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Sunday, December 01, 2019

In 1994, as a slew of scandals were popping up around President Bill Clinton, an attorney who worked with his defense team visited the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) in Washington to ask a simple question in person: Could the president of the United States accept free legal services from his personal lawyers? An unambiguous answer came back from the OGE, the executive branch's in-house experts at preventing conflicts of interest: No. read more

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Tom Friedman makes his case that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has fallen short of West Point's Honor Code and the US Army's leadership standards. Pompeo's lack of loyalty to all his team is unprecedented in the history of State Department leadership. Pompeo's craven loyalty to Trump-above-all has cost the State Department dearly, with morale among long-serving State Department professionals falling to a historic low. read more


An interesting thread. Tchump has made his entire "brand" on carefully cultivating a fictitious image of success and wealth. Most of his "wealth" is borrowed and it seems that a lot has been "won" dishonestly ... misusing his charitable foundation like a personal checking account, holding fundraisers for military families and veterans and pocketing lots of the proceeds, lying to lenders and Forbes about his huge value net assets, and then lying to tax folk about his assets low value. As a developer with a house of cards of interlocking subsidiaries, his financial statements are a chimera. Depending on the audience, his organization could be made to look like anything from nunnery to cat house. Just a matter of how you show the books and which books are shown. Meier Lansky would be proud.

Be skeptical that Roberts will side with the NY prosecutors. There is no federal law YET that requires personal financial disclosure to RUN for national office. Should there be? Sure. What required annual disclosures for federal executives and Congress? So far, apparently the Tchumps haven't made those disclosures public, if they've made them at all.

What's really compelling about the need for full disclosure is the public trust demands it. For the high level of security clearance to be even close to America's National Security Council, a thorough background investigation must 100% confidently determine that clearance holders have absolutely no other interests that could possibly conflict with their duty to support the Constitution of the US against all adversaries foreign or domestic. And the investigation requires confidence that higher level clearance have been absolutely truthful in providing the information required. How any of the Tchumps (Don, Don Jr, Eric, Ivanka, Jared) could have passed is one of this Administration's great mysteries.

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