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Surprise, surprise... Trump administration cuts itself some slack!

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Ethics? We don' need no stinking ethics...

"The White House on Wednesday evening released its list of waivers to the Trump administration ethics pledge, exempting at least a dozen White House officials from the rules.

"The list includes ex-lobbyists who joined the administration to work on policy areas they had covered for their K Street clients. Two comprehensive waivers give whole swaths of White House employees a waiver from the ethics pledge.

"Trump’s ethics pledge, contained in an executive order, came along with promises that he would “drain the swamp” of the Washington influence industry."


http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/335878-white-house-releases-waivers-to-administrations-ethics-pledge

DAMN! This is fun to watch! I haven't enjoyed TV this much since that Grizzly Man video.

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"The White House has granted 17 undated ethics waivers to members of senior staff. On the list are such stars as Steve Bannon and Kellyanne Conway, as well as Don McGahn and six lawyers from Jones Day.

"If potentially “retroactive” ethics waivers sounds like something that shouldn’t be a thing, you are not alone. From the New York Times:

"Richard W. Painter, a White House ethics lawyer in the George W. Bush administration, who has been critical of the Trump administration’s approach to ethics, said that backdating was not an acceptable approach.

“'The only retroactive waiver I have ever heard of is called a pardon,' Mr. Painter wrote in an email."


http://abovethelaw.com/2017/06/white-house-ethics-waivers-look-pretty-unethical/

Here's the list of names:



For the whole chart, here's the link:
https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/whitehouse.gov/files/Waiver%20Chart%205-31-17.pdf

"All EOP Appointees" refers to political appointments to the Executive Office of the President who require no confirmantion.

"A commissioned officer is any employee who is appointed under 3 U.S.C. 105(a) or 3 U.S.C. 107(a) and has
received a commission from the President, and any employee who has been detailed to the White House Office and
has received a commission from the President for the position they hold in the White House Office."  
https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/whitehouse.gov/files/COMMISSIONED%20OFFICERS.PDF

Jones Day is a huge international law firm. Megyn Kelly worked for them in Chicago for nine years! She, as a former employee, would be covered by the waiver.

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And then there's this:

"The White House is telling federal agencies to blow off Democratic lawmakers' oversight requests, as Republicans fear the information could be weaponized against President Donald Trump.

"At meetings with top officials for various government departments this spring, Uttam Dhillon, a White House lawyer, told agencies not to cooperate with such requests from Democrats, according to Republican sources inside and outside the administration."



http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/02/federal-agencies-oversight-requests-democrats-white-house-239034

Crybaby Megyn Kelly thinks SHE had it bad? How'd you like to go through high school with a handle like Uttam Dhillon?

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del.capslock wrote:And then there's this:

"The White House is telling federal agencies to blow off Democratic lawmakers' oversight requests, as Republicans fear the information could be weaponized against President Donald Trump.

"At meetings with top officials for various government departments this spring, Uttam Dhillon, a White House lawyer, told agencies not to cooperate with such requests from Democrats, according to Republican sources inside and outside the administration."



http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/02/federal-agencies-oversight-requests-democrats-white-house-239034

Crybaby Megyn Kelly thinks SHE had it bad? How'd you like to go through high school with a handle like Uttam Dhillon?




The 1% never suffer bullies they buy them out.

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https://www.google.com/amp/abcnews.go.com/amp/Politics/wireStory/obamas-final-year-us-spent-36-million-records-46112564

The Obama administration in its final year in office spent a record $36.2 million on legal costs defending its refusal to turn over federal records under the Freedom of Information Act, according to an Associated Press analysis of new U.S. data that also showed poor performance in other categories measuring transparency in government.

For a second consecutive year, the Obama administration set a record for times federal employees told citizens, journalists and others that despite searching they couldn't find a single page of files that were requested.

And it set records for outright denial of access to files, refusing to quickly consider requests described as especially newsworthy, and forcing people to pay for records who had asked the government to waive search and copy fees.

The government acknowledged when challenged that it had been wrong to initially refuse to turn over all or parts of records in more than one-third of such cases, the highest rate in at least six years.

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PkrBum wrote:https://www.google.com/amp/abcnews.go.com/amp/Politics/wireStory/obamas-final-year-us-spent-36-million-records-46112564

The Obama administration in its final year in office spent a record $36.2 million on legal costs defending its refusal to turn over federal records under the Freedom of Information Act, according to an Associated Press analysis of new U.S. data that also showed poor performance in other categories measuring transparency in government.

For a second consecutive year, the Obama administration set a record for times federal employees told citizens, journalists and others that despite searching they couldn't find a single page of files that were requested.

And it set records for outright denial of access to files, refusing to quickly consider requests described as especially newsworthy, and forcing people to pay for records who had asked the government to waive search and copy fees.

The government acknowledged when challenged that it had been wrong to initially refuse to turn over all or parts of records in more than one-third of such cases, the highest rate in at least six years.



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PkrBum wrote:https://www.google.com/amp/abcnews.go.com/amp/Politics/wireStory/obamas-final-year-us-spent-36-million-records-46112564

The Obama administration in its final year in office spent a record $36.2 million on legal costs defending its refusal to turn over federal records under the Freedom of Information Act, according to an Associated Press analysis of new U.S. data that also showed poor performance in other categories measuring transparency in government.

For a second consecutive year, the Obama administration set a record for times federal employees told citizens, journalists and others that despite searching they couldn't find a single page of files that were requested.

And it set records for outright denial of access to files, refusing to quickly consider requests described as especially newsworthy, and forcing people to pay for records who had asked the government to waive search and copy fees.

The government acknowledged when challenged that it had been wrong to initially refuse to turn over all or parts of records in more than one-third of such cases, the highest rate in at least six years.

Your link goes to the ABC home page, not the article.

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