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  • Judicial Watch: New Abedin Emails Reveal Top Clinton Foundation Executive Doug Band Sought Diplomati

    09/07/2016 6:58:47 PM PDT · by TakebackGOP · 40 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | 9/1/2016
    "The Abedin emails include a mid-August 2009, email exchange in which Band urges Abedin to follow up on a request from Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy to set up a meeting with then-Ambassador to Panama Barbara Stephenson on behalf of lobbyist Amb. Otto Reich, President Reagan’s ambassador to Venezuela who maintained high-level government positions during the tenure of both President George H.W. Bush and President George Bush. In early September, Ruddy then was contacted by State Department Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, Roberta S. Jacobson, at the behest of Band and Abedin, in reference to Ruddy’s...
  • Private Toll Operators Salivate Over Donald Trump’s Infrastructure Plan

    06/11/2017 11:05:39 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 129 replies
    The Intercept ^ | June 6, 2017 | Lee Fang
    Investors are hoping to seize upon the $1 trillion infrastructure plan proposed by President Donald Trump to transform the nation’s highways, bridges, and tunnels into assets they can monetize by adding tolls and other user fees.The Trump infrastructure plan, which the administration plans to roll out this week, is centered on the idea of “asset recycling,” which refers to the process of securing new infrastructure spending by leasing the operations of existing public property to private operators.The privatization-centered scheme has the nation’s largest toll operators salivating. Transurban, Cintra, and TransCore, three major toll operators, have retained federal lobbyists to influence...
  • Ethics Chief: Some Trump Nominees Push Back On Ethics Rules With ‘Ferocity’

    04/28/2017 8:14:44 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 7 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 4/28/2017 | Dana Liebelson
    WASHINGTON ― Some of the Trump administration’s nominees have pushed back against the government’s ethics requirements with “a ferocity we’ve not previously seen,” Walter Shaub, the director of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics, told a top White House lawyer in an email this week. Shaub was responding to Reince Priebus, President Donald Trump’s chief of staff, who, when asked on Fox News Wednesday why the White House has been slow to fill key positions, claimed that many nominees were “sitting and waiting for OGE.” “That’s not the case,” Shaub wrote in an email sent to Stefan Passantino, the White...
  • White House correspondent says Corker up to his ears in financial corruption.

    04/20/2017 3:17:25 PM PDT · by molewhacka · 19 replies
    Rocky Top Politics ^ | April 20, 2017 | Rocky Top Politics
    Yeah, for RTP there is nothing like the sweet smell of vindication. The crew here at Rocky Top has been reporting for months about what appeared to be numerous shady deals involving Sen. Bob Corker. You can see those posts here: - Special Report — The Corruption of Bob Corker (Part 1) – Coming up short in the ethics department. - The Corruption of Bob Corker – Part 1.5 – The Big Short, Corker Style. - Update: – Private Gains, Public Losses. - The Corruption of Bob Corker – Part 2 – Wells Fargo bails out Corker and his Cronies...
  • Breaking: Nunes steps aside on Russia investigation

    04/06/2017 6:45:04 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 264 replies
    twitter ^ | 04/06/2017 | Bradd Jaffy via twitter
    Devin Nunes to step aside from House Intel Russia investigation after ethics complaint Nunes statement at the link: https://twitter.com/BraddJaffy/status/849980499691003905
  • Devin Nunes Steps Aside; Ethics Committee Investigating for Spilling Secrets [!]

    04/06/2017 7:10:17 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 115 replies
    www.thedailybeast.com ^ | 04.06.17 8:23 AM ET | Tim Mak Tim Mak
    Rep. Devin Nunes said Thursday he is stepping aside as chairman of the House intelligence committee because he is under investigation by the House Ethics Committee for allegedly disclosing intelligence without proper authorization. "The charges are entirely false and politically motivated, and are being leveled just as the American people are beginning to learn the truth about the improper unmasking of the identities of U.S. citizens and other abuses of power," Nunes said in a statement, adding that the allegations against him are "baseless." Nunes said in a hastily-arranged press conference last month he had come into possession of classified...
  • NY Times: Pick Your Favorite Ethics Offender (Double bag barf alert)

    04/02/2017 2:46:35 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 21 replies
    NY Times ^ | April 1, 2017
    President Trump and his administration are offering the country a graduate-level course in the selling of the presidency. Much attention has focused on how Mr. Trump is using the White House for personal gain, but many other officials, including members of his family, friends and close aides, also stand to rake it in at the public’s expense. Mr. Trump has driven right over the Constitution by allowing foreign governments to funnel money to him through his hotels and golf courses, in violation of the emoluments clause. So it comes as no surprise that the people who work for him have...
  • Are Trump&CO promoting the denouement of business ethics?

    03/13/2017 5:02:29 AM PDT · by Bodega · 16 replies
    Quartz ^ | 1/13/2017 | Max de Haldevang, Heather Timmons
    The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act supports America’s fight against international business bribes and corporate favors. Intended to promote American business and foreign-policy ideals around the world, and give US companies a tool to battle corruption abroad, it has also helped other countries crack down on bribery, and has extracted billions of dollars in fines. The FCPA makes it illegal for US companies and people working abroad to engage in corrupt acts such as bribing officials. It bans foreign firms and people from doing the same in the US. American companies must keep accurate, transparent records and not hide payments in...
  • Preet Bharara leaves a legacy of ethics enforcement in New York that future attorneys should match

    03/11/2017 5:02:06 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 03/11/2017 | Errol Louis
    A man of his word, Preet Bharara ran afoul of a President who is a shameless, inveterate fabulist. In November, shortly after the election, Bharara met with then President-elect Donald Trump and his senior adviser, Jeff Sessions, who is now Attorney General. After the sitdown, Bharara told reporters in the lobby of Trump Tower that Trump and Sessions had given assurances he could remain U.S. attorney of the Southern District. Weeks later, to the surprise of absolutely no one, it turns out Trump's word, like the signage on his buildings, was made of cheap, bendable brass rather than valuable gold....
  • New bill would let companies force workers to get genetic tests, share results

    03/10/2017 10:00:17 AM PST · by tekrat · 45 replies
    ARS Technica ^ | 3/10/2017 | BETH MOLE
    It’s hard to imagine a more sensitive type of personal information than your own genetic blueprints. With varying degrees of accuracy, the four-base code can reveal bits of your family’s past, explain some of your current traits and health, and may provide a glimpse into your future with possible conditions and health problems you could face. And that information doesn’t just apply to you but potentially your blood relatives, too.Most people would likely want to keep the results of genetic tests highly guarded—if they want their genetic code deciphered at all. But, as STAT reports, a new bill that is...
  • Did a Big Law Attorney Act Unethically to Sabotage Trump's Travel 'Ban'?

    03/01/2017 12:14:50 PM PST · by jazusamo · 30 replies
    PJ Media ^ | Hans A. von Spokovsky
    The White House seems poised to issue a revised executive order restricting visas from seven terrorist havens until sufficient vetting procedures are in place. Yet one related issue has not been fully explored: The way the arguments over the original order may have been sabotaged in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. On its way to upholding an injunction issued against the original executive order, the Ninth Circuit failed to even discuss the relevant federal immigration provision that authorized the president’s action. At oral argument, the government was represented by career lawyer August Flentje. As Paul Mirengoff at Powerline...
  • Ethics Board Fines Obama Campaign Manager $90K for Uber Lobbying

    02/16/2017 1:22:24 PM PST · by PBRCat · 8 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | February 16, 2017 | Fran Spielman
    The man who managed former President Barack Obama’s campaign has been slapped with a $90,000 fine for using Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s private email account to lobby the mayor on behalf of ride-sharing giant Uber without registering as a lobbyist. Newly-appointed Chicago Board of Ethics Chairman Attorney William Conlon said the fine assessed against David Plouffe is the largest ever by the Chicago Board of Ethics. It represents $1,000 for every one of the 90 days that Plouffe failed to registered as a lobbyist after his November 2015 email to Emanuel on the mayor’s personal account. “Registration of lobbyists is important....
  • Human-Pig Hybrid Created in the Lab—Here Are the Facts

    01/27/2017 5:08:53 AM PST · by blackbetty59 · 48 replies
    National Geographic ^ | January 26, 2017 | Erin Blakemore
    In a remarkable—if likely controversial—feat, scientists announced today that they have created the first successful human-animal hybrids. The project proves that human cells can be introduced into a non-human organism, survive, and even grow inside a host animal, in this case, pigs. This biomedical advance has long been a dream and a quandary for scientists hoping to address a critical shortage of donor organs.
  • Justin Trudeau’s holiday on Aga Khan’s island comes under investigation

    01/16/2017 4:04:11 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    the guardian ^ | Monday 16 January 2017 13.14 EST
    Trudeau may have violated the federal ethics code during his holiday with the Aga Khan, the philanthropist and hereditary spiritual leader to the world’s Ismaili Muslims who Trudeau says is a family friend. It is the first time the ethics commissioner has opted to investigate the actions of a sitting prime minister. In a letter to opposition Conservative politician Blaine Calkins, who was among those who filed formal complaints, Dawson said she was looking into Trudeau’s stay at the island and his use of the Aga Khan’s private helicopter to get there. ... The Conflict of Interest Act and Trudeau’s...
  • Head of Ethics Office is Obama Donor, now concerned about Trump nominees.

    01/16/2017 2:27:53 AM PST · by gattaca · 16 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | January 15, 2017 | Elizabeth Harrington
    Director of the Office of Government Ethics Walter M. Shaub donated to President Obama before his appointment and defended Hillary Clinton’s decision to not disclose paid speeches to the Clinton Foundation while she was secretary of state. Shaub, the head of the little-known ethics office, has been on the attack against President-elect Donald J. Trump for months. Shaub has called Trump’s plan to sign over control of his business to his sons “meaningless,” and engaged in tweet storms from the official ethics Twitter account encouraging Trump to divest. A timeline compiled by the PAC America Rising of Shaub’s service at...
  • Weekly Update: New Border Terror Threat?

    01/14/2017 11:22:25 AM PST · by jazusamo · 4 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | January 14, 2017 | Tom Fitton
    California-DC Corruption Connection Trump Makes Good Moves On Ethics Issue Shootout at U.S. Consulate Part of Terrorist Attack Plan for Inauguration California-DC Corruption Connection I’ve often observed that, when it comes to public policy, the Obama Justice Department has been a locus of evil. And therefore it was concerning to see that the man who ran that Obama agency for years, the disgraced Eric Holder, has gotten himself a new, government-related gig. On January 4 liberal California legislative leaders announced that they are using tax dollars to hire former Attorney General Eric Holder and his law firm to assist...
  • Judicial Watch Statement Trump’s (on his handing total control to sons)

    01/11/2017 1:42:33 PM PST · by jazusamo · 26 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | January 11, 2017 | Tom Fitton
    (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton today made the following statement regarding the announcement by President-Elect Donald J. Trump that he had officially handed “complete and total” control of his business empire to his sons, Don Jr and Eric, in order to avoid potential conflicts of interest once he enters the White House: While there is no off-the-shelf ethics plan for a matter as complex and unprecedented as this, Mr. Trump seems to be on the right track. As we said in our recent New York Times op-ed , it would be unfair to insist that Mr. Trump...
  • WaPo: Donald Trump's 'first attempt to ignore the law'

    01/10/2017 8:04:00 AM PST · by Zakeet · 53 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 10, 2017 | Aaron Blake
    President-elect Donald Trump intends to name his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, as a senior adviser to his White House - a move that would put to the test a 1967 anti-nepotism law and provide a Trump White House already rife with ethical questions a bona fide legal showdown. In fact, this amounts to Trump's "first attempt to ignore the law," according to Washington University government ethics expert Kathleen Clark. And she says it has huge implications not just for Kushner, but for the rest of his presidency.
  • Warren: No confirmation hearings until ethics concerns addressed

    01/08/2017 4:08:15 AM PST · by Zakeet · 71 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 7, 2017 | Nikita Vladimirov
    Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Saturday called for the Senate to not hold confirmation hearings for President-elect Donald Trump's Cabinet picks until after the completion of an ethics screening. "Cabinet officials must put our country's interests before their own. No [confirmation] hearings should be held until we’re certain that’s the case," the Massachusetts Democrat tweeted. [Snip] "This is ridiculous," Warren tweeted, "[Trump's nominees] can’t drag their feet on ethics paperwork while their Senate friends try to run out the clock."
  • Ethics Office Warns Confirmations For Trump Nominees Are Moving Too Fast

    01/07/2017 12:47:23 PM PST · by Zakeet · 56 replies
    NPR ^ | January 7, 2017 | Jessica Taylor
    The Office of Government Ethics is raising alarm over the pace of confirmation hearings for President-elect Donald Trump's nominees, saying Saturday that they have yet to receive required financial disclosures for some picks set to come before Congress next week. In a letter to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., released Saturday, OGE Director Walter Shaub wrote that "the announced hearing schedule for several nominees who have not completed the ethics review process is of great concern to me" and that the current schedule "has created undue pressure on OGE's staff and agency ethics officials...