Presidential Secrecy from Washington to Trump

Archon Fung
Monday, February 6, 2017 - 6:00pm
Ash Center for Democratic Governance & Innovation

A conversation with
Norman L. Eisen
Fellow, The Brookings Institution
U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic (2011 – 2014)
Special Assistant and Special Counsel to the President for Ethics and Government Reform (2009-2011)
Mary Graham
Co-Director, Transparency Policy Project, Ash Center, Harvard Kennedy School
Author, Presidents’ Secrets: The Use and Abuse of Hidden Power
Archon Fung (moderator)
Ford Foundation Professor of Democracy and Citizenship and Academic Dean, Harvard Kennedy School

Norman L. Eisen, a fellow at the Brookings Institute and the former U.S. ambassador to the Czech Republic, and Mary Graham, co-director of the Transparency Policy Project at the Ash Center, joined moderator Archon Fung, Academic Dean of the Kennedy School, for a historical conversation on Presidential secrecy, ethics, and transparency. The panelists discussed a wide range of transparency in the young Trump administration through a historical lens, discussing topics such as tax returns, personal health, and financial disclosures. The panelists also took questions from the audience on e-mail and cell phone security as well as the role of the media in ensuring government transparency.