Harvard petition demands scrutiny of ex-Trump officials

Collin Binkley, AP
Associated Press

Excerpt: Boston — A petition circulating at Harvard University demands new accountability standards for former Trump administration officials who seek to work or speak on campus, an idea that has drawn outrage from prominent conservatives. The online open letter calls for a new “system of accountability” to review top political appointees who served under Republican President Donald Trump and could come to campus as professors, fellows or speakers after Trump leaves office. Those who failed to uphold traditional democratic principles should be disqualified, the petition says. “A complete disregard for the truth is a defining feature of many decisions made by this administration,” according to the petition. “That alone should be enough to draw a line.”