Trump’s White House is exempting some of the corrupt liars in the administration, including Kellyanne Conway, Reince Priebus and Steve Bannon, from following ethics rules.
At the end of January, Donald Trump issued an executive order on ethics. The order was meant to prevent conflicts of interest for members of the administration. But now those ethics rules have been waived for multiple people, according to records the White House posted Wednesday night.
“About a week after taking office, Trump signed an executive order restricting the role of lobbyists in his administration and limiting the work government employees could do relating to former clients and former employers. However, the newly disclosed waivers show how often the White House has set those rules aside in order to allow key staffers to oversee issues they worked on in the private sector.”
Trump Senior Adviser Kellyanne Conway is one person who’s received a waiver. Her waiver allows her to have “communications and meetings involving former clients which are political, advocacy, trade, or non-profit organizations.” Some of Kellyanne’s clients include the American Conservative Union, Catholic University, FreedomWorks, and Americans for Prosperity.
White House Counsel Don McGahn has also issued an undated media waiver for high-profile White House aides allowing them to interact with news outlets even if the officials have prior ties to those outlets.
Chief Strategist Stephen Bannon is another person who’s been exempted from ethics rules. Bannon’s waiver allows him to work with the alt-right Breitbart, even while other news outlets have been excluded.
White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus also got a waiver allowing him to “participate in communications and meetings involving the Republican National Committee.”
Multiple lobbyists have also been granted waivers. Trump has said a million times that lobbyists would not be allowed to work in government positions in the subject area on which they previously lobbied. He lied.
Noah Bookbinder of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington said,
“The ethics waivers the White House finally released reveal what we already suspected: that this administration is chock full of senior officials working on issues on which they lobbied, meeting with companies in which they have a financial interest, or working closely with former employers.”
“No one has believed for months that this president or his administration had any interest in ethics, but these waivers make clear the remarkable extent to which they are comfortable mixing their own personal interests with the country’s. It’s no wonder they waited for the cover of night to release them.”
The president of Public Citizen Robert Weissman also criticized the waivers saying,
“For the Trump White House, even its own, highly touted ethics rules are no more than an inconvenience to be waived aside if they interfere with corporate business as usual.”
“[The waivers] vastly exceed the number issued in the early months of the Obama administration and — more importantly — authorize conflicts not permitted in the Obama administration, signify both the corporate takeover of the government and the Trump administration’s utter disregard for ethical standards.”
So hey, Trump supporters…..how’s that whole drain the swamp thing working out for you?
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