Ethics reviews incomplete for several Trump Cabinet choices


From today’s Los Angeles Daily News:

WASHINGTON >> Several of President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet choices have not completed a full review to avoid conflicts of interest, the government’s ethics office says, even as Republican senators move quickly to hold at least nine confirmation hearings next week.

In a letter to Senate leaders, the director of the Office of Government Ethics described the current status of several nominees, some of whom are billionaires and millionaires, in the ethics process and expressed concern about the lack of ethics reviews just days from committee hearings.

The Associated Press obtained a copy of Walter Shaub’s letter.

“During this presidential transition, not all of the nominees presently scheduled for hearings have completed the ethics review process. In fact, OGE has not received even initial draft financial disclosure reports for some of the nominees scheduled for hearings,” Shaub wrote to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.

According to Walter Shaub’s letter:

I am not aware of any occasion in the four decades since OGE was established when the Senate held a confirmation hearing before the nominee had completed the ethics review process.


Given the demonstrated ethics of many politicians in both parties, maybe they don’t remember what ethics are!


Then all the more reason to be thoroughly vetted and reviewed before the OGE.


Like President Obama was vetted as he was running in 2008? Seemed to me like the only person really interested in that was Sean Hannity.

Morality is important, but partisan supporters of the current administration have no legs whatsoever to stand on.

And really, it is sickening to see the sways back and forth between the partisan bases in America. Now all of a sudden the liberal left is concerned about ethics, vetting, the electoral college, cybersecurity and conflicts of interest and I’m starting to wonder how many on the right are, as Ben Shapiro so aptly put it, will be making excuses for Trump when he isn’t conservative.


The people elected Obama, just as the people elected Trump.
Presidential appointments are not elected by the people; they undergo a process of vetting and confirmation hearings. The material gained from the former is useful in the latter. It would be fitting that the rigor of this process were maintained in DJT’s administration.


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