Monday, May 22, 2017

Fish. Barrel. You Know The Drill. Continued...

Team "Drain The Swamp!" six months ago:
The Trump pledge: No lobbying for 5 years

By Daniella Diaz, CNN

Two top Republicans working with President-elect Donald Trump's transition team told reporters in a phone call Wednesday evening that they're taking steps toward one of Trump's campaign promises -- to "drain the swamp" in Washington.

Trump communications director Jason Miller and Republican National Committee spokesman Sean Spicer announced anyone being vetted for a high post in the administration must provide a termination of lobbying form if they are a registered lobbyist.

In addition, when officials leave the government, they will be banned from being a lobbyist for five years as part of the agreement to serve in Trump's administration. The ban will apply lifetime to representing foreign governments, he added Thursday.

"Not only will people not be able to (be) registered state or federal lobbyists, but when they leave government, they will be banned from being a registered lobbyist for five years," Spicer said Wednesday.

"Why that is crucial is that it goes back to Mr. Trump's goal of making sure that people aren't using the government to enrich themselves and using their service in government to do that," he added...

Team "Drain The Swamp!" today:
White House Moves to Block Ethics Inquiry Into Ex-Lobbyists on Payroll

The Trump administration, in a significant escalation of its clash with the government’s top ethics watchdog, has moved to block an effort to disclose any ethics waivers granted to former lobbyists who have work in the White House or federal agencies.

The latest conflict came in recent days when the White House, in a highly unusual move, sent a letter to Walter M. Shaub Jr., the head of the Office of Government Ethics, asking him to withdraw a request he had sent to every federal agency for copies of the waivers. In the letter, the administration challenged his legal authority to demand the information.

Dozens of former lobbyists and industry lawyers are working in the Trump administration, which has hired them at a much higher rate than the previous administration. Keeping the waivers confidential would make it impossible to know whether any such officials are violating federal ethics rules or have been given a pass to ignore them.

Mr. Shaub, who is in the final year of a five-year term after being appointed by President Barack Obama, said he had no intention of backing down. “It is an extraordinary thing,” Mr. Shaub said of the White House request. “I have never seen anything like it.”...

Let me stress yet again that your Crazy Uncle Liberty is not hearing about any of this.  And if any word of it accidentally leaked into his ideological bell jar, he -- and tens of millions like him -- would automatically dismiss it as yet more snowflake, Libtard fake news engineered by the Leftist News Conspiracy to drag his attention away from the only real story story in Christendom


bowtiejack said...

"These theories falsely stated that Rich was the source of the 2016 Democratic National Committee email leak.[5][6][7] According to US intelligence assessments, Russian intelligence services are most likely responsible for the hacking and the leak.[8"

So Hannity's working for the Russkies too? Sad.

Jason said...

I wish Hannity would get a cock punch or 12. Another a--hole who's had far too much time sucking oxygen on the big stage. Let him join Bill and Glen in a threesome of hate f-cking.