Posts Tagged ‘ethics’

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501 Days in Swampland

More than at any time in history, the president of the United States is actively using the power and prestige of his office to line his own pockets: landing loans for his businesses, steering wealthy buyers to his condos, securing cheap foreign labor for his resorts, preserving federal subsidies for his housing projects, easing regulations on his golf courses, licensing his name to overseas projects, even peddling coffee mugs and shot glasses bearing the presidential seal. For Trump, whose business revolves around the marketability of his name, there has proved to be no public policy too big, and no private opportunity too crass, to exploit for personal profit.

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Trump’s Carnival of Corruption

As Richard Painter, President George W. Bush’s ethics chief put it on Twitter about Conway: “In any other White House, a single major ethics violation would result in dismissal. This is her third, and all three within the same year. She needs to go.”

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There’s a big difference between Russians and the Russians, even if the grammar seems inconsequential.

The Grammar of Russiagate

 

Meanwhile in reality…

 

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 “I think we are pretty close to a laughingstock at this point.”.

Departing Ethics Chief: U.S. Is ‘Close to a Laughingstock’

“It’s hard for the United States to pursue international anticorruption and ethics initiatives when we’re not even keeping our own side of the street clean. It affects our credibility,” Mr. Shaub said…

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Ethics Chief Who Battled Trump Administration Announces Resignation

 

“America should have the right to know what the motivations of its leaders are,” Walter Shaub Jr. told CBS News.

This follows a similar resignation last week.

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Trump junta hypocrisy too staggering to tolerate.

Justice Department’s Corporate Crime Watchdog Resigns, Saying Trump Makes It Impossible To Do Job

“Trying to hold companies to standards that our current administration is not living up to was creating a cognitive dissonance that I could not overcome,” Chen wrote. “To sit across the table from companies and question how committed they were to ethics and compliance felt not only hypocritical, but very much like shuffling the deck chair on the Titanic. Even as I engaged in those questioning and evaluations, on my mind were the numerous lawsuits pending against the President of the United States for everything from violations of the Constitution to conflict of interest, the ongoing investigations of potentially treasonous conducts, and the investigators and prosecutors fired for their pursuits of principles and facts. Those are conducts I would not tolerate seeing in a company, yet I worked under an administration that engaged in exactly those conduct. I wanted no more part in it.”

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NYT Mocks Skepticism on Syria-Sarin Claims