition of the impact of corruption on the U.S. national interest.  Signs of the rising awareness can be found in recent official statements. “From the Arab Spring to Latin America,” wrote U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in May, “political turbulence has made clear that governments are unwise to shrug off their citizens’ growing concerns about corruption....It is long past time for the international community to treat corruption with the seriousness and attention it deserves.”


© 2018 by Sarah Chayes