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Just how does public money end up in the pockets of Cummings' friends?


Elective Dictatorship

On 3 March 2020, the Cabinet Office shook hands with Public First, a small privately held polling company. There was:
  • No formal contract
  • Prior advertisement
  • Competitive tender process
It just made what procurement lawyers call a 'direct award'. And it formalised it retrospectively on 5 June 2020 and publicised it a week later. The total contract value is £840,000.

The directors and owners of Public First are Ms Rachel Wolf and Mr James Frayne. They have close connections with both the Minister for the Cabinet Office (the Rt Hon Michael Gove MP) and his long time colleague and Chief Adviser to the Prime Minister who works in the Cabinet Office (Mr Dominic Cummings).

We believe that money for your mates, on a handshake, formalised later, is unlawful. We have initiated legal proceedings

https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/a-river-to-my-people/?utm_source=Good%20Law%20Project%20Updates&utm_campaign=2713f3a05c-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_07_10_06_27&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_87c5650d82-2713f3a05c-81324711

#Corruption #England #UK #BoristheLiar #BorisTheCoward #Gove #CumGate #Cummings #DominicCummings #LostDemocracy #BorisTheDictator #ElectiveDictatorship #ToryLiesCostLives #ToriesOut #BorisOut #BorisResign
 
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Just how does public money end up in the pockets of Cummings' friends?


Elective Dictatorship

On 3 March 2020, the Cabinet Office shook hands with Public First, a small privately held polling company. There was:
  • No formal contract
  • Prior advertisement
  • Competitive tender process
It just made what procurement lawyers call a 'direct award'. And it formalised it retrospectively on 5 June 2020 and publicised it a week later. The total contract value is £840,000.

The directors and owners of Public First are Ms Rachel Wolf and Mr James Frayne. They have close connections with both the Minister for the Cabinet Office (the Rt Hon Michael Gove MP) and his long time colleague and Chief Adviser to the Prime Minister who works in the Cabinet Office (Mr Dominic Cummings).

We believe that money for your mates, on a handshake, formalised later, is unlawful. We have initiated legal proceedings

https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/a-river-to-my-people/?utm_source=Good%20Law%20Project%20Updates&utm_campaign=2713f3a05c-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_07_10_06_27&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_87c5650d82-2713f3a05c-81324711

#Corruption #England #UK #BoristheLiar #BorisTheCoward #Gove #CumGate #Cummings #DominicCummings #LostDemocracy #BorisTheDictator #ElectiveDictatorship #ToryLiesCostLives #ToriesOut #BorisOut #BorisResign
 

Today's Live Virtual Town Hall from Lincoln Project


You've seen some of the ads, and some of the authors of pithy, well-researched books ("Everything Trump Touches Dies", e.g.).
Here's the entire 83 minutes - like a purified talk show with some of the sharpest minds on one panel. Fresh today, with today's news and charts in the mix. And timeless / timely observations about all the attacks on reason, values, ideals, and the American Dream, pre-

#MakeAmericaSaneAgain #StaySafe Stop the #trumpvirus #corruption #lies #trumpism #vote
 
Moscow Mitch Moment

Probably won't come as a surprise, when one turns to the uber "executive" corruption to the Senate.
If there's any one conduit of evil that comes close to being the biggest "friend of the Devil", it's McConnell.

So I'd once contributed (though far from Kentucky) to the campaign to defeat him, in exchange for a "Moscow Mitch" hat.
Of course I've been bombarded with fundraising letters since.

This came today and I found it... "interesting", and the usual "contemptible" as a "perfect" example of nepotism and corruption as it exists in both the WH and Congress today, like pigs at the trough. Here's the msg today. Wonder if it will hit mainstream news:
As Americans were struggling financially in the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, Mitch McConnell’s family applied and received up to $1 million in government loans from a program meant for small businesses.

Newsweek reported late Monday that Foremost Group, a shipping company founded and run by Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao’s family, received between $350,000 and $1 million in forgivable loans from the Paycheck Protection Program. Chao is married to McConnell.

The company applied for the loan just one week before McConnell infamously declared that states should go bankrupt rather than receive the same federal assistance his in-laws were receiving.

It’s just the latest example that Mitch McConnell isn’t for helping Kentuckians or Americans at all. He’s in it for himself.
What a surprise.
#MakeAmericaSaneAgain **

** So nice to see the tag going bigly! :))




Cartoon by Jim Carrey; #StaySafe Stop the #trumpvirus, #mcconnellmadness & #corruption
 
The Chief Architect of The Destruction of the Administrative State.

Bannon aims to make a comeback in circle of Trump influencers ahead of election

"As an election approaches, Steve Bannon and his allies are trying to return the former chief White House strategist to media circles known to influence the president’s thinking."

"An investment banker who became chairman of Breitbart News and led Donald Trump’s campaign in 2016, Bannon has extensive links to global far-right nationalist movements."




#Trump #GOP #WhiteNationalism #racism #corruption #incompetence #election2020
 
It's beyond any logic there are people who actualy believe such crap. How can anyobe actualy say he is there to protect jobs and hoyses fir tge average men and women while he basically stole 500billion of the 2trillion package to hand it over to make his billionaire buddies ecen richer.
Not to mention his appalling lack of handling the covid-19 pandemic.
The man is a fraud and a criminal. He should be in prison, not in the white house.
#notfit4president #corruption #votehimout
 

Downing Street can't say what contact Boris Johnson has had with property row donor | The Mirror


It's coming to a head. I think. Here's the background, and Boris Johnson's position in this is mysterious, since:
Number 10 were asked three times whether the [Prime Minister] had been in contact with Richard Desmond - but failed to answer.

Mr Jenrick... told MPs he had acted in "good faith" and "within the rules" in backing Richard Desmond's scheme to create 1,500 homes in east London [..and] that relevant documents had been handed to the top official in No 10.

Mr Jenrick approved the application, previously rejected by Tower Hamlets Council, the day before the introduction of a new council community levy which would have resulted in the company paying an additional £40 million.
And it's come out that political begging got it rushed through. Well, why not? Why would this Richard Desmond want the mostly lowly of Tower Hamlets see his dosh being used to improve their lives and services and facilities? He actually said that he didn't want to give it to those "Marxists". So there you are. If you're the second most densely populated area in the country you're probably Marxists or run by Marxists.
...Mr Desmond raised the issue with him at a Conservative fundraising dinner in November and, two weeks after planning permission was granted, donated £12,000 to the Tories.
Does this stink or does this stink?

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/downing-street-cant-say-what-22208254

#corruption #favours #UKPolitics #politics
 

Downing Street can't say what contact Boris Johnson has had with property row donor | The Mirror


It's coming to a head. I think. Here's the background, and Boris Johnson's position in this is mysterious, since:
Number 10 were asked three times whether the [Prime Minister] had been in contact with Richard Desmond - but failed to answer.

Mr Jenrick... told MPs he had acted in "good faith" and "within the rules" in backing Richard Desmond's scheme to create 1,500 homes in east London [..and] that relevant documents had been handed to the top official in No 10.

Mr Jenrick approved the application, previously rejected by Tower Hamlets Council, the day before the introduction of a new council community levy which would have resulted in the company paying an additional £40 million.
And it's come out that political begging got it rushed through. Well, why not? Why would this Richard Desmond want the mostly lowly of Tower Hamlets see his dosh being used to improve their lives and services and facilities? He actually said that he didn't want to give it to those "Marxists". So there you are. If you're the second most densely populated area in the country you're probably Marxists or run by Marxists.
...Mr Desmond raised the issue with him at a Conservative fundraising dinner in November and, two weeks after planning permission was granted, donated £12,000 to the Tories.
Does this stink or does this stink?

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/downing-street-cant-say-what-22208254

#corruption #favours #UKPolitics #politics
 
Yet more deflection and blaming of others.

Trump team weighs a CDC scrubbing to deflect mounting criticism

#Trump #Pence #GOP #CDC #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #FAIL #exploitation #incompetence #corruption
 
Quote of note:

"I have not resigned, and have no intention of resigning, my position, to which I was appointed by the Judges of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. I will step down when a presidentially appointed nominee is confirmed by the Senate. Until then, our investigations will move forward without delay or interruption."

Via Powerful US attorney who investigated Trump associates refuses to step down after Barr pushes him out

#Trump #GOP #DoJ #corruption
 
Just when you think it can't get any worse, Trump and his administration show their incompetence to the max. Is there literally nobody who actually thinks for a second or 2 there?
It just shows they simply don't care. And that is not only sad, but also criminal.
#Trump #incompetence #corruption #covid-19 #notfit4president #GOP #votehimout
 
The Trump Administration Paid Millions for Test Tubes — and Got Unusable Mini Soda Bottles

"The agency did not answer questions about the size and lack of sterilization of Fillakit’s tubes or about why it sought an alternative use for them."

"Fillakit is one of more than 300 new federal contractors providing supplies related to COVID-19. A ProPublica analysis last month found about 13% of total federal government spending on pandemic-related contracts went to first-time vendors. FEMA said last month that it only pays for products once they have been delivered, minimizing the risk of wasting taxpayer dollars."

#Trump #Pence #GOP #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #corruption #incompetence #exploitation #FAIL #Fillakit #FEMA
 
Here's one sure way to undermine any confidence in vaccines, and any remaining confidence in the U.S. response to the pandemic...

Trump pushing officials to speed up already-ambitious coronavirus vaccine timeline

"In a meeting last month with Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar — who is overseeing the effort called Operation Warp Speed, along with Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper — Trump pushed Azar repeatedly to speed up the already unprecedented timeline, according to two senior White House officials familiar with the meeting who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations. Trump wants some people to be able to get the vaccine sooner than the end of the year to demonstrate that an end to the pandemic is within reach, according to those officials and two others."

"Trump is hardly the only world leader racing to deliver a vaccine as a way to save lives, get people back to work and fully reopen the economy. But some scientists and even several people close to the White House worry that his fixation on the timeline, combined with his past dismissal of scientists’ recommendations, could put regulators under intense pressure to approve some sort of limited use of a vaccine before it has been adequately vetted for safety and effectiveness."

#Trump #Pence #GOP #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #corruption #incompetence #exploitation #vaccines #science #FAIL
 
Defense secretary says Pentagon official who questioned legality of withholding Ukraine aid to resign

"The Pentagon official who raised concerns about the Ukraine aid being held in 2019 has submitted her resignation to Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, the Pentagon announced Tuesday."

"Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) Elaine McCusker will resign effective June 26, Esper said in a statement."

#Trump #Pence #GOP #DoD #corruption #FAIL
 
Yes.

DOJ committed ‘gross abuse’ of power in asking to drop case against ex-Trump advisor Michael Flynn, says former judge tapped to review request

"A former federal judge on Wednesday blasted the U.S. Justice Department for what he called 'a gross abuse of prosecutorial power' in seeking to drop its criminal case against Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump’s first national security advisor."

"'The Government has engaged in highly irregular conduct to benefit a political ally of the President', the ex-judge, John Gleeson, wrote in a scathing legal filing opposing the proposed dismissal of Flynn’s case."

"Gleeson also wrote that Flynn 'has indeed committed perjury' in his statements to Judge Emmet Sullivan during proceedings in the case, 'for which he deserves punishment'."

#Trump #GOP #DoJ #corruption #Russia
 
Yet more corruption.

FCC Delays Law Banning Your ISP From Charging You 'Rental Fees' For Hardware You Already Own

"As of now, this particular law cracking down on bogus cable fees and bullshit surcharges won't take effect until December. Even then, you'd need this FCC to actually enforce it, and there's been absolutely zero indication so far this agency is capable of standing up to telecom monopolies."

#FCC #GOP #corruption #cronyism
 
Listen, people, don't get your hopes up or anything in thinking that Republicans will somehow find empathy and a conscience and somehow do The Right Thing here. Or anywhere. On anything that benefits the common good.

But no.

If that were the case, they would have demonstrated it after Sandy Hook.

They are literally like a criminal enterprise.

#GOP #corruption #immorality
 
It seems to me that a lot of folks have forgotten about the "Panama Papers", too; and that was only ONE law firm in ONE tax-haven country. How many of our legislators (of both flavors) have lawyers who are hiding their money behind questionable practices? #corruption
 
And of course, the Republicans plan to continue charging straight head with their racist polices.

#Trump #GOP #corruption #inequality
Trump Urged to Pursue More Tax Cuts
 
Here’s what Trump is doing to environmental rules when he ‘thinks no one is paying attention’

#Trump #GOP #OilAndGas #FossilFuels #corruption #environment #capitalism
Here’s what Trump is doing to environmental rules when he ‘thinks no one is paying attention’
 
White House Propaganda Video Falsely Claims 'Domestic Terrorists' Planted Bricks for Protesters

"Leaked documents this month reveal the FBI found no evidence of coordinated antifa involvement in recent incidents of violence and vandalism across the country. However, right-wing conspiracy theorists have seized upon any ephemeral shred of evidence to reinforce their conviction that antifa puppet masters are behind incidents of looting and arson coinciding with a larger national civil rights struggle. In the Wednesday afternoon tweet that is no longer accessible, the White House made an embarrassing attempt to provide proof of its 'domestic terror' claims: videos gathered from social media showing stacks of bricks that, by chance, happened to be along many protest routes."

"None of the clips used in the White House video are in any way connected to antifa or show a plot to arm protesters, as research by multiple journalists shows."

#Trump #GOP #corruption #propaganda #disinformation
 
Medical journal retracts study that fueled hydroxychloroquine concerns

"The Lancet medical journal retracted a study on Thursday that found that coronavirus patients who took hydroxychloroquine had a higher mortality rate and increased heart problem than those who did nothing, stating that the authors were 'unable to complete an independent audit of the data underpinning their analysis'."

"An investigation by The Guardian found that employees at Surgisphere, the company that The Lancet relied on for its data, had little to no data science or scientific background."

#Surgisphere #hydroxychloroquine #scam #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #corruption
 
Court overturns EPA approval of popular herbicide made by Monsanto

"The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) broke the law in approving agricultural weedkilling products sold by Bayer and two other chemical giants, ignoring clear evidence that the new herbicides would cause widespread damage to crops, a federal court ruled on Wednesday."

"The decision by the US court of appeals for the ninth circuit invalidates the registrations for dicamba-based herbicides made by Monsanto, which is owned by Bayer AG, BASF and Corteva Agrisciences that are designed to be sprayed on genetically engineered soybeans and cotton. The court order effectively makes it illegal for farmers to continue to use the dicamba herbicides this summer as they tend to millions of acres of crops."

"In a stinging rebuke, the court said it had no choice but to cancel the EPA’s approval of the herbicides because the agency had strayed so far from its duty to properly assess the dangers presented by the 'new use' of dicamba."

#Trump #GOP #corruption #Monsanto #dicamba #environment
 
Trump Had Kushner Push the National Enquirer to Probe Scarborough Murder Conspiracy

"Donald Trump, via his son-in-law Jared Kushner, encouraged his pals at the notorious supermarket tabloid National Enquirer
in 2017 to push the debunked conspiracy theory that MSNBC host Joe Scarborough murdered a female congressional aide, knowledgeable sources confirmed to The Daily Beast."


"More recently, the president has displayed a bizarre obsession with the allegations, even bringing it up Wednesday morning amid nationwide protests, chaos, and growing unrest, declaring on Fox News radio that he thought Scarborough 'got away with murder'. Since last month, officials on Trump’s campaign and in his White House have also devoted time and resources to weighing in on the Scarborough smear."

#Trump #GOP #corruption
 
Trump Had Kushner Push the National Enquirer to Probe Scarborough Murder Conspiracy

"Donald Trump, via his son-in-law Jared Kushner, encouraged his pals at the notorious supermarket tabloid National Enquirer
in 2017 to push the debunked conspiracy theory that MSNBC host Joe Scarborough murdered a female congressional aide, knowledgeable sources confirmed to The Daily Beast."


"More recently, the president has displayed a bizarre obsession with the allegations, even bringing it up Wednesday morning amid nationwide protests, chaos, and growing unrest, declaring on Fox News radio that he thought Scarborough 'got away with murder'. Since last month, officials on Trump’s campaign and in his White House have also devoted time and resources to weighing in on the Scarborough smear."

#Trump #GOP #corruption
 
Very major #corruption scandals still emerge in Europe’s second-largest institution #epo and illegal #patents get granted as well as promoted
 
Very major #corruption scandals still emerge in Europe’s second-largest institution #epo and illegal #patents get granted as well as promoted
 
Trump' refusal to release mid-year economic forecast is an obvious election year ploy

"Administration officials have confirmed that the White House, breaking with decades of precedent, will not publish a mid-year economic forecast—a decision critics said is an obvious move to shield President Donald Trump from the political implications of a tanking economy ahead of November's election."

#Trump #GOP #corruption #incompetence #election2020
 
New Trump public land rules will let Alaska hunters kill bear cubs in dens

"The ‘amazingly cruel’ move by the National Park Service reverses Obama-era regulations which also affect wolves and coyotes."

"The Trump administration is finalizing rules that will allow hunters in Alaska’s national preserves to shoot bears and wolves, and their cubs and pups, while they are in their dens."

"The National Park Service is reversing regulations written by the Barack Obama administration, which banned some of the much-criticized practices for hunting the predators, including luring bears with food like doughnuts."




#Trump #GOP #wildlife #corruption #environment
 
Corruption is The Republican Way (tm).

Pence Chief Of Staff Owns Stocks That Could Conflict With Coronavirus Response

#Trump #Pence #GOP #corruption #incompetence #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #FAIL #exploitation #healthcare #MedicareForAll
 
Trump Economic Advisor Reduces Workers to ‘Human Capital Stock’

"Calling people 'stock' is next level apathetic, and the way Hassett used the term so casually lines up with the lack of empathy shown to the victims of the coronavirus by Trump’s administration and Republicans since the crisis began months ago."

"Trump has moved ahead with attempts to cut food stamps during the crisis while Republicans in Congress have balked at passing a second stimulus package and are looking to phase out coronavirus-related unemployment benefits."

#Trump #Pence #GOP #corruption #incompetence #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #FAIL #science #exploitation #healthcare #MedicareForAll #inequality
Trump Economic Advisor Reduces Workers to ‘Human Capital Stock’
 
Quote of note:

"The historical comparisons are breathtaking. More Americans have died of the coronavirus in the last 12 weeks than died in the Vietnam and Korean Wars combined and nearly twice as many as died of battle wounds during World War I. The death toll has nearly matched the number of people killed by the initial blasts of the world’s first atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In terms of American deaths, it is the equivalent of 22 Iraq wars, 33 Sept. 11 attacks, 41 Afghanistan wars, 42 Pearl Harbors or 25,000 Benghazis."

Via Trump Tweets and Golfs, but Makes No Mention of Virus’s Toll

#Trump #Pence #GOP #corruption #incompetence #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #FAIL #science #exploitation #healthcare #MedicareForAll #inequality
 
Quote of note:

"Zach Fuentes, President Trump’s former deputy chief of staff, won a $3 million federal contract to supply respirator masks to Navajo Nation hospitals in New Mexico and Arizona 11 days after he created a company to sell personal protective equipment in response to the coronavirus pandemic, ProPublica reports."

"The masks didn’t work."

Via Ex-Trump Aide Awarded $3 Million Contract

#Trump #Pence #GOP #corruption #incompetence #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #FAIL #science #exploitation #healthcare #MedicareForAll #inequality
Ex-Trump Aide Awarded $3 Million Contract
 

Trump Just Removed the IG Investigating Elaine Chao. Chao’s Husband, Mitch McConnell, Already Vetted the Replacement

In yet another assault on checks and balances, President Trump abruptly removed the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) independent watchdog late Friday – the same night he announced plans to fire the State Department Inspector General (IG). At DOT, the acting IG was overseeing a high profile investigation of Secretary Chao’s alleged favoritism benefiting her husband Senator Mitch McConnell’s political prospects, but has now been replaced with a political appointee from within the agency. The acting IG’s ouster calls into question the future of the Chao-McConnell investigation, other critical oversight, and whether the watchdog was dismissed for unearthing damaging information.

This move is the latest salvo of Trump’s assault on oversight. And it looks like the President made sure to cover all his bases to block accountability, not only nominating an IG to succeed the experienced watchdog who held the post, but also demoting the acting IG who was investigating Chao, and installing a political appointee to serve in his place while the Senate considers a permanent replacement. To make matters worse, Trump’s pick to be the new acting IG, Howard “Skip” Elliott, already has a job overseeing the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), an office he will now also be in charge of policing.

Trump’s decision to sideline DOT acting IG Mitch Behm (who has 17 years of experience with OIG) was lost in the shuffle of outrage following the announcement that Trump planned to fire the State Department IG, but potential conflicts of interest abound. The most high profile is the DOT OIG’s review of allegations that Secretary Chao gave Senator McConnell’s constituents special treatment and helped steer millions of federal dollars to Kentucky as he is facing low approval ratings and a tough reelection bid. ...
https://www.citizensforethics.org/trump-removed-watchdog-investigating-elaine-chao-mcconnell-vetted-replacement/

#politics #USPolitics #TheOrangeTurd #Trump #ShootTheMessenger #FridayNightMassacre #MoscowMitch #MitchMcConnell #ElaineChao #Corruption #RetaliatoryFiring #DepartmentOfTransportation #InspectorGeneral #GOP #MitchBehm #Kentucky #vote
Trump Just Removed the IG Investigating Elaine Chao. Chao’s Husband, Mitch McConnell, Already Vetted the Replacement.
 

Trump Just Removed the IG Investigating Elaine Chao. Chao’s Husband, Mitch McConnell, Already Vetted the Replacement

In yet another assault on checks and balances, President Trump abruptly removed the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) independent watchdog late Friday – the same night he announced plans to fire the State Department Inspector General (IG). At DOT, the acting IG was overseeing a high profile investigation of Secretary Chao’s alleged favoritism benefiting her husband Senator Mitch McConnell’s political prospects, but has now been replaced with a political appointee from within the agency. The acting IG’s ouster calls into question the future of the Chao-McConnell investigation, other critical oversight, and whether the watchdog was dismissed for unearthing damaging information.

This move is the latest salvo of Trump’s assault on oversight. And it looks like the President made sure to cover all his bases to block accountability, not only nominating an IG to succeed the experienced watchdog who held the post, but also demoting the acting IG who was investigating Chao, and installing a political appointee to serve in his place while the Senate considers a permanent replacement. To make matters worse, Trump’s pick to be the new acting IG, Howard “Skip” Elliott, already has a job overseeing the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), an office he will now also be in charge of policing.

Trump’s decision to sideline DOT acting IG Mitch Behm (who has 17 years of experience with OIG) was lost in the shuffle of outrage following the announcement that Trump planned to fire the State Department IG, but potential conflicts of interest abound. The most high profile is the DOT OIG’s review of allegations that Secretary Chao gave Senator McConnell’s constituents special treatment and helped steer millions of federal dollars to Kentucky as he is facing low approval ratings and a tough reelection bid. ...
https://www.citizensforethics.org/trump-removed-watchdog-investigating-elaine-chao-mcconnell-vetted-replacement/

#politics #USPolitics #TheOrangeTurd #Trump #ShootTheMessenger #FridayNightMassacre #MoscowMitch #MitchMcConnell #ElaineChao #Corruption #RetaliatoryFiring #DepartmentOfTransportation #InspectorGeneral #GOP #MitchBehm #Kentucky #vote
Trump Just Removed the IG Investigating Elaine Chao. Chao’s Husband, Mitch McConnell, Already Vetted the Replacement.
 

Trump Just Removed the IG Investigating Elaine Chao. Chao’s Husband, Mitch McConnell, Already Vetted the Replacement

In yet another assault on checks and balances, President Trump abruptly removed the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) independent watchdog late Friday – the same night he announced plans to fire the State Department Inspector General (IG). At DOT, the acting IG was overseeing a high profile investigation of Secretary Chao’s alleged favoritism benefiting her husband Senator Mitch McConnell’s political prospects, but has now been replaced with a political appointee from within the agency. The acting IG’s ouster calls into question the future of the Chao-McConnell investigation, other critical oversight, and whether the watchdog was dismissed for unearthing damaging information.

This move is the latest salvo of Trump’s assault on oversight. And it looks like the President made sure to cover all his bases to block accountability, not only nominating an IG to succeed the experienced watchdog who held the post, but also demoting the acting IG who was investigating Chao, and installing a political appointee to serve in his place while the Senate considers a permanent replacement. To make matters worse, Trump’s pick to be the new acting IG, Howard “Skip” Elliott, already has a job overseeing the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), an office he will now also be in charge of policing.

Trump’s decision to sideline DOT acting IG Mitch Behm (who has 17 years of experience with OIG) was lost in the shuffle of outrage following the announcement that Trump planned to fire the State Department IG, but potential conflicts of interest abound. The most high profile is the DOT OIG’s review of allegations that Secretary Chao gave Senator McConnell’s constituents special treatment and helped steer millions of federal dollars to Kentucky as he is facing low approval ratings and a tough reelection bid. ...
https://www.citizensforethics.org/trump-removed-watchdog-investigating-elaine-chao-mcconnell-vetted-replacement/

#politics #USPolitics #TheOrangeTurd #Trump #ShootTheMessenger #FridayNightMassacre #MoscowMitch #MitchMcConnell #ElaineChao #Corruption #RetaliatoryFiring #DepartmentOfTransportation #InspectorGeneral #GOP #MitchBehm #Kentucky #vote
Trump Just Removed the IG Investigating Elaine Chao. Chao’s Husband, Mitch McConnell, Already Vetted the Replacement.
 

Trump Just Removed the IG Investigating Elaine Chao. Chao’s Husband, Mitch McConnell, Already Vetted the Replacement

In yet another assault on checks and balances, President Trump abruptly removed the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) independent watchdog late Friday – the same night he announced plans to fire the State Department Inspector General (IG). At DOT, the acting IG was overseeing a high profile investigation of Secretary Chao’s alleged favoritism benefiting her husband Senator Mitch McConnell’s political prospects, but has now been replaced with a political appointee from within the agency. The acting IG’s ouster calls into question the future of the Chao-McConnell investigation, other critical oversight, and whether the watchdog was dismissed for unearthing damaging information.

This move is the latest salvo of Trump’s assault on oversight. And it looks like the President made sure to cover all his bases to block accountability, not only nominating an IG to succeed the experienced watchdog who held the post, but also demoting the acting IG who was investigating Chao, and installing a political appointee to serve in his place while the Senate considers a permanent replacement. To make matters worse, Trump’s pick to be the new acting IG, Howard “Skip” Elliott, already has a job overseeing the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), an office he will now also be in charge of policing.

Trump’s decision to sideline DOT acting IG Mitch Behm (who has 17 years of experience with OIG) was lost in the shuffle of outrage following the announcement that Trump planned to fire the State Department IG, but potential conflicts of interest abound. The most high profile is the DOT OIG’s review of allegations that Secretary Chao gave Senator McConnell’s constituents special treatment and helped steer millions of federal dollars to Kentucky as he is facing low approval ratings and a tough reelection bid. ...
https://www.citizensforethics.org/trump-removed-watchdog-investigating-elaine-chao-mcconnell-vetted-replacement/

#politics #USPolitics #TheOrangeTurd #Trump #ShootTheMessenger #FridayNightMassacre #MoscowMitch #MitchMcConnell #ElaineChao #Corruption #RetaliatoryFiring #DepartmentOfTransportation #InspectorGeneral #GOP #MitchBehm #Kentucky #vote
Trump Just Removed the IG Investigating Elaine Chao. Chao’s Husband, Mitch McConnell, Already Vetted the Replacement.
 
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White. Republican. Conservative. Criminals.

Every day I am constantly reminded of Steve Bannon’s “Deconstruction the Administrative State” remarks…

Also, I am becoming more & more convinced that a lot of the intentional and purposeful malfeasance surround the lack of federal COVID-19 response is primarily due to right-wing conservative dogma – the White House is captured by forces that really do want to destroy the federal government because they see it as a hindrance to their ability to loot and pillage.

This is the uber criminal underground, right out in full view of everyone, pretending to be a political party.

#Trump #Pence #GOP #corruption #incompetence #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #FAIL #science #exploitation #healthcare #MedicareForAll #inequality #greed #inequality
 
Surprise, surprise...

Trump Family Trusts Are Invested in Hydroxychloroquine Maker


#corruption #MakeAmericaSaneAgain
 
Surprise, surprise...

Trump Family Trusts Are Invested in Hydroxychloroquine Maker


#corruption #MakeAmericaSaneAgain
 
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