Suddenly, Democrats Are Very Worried About Ethical Conflicts

Does it even need bear repeating of Hillary Clinton’s massive amount of ethical conflicts in the way she merged the business of the Clinton foundation with her job as Secretary of State? She used her position for pay for play. Her subordinates were involved in helping, and at least one of them worked full time for both State and the Foundation. She, and her family, made vast amounts of money while doing the business of the Foundation when she was supposed to be doing the job of Secretary of State.

But, now, in the Age of Trump

Democrats plan assault on Trump’s ethical conflicts
They’re eager to make Republicans uncomfortable with oversight of a president who ran on a promise to ‘drain the swamp.’

Democrats are looking to create big headaches for Donald Trump over his unprecedented ethical conflicts.

In the 11 days since the Republican’s upset victory, the president-elect’s political opponents have hammered him for giving no sign that he will follow historic norms and really separate himself from his vast financial holdings. They’re baffled that Trump and his family are still promoting their businesses, especially on anofficial transition website, and they’re questioning how Trump’s son-in-law canlegally land a job in the White House.

Well, if it wasn’t this, it would be something else. They can’t complain about most of his (supposed) policies, because they know Trump won on those policies.

As the minority party, the Democrats can’t call official hearings or pump out subpoenas. Still, they are primed to birddog Trump’s administration if it’s caught doing government business that’s seen as lining the president’s own pockets. Even with their diminished numbers, they can run their own investigations, drown Trump’s agencies with requests for public records and inspector general reports, pepper his nominees with questions and just generally work to make Republicans uncomfortable with their oversight of a president who ran on a promise to “drain the swamp.”

Two points. First, they didn’t bother doing this to either Nancy Pelosi nor Barack Obama, when they promised the same. Nor to themselves, because it was a Democrat promise. Second, as far as lining their own pockets, most Democrats, like most Republicans, have voted against things like recusing themselves from votes on legislation that would put money in their own pockets. They’ve voted against banning what is essentially insider trading for Congress. So many of them have made oodles of cash being career politicians.

Anyhow, it’s a long, long, long Politico article about Democrats whining that businessman Trump could make money overtly, as opposed to the way career politicians rake in the cash.

Of course, The Washington Post opinion secition is Very Concerned

How President Trump could use the White House to enrich himself and his family

For the past 40 years, every president has placed his personal investments and assets in a blind trust while in the White House, or has sold everything and held cash equivalents. President-elect Donald Trump has made it clear that he does not plan to set up such a trust, which would require that his company be run by an outsider who has had no previous business relationship with Trump, and that there be virtually no communication between the outside trustee and Trump or his family during his administration.

Trump is not required by law to create a blind trust or otherwise divest himself of all business holdings, though many people who will work for him in the government will have to do so: The 1978 Ethics in Government Act exempts the president and vice president from its conflict of interest provisions, out of constitutional concerns about separation of powers.

So, he has no lawful requirement to do anything. The writer, Trevor Potter, is a Republican, who worked with multiple Republicans such as John McCain and the elder George Bush. He’s very much against Citizens United, and worked heavily with Stephen Colbert and his fake news show. He offers many ideas for Trump to avoid these conflicts of interest, and, let’s be honest, Trump should divorce himself from his businesses during his time in office in order to avoid those conflicts of interest. If he wants to drain the swamp, he has to start with his own administration.

But, while doing so, he should hit back at Democrats (and Republicans) for all their own conflicts, the ability to do insider trading, and essentially make lots of cash while doing the People’s Business.

Overall, though, the vast majority of elected Democrats should never speak of ethics, especially those who voted for Hillary Clinton.

Crossed at Right Wing News.

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66 Responses to “Suddenly, Democrats Are Very Worried About Ethical Conflicts”

  1. Jeffery says:

    Hahahahahahaha. I didn’t claim to know what motivates everyone of the superwealthy, but if you think most are motivated by need you’re as naive as you are dishonest.

  2. Jeffery says:

    Maybe TheFascist needs trigger warnings and a “safe place”:

    Donald J. Trump
    I watched parts of @nbcsnl Saturday Night Live last night. It is a totally one-sided, biased show – nothing funny at all. Equal time for us?

    TheFascist wants to force networks and newspapers to give him equal time whenever he gets criticized. Perhaps he wants to punish them for not agreeing with him.

    What an unAmerican putz.

    Rev – Do you think it appropriate for the government to limit political criticizm on TV shows?

  3. Jeffery says:

    The US President elect, the most powerful person on Earth, is feuding with a Broadway play and a TV show. Embarrassing!

  4. Rev.Hoagie® says:

    The US President elect, the most powerful person on Earth, is feuding with a Broadway play and a TV show. Embarrassing!

    Seems to me it’s they who are “feuding” with them but who cares? Are you going to spend the next eight years bitching about every word President Trump says? This will get old fast.

    You stated the following:

    You don’t interact with the superwealthy enough – they each don’t want enough, they each want more than the other guy. It’s about winning, not money. You think Trump ran to help the nation, LOL? It’s all ego, power and recognition. It’s not the money they want, it’s the recognition that they have the most.

    Then said: ” I didn’t claim to know what motivates everyone of the superwealthy, but if you think most are motivated by need you’re as naive as you are dishonest.” However, as the highlighted line shows you DID claim what motivates them. You are lying and once again projecting your own immorality. As usual. You are a very weak person. You can’t control your emotions from one comment to the next. Sad.

    But at least Trump won. Hahahahahaha.

  5. Rev.Hoagie® says:

    Oh, and last time I looked the US President elect was NOT “the most powerful person on earth”. He’s not even second, or third, or……well you get it.

    But Crooked Killary ain’t even on the list. Hahahahahahaha

  6. Jeffery says:

    Are you going to spend the next eight years bitching about every word President Trump says?

    Yes, probably. And so will 100,000,000 other Americans. We dislike Trump easily as much as right wingers hated President Obama. But as a fascist and with Congress in his favor Trump doesn’t need our cooperation.

  7. Rev.Hoagie® says:

    We dislike Trump easily as much as right wingers hated President Obama.

    See what you did there? 100,000,000 Americans and you dislike Trump, but we “fascists” hated Obama. Classic narcissistic projection. You really need some help before you hurt someone. This persecution complex of all these other people being fascists just waiting to pounce on you and hate you is unhealthy Jeffery. This obsession with the idea that everybody else is a racist and hates you, Obama, blacks, Mexicans and whomever is sick. You need to grow up and have a mature discussion about your differences with people without all the name calling. Don’t you have any moderate or conservative friends you can sit and talk to without going all whacko? Or is it true you leftists live in a bubble?

    Crooked Killary is gone now. Relax. She’s home getting $hitfaced. You need to heal now Sugar Bear. Hahahahahaha.

  8. drowningpuppies says:

    And remember,
    Hillary will never be elected President ever.

  9. Liam Thomas says:

    The US President elect, the most powerful person on Earth, is feuding with a Broadway play and a TV show. Embarrassing!

    Its time these assholes get called out…a fuking half assed loser actor stands on stage(as if being an actor gives him unbridled power or a mandate) and disrespects the VP of the USA….yeah need needs a good ass kicking is what he needs.

  10. Jeffery says:

    You have your fascist-king which is what the right always wants.

    Listen to yourselves…

    The President of the US should punish an actor who politely asks a question of his government. His sin was asking the wrong question.

  11. drowningpuppies says:

    “It was the most respectful, benign form of bullying ever. But bullying nonetheless. And by the way, human rights must be won, not asked for,” said Van Zandt in a series of tweets on Saturday. “When artists perform the venue becomes your home. The audience are your guests. It’s taking unfair advantage of someone who thought they were a protected guest in your home.

    “A guy comes to a Broadway show for a relaxing night out. Instead he gets a lecture from the stage! Not a level playing field. It’s bullying. You don’t single out an audience member and embarrass him from the stage. A terrible precedent to set.”

  12. Jeffery says:

    And now Trump plans to be a part time prez:

    Trump needs to stay in New York, since he evidently plans on continuing to manage his business. He met last week with partners from India who are obligingly increasing their business ties to the Trump empire, since Trump is now President. I noticed in the New York Times article that the Trump organization’s spokeswoman specifically mentioned that Trump is “not going to have dealings in the day-to-day business of that organization.”

    TheDon wants to be impeached or to resign. Pence takes over, Trump will have benefit of having been elected, which is all he wanted anyway – to boast. He has no clue about behaving as a public servant or governance.

  13. drowningpuppies says:

    And Hillary will never be President.

  14. Jeffery says:

    And youse guys thought Obama was lazy for playing golf on weekends (actually you thought he was lazy because he’s a Negro).

    TheDon is going to work 4 days a week and fly to NYC every night. And of course he’ll charge rent for the Secret Service protection in Chump Tower. Even the House Republicans are upset with Mr. Chump.

  15. o0Nighthawk0o says:

    Please address just one of my lies directly, please.

    OK, How about the one where you claim that Clinton did nothing wrong and was ‘thoroughly’ investigated.

    How about this from the FBI’s own notes from that so-called investigation that directly says that she was found to have classified information on her server and sent and received that info. Pay particular attention to where it says that there were 81 “email chains” that contained 193 individual classified email messages anywhere from confidential to top secret. This is in Part 1, page 20. this woman lied to the FBI AND congress AND mishandled classified information as proven by the FBI. She is a criminal cut and dry. And any one of us that did this would be in Leavenworth right now.

  16. acethepug says:

    One lie?

    “It is my understanding that Secretary Clinton lost the EC to the Pussy Grabber-elect. She was also investigated by the IRS, FBI and multiple congressional investigations and cleared. ”

    Never cleared. No charges brought (which the FBI does not do), far different from cleared.

    Also do not recall the IRS clearing her at all.

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