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Kushner, Conflicts of Interest, and the Culture of Corruption (2)

 

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Part 1: Kushner and the Culture of Corruption
It’s clear that the Trump Administration’s culture of corruption comes at a steep cost to the country.
Part 2: Conflicts of Interest
Here’s are five of the most recent instances where Trump is likely violating some of the most basic government ethics rules.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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Part 1: Kushner and the Culture of Corruption

The Progress Report, Center for American Progress Action Fund

https://static01.nyt.com/images/2018/03/01/business/01kushner-print/merlin_134678906_1b50bb34-08f9-484a-a3af-e4ba0514f7a9-superJumbo.jpg March 1, 2018 | Just days after Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and adviser, had this security clearance downgraded, and had it reported that foreign countries pegged him as vulnerable for exploitation because of his debt, he’s under scrutiny again for meetings he took with private equity firms and banks at the White House. According to a report from the New York Times, after Kushner met with Apollo Global Management at the White House, his family business, Kushner Companies, received a desperately-needed $184 million loan. Additionally, Kushner Companies received a whopping $325 million loan from Citigroup, whose executives also held meetings at the White House.

Experts agree that there “is little precedent for a top White House official meeting with executives of companies as they contemplate sizable loans to his business.” (Both Kushner and the companies deny any wrongdoing.) While Kushner got his loans, these companies were amongst the biggest beneficiaries of loopholes mysteriously kept in the tax bill. And they’re not done: Apollo is seeking to gain profits under Trump’s infrastructure proposal.

Whether it’s on tax policy, infrastructure, or secret international diplomacy (Kushner’s role in the Russia crisis remains under suspicion), it’s clear that the Trump Administration’s culture of corruption comes at a steep cost to the country.

The Center for American Progress Action Fund is an independent, nonpartisan policy institute and advocacy organization that is dedicated to improving the lives of all Americans, through bold, progressive ideas, as well as strong leadership and concerted action. Our aim is not just to change the conversation, but to change the country.





Part 2: Conflicts of Interest

The Progress Report, Center for American Progress Action Fund

https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/320/cpsprodpb/503D/production/_92614502_hi036530794.jpg During the 2016 presidential campaign, one of the biggest concerns raised by voters was Trump’s potential conflicts of interest involving his family’s business. More than a year after the election, those worries turned out to be well founded and often times not readily apparent to most Americans. Here’s are five of the most recent instances where Trump is likely violating some of the most basic government ethics rules.
• Last week, Donald Trump Jr. was in India, promoting the Trump Organization. During the trip, ads promised a meeting with Trump Jr. if they invested $38,000 in the Trump Organization. And one panel led by Trump Jr. was entitled, “Reshaping Indo-Pacific Ties: The New Era of Cooperation,” which sounds a bit too close to a government official’s words.
The Trump Organization claims it donates profits from foreign governments to the U.S. Treasury—but it’s refusing to share any details.
• President Trump’s reelection campaign has launched, and its home is the Trump Tower in Manhattan. The rent is $37,000 a month, and who’s footing the bill? The Republican National Committee.
• One of the leading ethics watchdogs in D.C.—Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW)—has charged the Trump administration with accepting gifts from foreign governments, which would be a clear violation of the emoluments clause.
• Some of CREW’s concerns revolve around Trump’s business in Panama, which is now subject to an investigation by Panama’s federal prosecutors.

The Center for American Progress Action Fund is an independent, nonpartisan policy institute and advocacy organization that is dedicated to improving the lives of all Americans, through bold, progressive ideas, as well as strong leadership and concerted action. Our aim is not just to change the conversation, but to change the country.

Related:

Romano: The moral corruption of Florida politicians, John Romano, Tampa Bay (FL) Times 

http://www.tampabay.com/storyimage/HI/20180301/ARTICLE/303019982/AR/0/AR-303019982.jpg?MaxW=950&cachebuster=399378Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R- Land O' Lakes and Florida Senate President Joe Negron, R- Stuart, talk on the floor of the House during a joint session of the Florida Legislature in January. [Scott Keeler | Tampa Bay (FL) Times]

  • A lot of it has to do with districts that are drawn in a way that favors one party over another. A lot of it has to do with voters who do not pay attention and give elected officials a free pass.
  • It’s ugly. It’s corrupt. It’s Florida.
  • Related: America’s Descent Into Madness

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