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Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Richard Painter

Even Bush’s Ethics Lawyer Is Ready To Use The T-Word About The Trump Administration

The Russian collusion saga continues apace. On Saturday, the New York Times reported that Donald Trump Jr. agreed to meet with Kremlin-connected lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya after he was promised compromising information on Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential campaign. Paul J. Manafort and Jared Kushner also attended the meeting.

July 11, 2017
California, Trump, Ethics

How The Trump Administration May Be Skirting Its Own Ethics Rules

The hiring of three former lobbyists to work in the White House raises questions about how the Trump administration is enforcing the president’s executive order on ethics.

March 4, 2017
Ross, Trump

The Troubling Russian Connections Of Trump Nominee Wilbur Ross

Wilbur J. Ross, Jr., the billionaire investor who is one of Donald Trump’s closest advisors on trade and economics, has extensive Russian financial ties that the Senate must thoroughly explore before voting on his nomination as Commerce Secretary.

February 27, 2017
Bilden, Trump, Ethics

Another Trump Nominee Drops Out Amid Ethics Concerns

Philip Bilden, a former private equity investment manager who operated in Asia, had been nominated to be secretary of the Navy. He withdrew his nomination on Sunday, three weeks after Vincent Viola, a New York billionaire, withdrew his nomination to be secretary of the Army, also citing difficulty disengaging from his businesses.

February 27, 2017

White House Power Player Jared Kushner Keeps Part Of His Real Estate Empire

While the White House would only say that Kushner retains some real estate holdings, Kushner does have to file a financial disclosure form that will give more details about what he owns. That filing may also shed light on what assets Kushner divested in the preceding year.

February 25, 2017
Trump, Blind Trust, Ethics

Trump Promised To Resign From His Companies — But There’s No Record He’s Done So

To transfer ownership of his biggest companies, Trump has to file a long list of documents in Florida, Delaware and New York. ProPublica asked officials in each of those states whether they have received the paperwork. The officials said they have not.

January 23, 2017
Trump, ethics

Ethics Lawyers To Sue Trump Over Foreign Payments

A group including former White House ethics attorneys will file a lawsuit on Monday accusing President Donald Trump of allowing his businesses to accept payments from foreign governments, in violation of the U.S. Constitution.

January 22, 2017
Vester Flanagan/Bryce Williams Twitter Virginia shooting journalists social media Twitter

Critic’s Notebook: Virginia TV Shooting Sparks A Debate Over Viewing Of Footage

The problem when a journalist goes on a killing rampage — he’s going to go all out on social.

August 27, 2015
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie

Gifts To Christie Raise Big Ethics Questions

Chris Christie is ignoring basic anti-corruption rules — but will he pay a price for it?

January 9, 2015

Christie’s Free Ride Is Flagged By Former Ethics Officials

New Jersey ethics experts have some harsh words for Christie’s trip to watch the Cowboys.

January 8, 2015

Ethicists Question Christie’s Free Cowboy Tickets

Angry Giants fans may be the least of Christie’s problems after his appearance in the Dallas owner’s box.

January 6, 2015

Mandatory House Ethics Training? Incoming Freshmen Don’t See The Point

The freshmen of the 114th Congress don’t see the point of learning the anti-corruption rules.

November 20, 2014

Five House Members Will Leave Congress With Open Ethics Review

Find out which congressmen are leaving before the Ethics Committee gets to them.

November 12, 2014

Watchdogs Want Stronger Congressional Ethics Office

Can the Office of Congressional Ethics stand up to corruption?

October 16, 2014

Ex-Aide Accuses McMorris Rodgers, Staff Of Possibly Lying, And Smearing Him

By Kyung M. Song, The Seattle Times WASHINGTON — Breaking a six-month silence, a former aide who was fingered for allegedly filing an ethics complaint against U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), lashed out Monday, accusing the Republican and her staff of falsely smearing his name and possibly lying to congressional investigators. Todd Winer, McMorris […]

September 9, 2014

‘Prom Draft’ Could Lead To Ethics Training For Newport Beach Students

By Adolfo Flores, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — Following the news that boys at a Newport Beach, Calif., high school had set up an NFL-style draft to pick prom dates, students districtwide could get ethics training if one school board member has her way. Newport-Mesa Unified Trustee Katrina Foley said the so-called “prom draft” — […]

May 8, 2014

Jayson Blair And All The Lies Not Fit To Print

Why did you do it? The movie opens with that question. In response, Jayson Blair makes a joke. “This one again,” he mutters, rolling his eyes in mock consternation at the predictability of it. But predictable as it is and as long as he’s had to ponder it, Blair still ends up punting. “I don’t […]

May 5, 2014

Stephen Glass Is Too Crooked For The Law

I said there was a Society of Men among us, bred up from their Youth in the Art of proving by words multiplied for the Purpose, that White is Black, and Black is White, according as they are paid. To this Society all the rest of the People are Slaves. –Lemuel Gulliver explains lawyers, from Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels, 1726 Everybody hates […]

February 5, 2014