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PostPosted: Wed Jun 26, 2019 3:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The most scandals in over a century.

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Bill Wehrum, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency's air office, will step down at the end of the month as investigations continue into his potential ethical missteps and as Wehrum privately showed concern over the impact a House Energy and Commerce Committee inquiry could have on his former employer, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, according to people familiar with the matter. Wehrum had met with two former clients less than a month after being sworn in without telling ethics officials and played a role in an agency move that seemed to benefit former client DTE Energy Co. ( The Washington Post)
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 06, 2019 9:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Say what you want, Trump knows he's a stooge.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2019 2:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gee, how surprising--another scandal.
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NEW YORK (AP) — A federal grand jury in New York is investigating top Republican fundraiser Elliott Broidy, examining whether he used his position as vice chair of President Donald Trump’s inaugural committee to drum up business deals with foreign leaders, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press and people familiar with the matter.

A wide-ranging subpoena the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn recently sent to Trump’s inaugural committee seeks records relating to 20 individuals and businesses. All have connections to Broidy, his investment and defense contracting firms, and foreign officials he pursued deals with — including the current president of Angola and two politicians in Romania.


Prosecutors appear to be investigating whether Broidy exploited his access to Trump for personal gain and violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which makes it illegal for U.S. citizens to offer foreign officials “anything of value” to gain a business advantage. Things of value in this case could have been an invitation to the January 2017 inaugural events or access to Trump.

A statement released to the AP by Broidy’s attorneys said that at no point did Broidy or his global security firm Circinus have a contract or exchange of money with “any Romanian government agency, proxy or agent.” It also said that while Circinus did reach an agreement with Angola in 2016 there was no connection whatsoever to the inauguration or Broidy’s role on the inaugural committee.

“Any implication to the contrary is completely false,” the statement said.

The Brooklyn probe appears to be distinct from an inquiry by Manhattan federal prosecutors into the inaugural committee’s record $107 million fundraising and whether foreigners unlawfully contributed.

It followed a request last year by Democratic U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut that the Justice Department investigate whether Broidy “used access to President Trump as a valuable enticement to foreign officials who may be in a position to advance Mr. Broidy’s business interests abroad.”

Brooklyn federal prosecutors and the president’s inaugural committee declined to comment on the grand jury proceedings, which are secret. But two people familiar with the matter told the AP that the committee has already complied with the subpoena, issued in April, and a third said the FBI has interviewed at least one of Broidy’s business associates named in the subpoena.

The people spoke to the AP on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the ongoing investigation.

Broidy, a 61-year-old Los Angeles businessman, made a fortune in investments before moving into defense contracting and has played prominent roles in GOP fundraising, including as finance chairman of the Republican National Committee from 2006 to 2008 and vice chair of the Trump Victory Committee in 2016.

But there have been problems along the way. In 2009, investigators looked into the New York state pension fund’s decision to invest $250 million with Broidy and found he had plied state officials with nearly $1 million in illegal gifts. Broidy pleaded guilty to a felony but it was later knocked down to a misdemeanor after he agreed to cooperate with prosecutors and pay back $18 million in management fees.

Another scandal came last year when Broidy stepped down as deputy finance chair of the RNC after reports that he agreed to pay $1.6 million as part of a confidentiality agreement to a former Playboy model with whom he had an affair. That payment was arranged in 2017 by Trump’s longtime lawyer Michael Cohen.


All the President's criminal friends use the same lawyer?
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 12, 2019 10:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is redundant to say this is the most corrupt administration of my life, and the worst environmental record since the passage of environmental laws in 1972. Only the latest outrage.

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The Senate voted 52-38 to confirm Peter C. Wright, a former managing counsel for Dow Chemical Co., as the head of the Environmental Protection Agency's Superfund and hazardous waste work. Wright, who has been working as a special counsel at the EPA ahead of his confirmation, did not receive Senate approval last year after Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) raised concerns about his past legal defense of toxic dioxins. (Bloomberg BNA)


Scum.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 22, 2019 12:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

More corruption for trumpists to ignore:

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By Juliet Eilperin July 22 at 8:12 AM
A key architect of the Trump administration’s efforts to weaken federal climate rules is under scrutiny by a federal watchdog for his dealings with industry players who lobbied the government to ease carbon pollution limits.

It is the third inquiry into whether Bill Wehrum, who headed the Environmental Protection Agency’s air policy division from November 2017 until last month, violated federal ethics rules.

The EPA’s inspector general is looking at Wehrum’s interactions with his former law firm as well as several of its clients, who rank among the nation’s major emitters of greenhouse gases linked to climate change, according to two individuals who spoke on the condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the matter.

“This is yet another example where the Trump administration has done just the opposite of ‘draining the swamp,’ by empowering polluting industries and installing those industries’ lobbyists and lawyers at the highest levels of our federal government,” said Sen. Thomas R. Carper (Del.), the top Democrat on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.


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The Government Accountability Office determined that the Trump administration violated ethics regulations in 2018 by swapping academic participants in Environmental Protection Agency advisory boards with people from industry and failing to ensure that panel appointees met ethics requirements.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 05, 2019 10:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXJaZd7auAQ
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 25, 2019 3:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

More alligators.

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Aurelia Skipwith, whose nomination to the top U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service post the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee approved today on a party-line vote of 11-10, has ties through her fiancé to the Westlands Water District, which counts Interior Secretary David Bernhardt as a former lobbyist and has historically pushed back in California against Endangered Species Act regulations. Interior has modified its ESA regulations under President Donald Trump, and 17 states sued the administration today over its changes to enforcement of the act. (The Guardian)
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 27, 2019 3:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There’s nothing so small that Trump won’t grift.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 12, 2019 6:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

never before billing for outlandish fees

https://www.politico.com/news/2019/11/12/federal-health-funneled-dollars-trump-allies-069638
Federal health contract funneled hundreds of thousands of dollars to Trump allies
Campaign, White House veterans were among 40 PR consultants on a $2.25 million contract.


Donald Trump and Seema Verma
President Donald Trump and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma. | Alex Wong/Getty Images

By DAN DIAMOND and ADAM CANCRYN

11/12/2019 05:00 AM EST


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At least eight former White House, presidential transition and campaign officials for President Donald Trump were hired as outside contractors to the federal health department at the cost of hundreds of thousands of dollars per year, according to documents newly obtained by POLITICO.

They were among at least 40 consultants who worked on a one-year, $2.25 million contract directed by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma. The contractors were hired to burnish Verma’s personal brand and provide “strategic communications” support. They charged up to $380 per hour for work traditionally handled by dozens of career civil servants in CMS's communications department.

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The arrangement allowed the Trump allies to cycle through the federal government's opaque contracting system, charging hefty fees with little public oversight or accountability.

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Over a four-and-a-half month stretch from September 2018 to January, the contractors collectively billed at least $744,000. The Department of Health and Human Services halted the contract in April in the face of widespread criticism after POLITICO reported on Verma's extensive use of communications consultants.

But under the terms hammered out last year, revealed for the first time, CMS agreed to allow at least four consultants to bill up to $204,000 over the length of the contract. That included one longtime Verma ally — Marcus Barlow, her spokesperson while she was an Indiana-based consultant to then-Gov. Mike Pence — who was greenlighted to bill as much as $425,000 for about a year’s worth of work.

Those are far higher rates than for the department's regular communications staff and even the agency’s top political appointees. Senior career officials in the CMS communications department were paid about $140,000 last year. HHS Secretary Alex Azar’s annual salary is $203,500, a spokesperson said.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 12, 2019 10:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

another right wing fake... how did she get the job?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kpZNyv87b4E

State Department Staffer Used Embellished Resume, Fake Time Magazine Cover | Andrea Mitchell | MSNBC
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A senior Trump administration official has embellished her résumé with misleading claims about her professional background — even creating a fake Time magazine cover with her face on it — raising questions about her qualifications to hold a top position at the State Department. Mina Chang, the deputy assistant secretary in the State Department's Bureau of Conflict and Stability Operations, falsely claims to be a Harvard grad, and exaggerated the scope of her nonprofit's work. Aired on 11/12/19.

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