Cabinet hearings will begin tomorrow, before any nominees have completed FBI background checks. Ethics lawyers for both Bush and Obama say that Trump’s cabinet hearings must be delayed until both FBI and OGE have vetted them. Reince Priebus says there’s no reason to do background checks because, “These are people that have been highly successful in their lives.”
The second Financial Times article puts Trump at the middle of a money laundering scheme, in which his real estate deals were used to hide not just an infusion of capital from Russia and former Soviet states, but to launder hundreds of millions looted by oligarchs. All Trump had to do was close his eyes to the source of the money, and suddenly empty apartments were going for top dollar.
Trump Is Letting Go the People in Charge of Maintaining Our Nuclear Arsenal. I wish I were making up this quote as an amusing bit of hyperbole, but alas:
The source later added, “I’m more and more coming around to the idea that we’re so very very fucked.”
Matthew T. Sanderson, a lawyer at Caplin & Drysdale and former general counsel to Senator Rand Paul’s presidential campaign, said that, ideally, the transactions would be independent of the person selling the asset.
But as outlined by Ms. Gorelick, Mr. Sanderson said, the plan falls short of that standard. Not only does Mr. Kushner intend to sell the assets to his brother, Joshua, a venture capitalist, and to a trust controlled by his mother, Seryl, but his mother and siblings are the beneficiaries of the trust.
“It sounds like a shell game to me,” Mr. Sanderson said.
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) January 8, 2017
Trump is taking credit for a deal Chrysler struck with the UAW over a year ago.
Yep. They announced this 16 months ago. It was an agreement with UAW. A labor union. They got this done, not you. https://t.co/wE6iOj3JXk
— Tom Bonier (@tbonier) January 9, 2017
Transition Team & Cabinet Appointees
Betsy DeVos’s confirmation hearing has been postponed to January 17. She still owes $5 million in elections fines dating back to 2008.
This would be the first time in Senate history that a sitting senator will testify against another sitting senator for a Cabinet post during a confirmation.
Under Rex Tillerson, ExxonMobile did business with Iran while it was under US sanctions. And Syria. And Sudan.
Monica Crowley plagiarized her dissertation as well as her book.