The news was dominated this week by the school shooting in Florida and the Mueller indictments. But there were 4 other big stories that broke about Trump administration scandals that you need to know.
With this administration, there are so many scandals that it can be hard to keep up. Especially in a week like we just had with yet another mass school shooting and more Mueller indictments dominating the news.
A lot happened this week that had nothing to do with guns or indictments. There were four big stories that you probably missed about new scandals in the Trump administration.
1. Veterans Affairs Secretary In Big Trouble
On Wednesday, the Associated Press reported,
“Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin improperly accepted Wimbledon tennis tickets and his staff lied that he was getting an award in order to justify his wife accompanying him at taxpayer expense on an 11-day European trip that mixed business and sightseeing, according to a blistering government investigation released Wednesday.”
In addition to Shulkin being in trouble, several top VA staffers now stand accused of illegally doctoring emails to make up a fake awards ceremony to justify Shulkin’s wife being on the trip.
So far, at least one Republican, Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO), is calling for Shulkin’s resignation.
Despite this reporting, Shulkin insists that he’s done nothing wrong. He says the real scandal here is that top officials in his agency are conspiring against him.
2. Department of Education Now Refusing To Hear Transgendered Bathroom Complaints
On Monday, Buzzfeed reported,
“The Education Department has told BuzzFeed News it won’t investigate or take action on any complaints filed by transgender students who are banned from restrooms that match their gender identity, charting new ground in the Trump administration’s year-long broadside against LGBT rights.”
For months, the Department of Education under Betsy DeVos has said that they were “studying” the issue. But now they have determined that they won’t even look into helping transgendered students who are being discriminated against in their schools.
The position of the administration is that transgendered students are not covered by Title IX of the Civil Rights Act. Title IX covers equal treatment in public schools based on gender.
But, according to two federal appeals courts, Title IX DOES cover transgendered students’ rights to use the restroom that matches their gender identity.
3. Scott Pruitt Says He Can’t Fly Coach Because People Were Mean To Him
This is the second travel scandal this week. But this is also the corrupt Trump administration we’re talking about here — so it’s pretty much just par for the course.
The Washington Post reported on Sunday that Pruitt has been spending lavishly on first class travel, costing the taxpayers hundreds of thousands of extra dollars.
Then on Thursday, Politico reported,
“EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s security team decided last year he should fly first class to avoid confrontations with angry individuals on planes and in airports, an agency official said Thursday as EPA sought to explain the chief’s penchant for pricey travel.”
Pruitt is trying to claim that he’s in danger when he flies coach because some people have yelled at him. One passenger reportedly shouted at him, “Scott Pruitt, you’re fucking up the environment.”
The fact is, he IS fucking up the environment. But, apparently, the little snowflake doesn’t like being called out about it.
4. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Drops Lawsuit Against Payday Lender Charging 950% Interest Rates
Mick Mulvaney is the interim director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. And it was reported this week that he has ordered staffers to drop a lawsuit they’ve been working on for many years against a major predatory payday lender.
The CFPB has been building a case against Golden Valley Lending, which is an online lending company that has been accused of illegally charging people 950% interest.
But on Monday, NPR reported that Mulvaney ordered the agency to drop the case. CFPB officials had hoped to use the case to win back some of the money that had been swindled from consumers.
Recently, at least one person associated with Golden Valley Lending was convicted on racketeering charges in another case the CFPB was working on against a different payday lender. This raises many questions about why Mulvaney would choose now to drop the case against Golden Valley.