Slowly But Inexorably Self Draining …
Greg Lance – Watkins
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it is starting to look as if Donald Trumps promise to ‘Drain The Swamp’ is starting to work with Nikki Haley’s resignation the day after an inquiry is called for by a Washington ethics watchdog to investigate her acceptance of around $24K of perks from South Carolina, where she was Governor, businessmen of wealth have funded luxury travel for her!
Nikki Haley is not the first to go in what looks like becoming a self draining swamp as other members of Trump’s administration are found to be on the make & the take.
Now all we have to wait for is Trump & his family to drain away as a result of the many ways they are directly benefitting from their public offices – for example Trump’s jollies; yet again off to golf courses & hotels he owns where the tax payers of America fund flights by plane & helicopter for him with advisors & cronies and a large contingent of taxpayer funded security & secret service officials.
Trump and his family also directly benefit from the advertising of his venues/destinations and the direct income from accomodation, food etc.
It looks very much as if this scoundrel has built himself a luxury island on a swamp of his own making – let us hope he gets his comeuppance for his corruption as the island sinks in the slime he has gathered around him – he may even be forced to publish his tax returns he is so determinedly keeping hidden. Such transparency in his financial swamp would I guess be a first!
The 2017 flights, which Haley listed on her public financial disclosure report this year, were between New York, Washington and three cities in her home state of South Carolina, where she was governor before joining the Trump administration. The watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington said the flights were likely worth about $24,000 and should be investigated by the State Department’s inspector general.
“By accepting gifts of luxury private flights, Ambassador Haley seems to be falling in line with other Trump administration officials who are reaping personal benefits from their public positions,” Noah Bookbinder, executive director of the group, said in a statement. “Our ethics laws are clearly written to prevent even the appearance of corruption and improper influence.”
At a “minimum,” Bookbinder said, Haley should have been sensitive to the appearance of accepting pricey gifts from businessmen — especially at a time when other Trump officials have been caught in scandals for lavish travel.
Haley argued in her disclosure that the flights, which she valued at $3,200, were exempt from ethics regulations because of her personal relationship with the businessmen who paid for the gifts. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington argued that Haley didn’t provide enough information supporting the claim.
Jimmy Gibbs, CEO of textile machine company Gibbs International Inc., paid for four of the flights. Others were paid for by Smyth McKissick, CEO of his family’s Alice Manufacturing, and Mikee Johnson, then-CEO of Cox Industries, his family’s wood business, according to Haley’s report.
Haley’s acceptance of the free flights failed to comply with “executive branch regulations restricting gifts from sources outside the government,” the watchdog group said. The regulations were enacted so that wealthy citizens can’t use expensive gifts to wrangle special treatment from government officials.
President Donald Trump’s former Health and Human Services head Tom Priceresigned last year after spending $1 million in taxpayer money for pricey chartered jets and using military aircraft for government work.
Scott Pruitt, head of the Environmental Protection Agency, resigned this year amid an avalanche of scandals including accepting reduced rent on an apartment owned by a gas industry lobbyist and pricey travel and security paid for by taxpayers.
Brock Long, Trump’s head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, last month was ordered to repay the treasury for using government SUVs for personal travel, costing taxpayers $150,000.
Haley could not be immediately reached for comment.
UPDATE: 10:35 a.m. ― Haley resigned as United Nations ambassador the day after CREW called for an investigation.
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