- Norman Eisen and Fred Wertheimer: Carl Icahn, named an adviser to President Trump, is pushing for a rule change that would save one of his companies hundreds of millions of dollars
- President Trump should be honest with the public about how his multibillionaire friend is influencing regulation policies, they say
Former Ambassador Norman L. Eisen, a CNN contributor, is a fellow at The Brookings Institution and served as President Obama's "Ethics Czar" from 2009--11. Fred Wertheimer is the Founder and President of Democracy 21, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that seeks to promote government accountability and integrity. The opinions expressed in this commentary are theirs.
(CNN)Carl Icahn, a close friend of President Trump, is a multibillionaire businessman and investor who was named during the transition to serve as "a special advisor to the President on issues relating to regulatory reform." He is strongly opposed to government regulations, and in particular, to one that affects his huge business interests -- including a rule that costs one of the companies he controls hundreds of millions of dollars.