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.What a surprise.
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.
Number 10 were asked three times whether the [Prime Minister] had been in contact with Richard Desmond - but failed to answer.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 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.
...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?
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.https://www.citizensforethics.org/trump-removed-watchdog-investigating-elaine-chao-mcconnell-vetted-replacement/
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. ...