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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The first casualty of the new government taking over Washington may be information about the government itself, ethics watchdogs say. The new GOP Congress is moving toward confirming several of Trump’s choices to run executive-branch departments even though they have not had their financial disclosures vetted and cleared by ethics officials.
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 […]
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” — […]
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 […]
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 […]