Report: Americans Less Free Now Because Of Two Key Players
An independent watchdog that measure political rights and democratic institutions around the world has some bad news for Americans.
According to Business Insider, the report says the United States has less freedom because of President Donald Trump's administration and Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Freedom House's annual report measures freedom in terms of civil liberties and political rights by collecting data from media, research articles, government documents, and other sources.
Overall, the US's freedom rating dropped from 89 to 86, making America the 58th freest country in the world.
Freedom House said this was due to Robert Mueller's investigation gathering force, and Trump repeatedly defying ethical standards and making major policy decisions with little consultation and transparency.
In terms of defying ethical standards, Freedom House specifically mentioned Trump refusing to release his tax returns, "promoting his private business empire" in office, and "naming his daughter and son-in-law as presidential advisers."