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  • JUDGE Aug 9, 2019

    Puerto Rico, With 3 Governors in a Week, Considers a 4th

    A day after Puerto Rico got its third governor in less than a week following angry street protests, top officials from new leader Wanda Vázquez’s own party talked openly Thursday about their desire to see a fourth take over the position. Senate President Thomas Rivera Schatz, who played a key role in the successful court challenge to the swearing-in of...

  • New York May 16, 2019

    Trump Financial Disclosure Reveals Revenue Dip at Mar-A-Lago, Mixed Results at Other Businesses

    President Donald Trump says he’s created “maybe the best economy we’ve had in the history of our country,” but his presidency has been taking a modest economic toll on his businesses, according to annual financial disclosure forms released Thursday. Financial disclosure forms made public by the Office of Government Ethics show overall income from Trump’s businesses in 2018 was roughly...

  • California May 16, 2019

    Army Veteran Police Say Intentionally Drove Into Sunnyvale Crowd in Court

    The Army veteran accused of intentionally crashing into a group of pedestrians in Sunnyvale, injuring eight people, is scheduled to appear in Santa Clara County Court Thursday.

  • Donald Trump Feb 16, 2019

    Oversight Chair: Trump Lawyers Gave False Info on Hush Money

    Federal ethics officials believe President Donald Trump’s lawyers provided false information about the $130,000 payment to buy the silence of porn actress Stormy Daniels after she alleged she had sex with Trump, the chairman of the House oversight committee said Friday. Rep. Elijah Cummings, a Maryland Democrat, said internal documents from the Office of Government Ethics described that Trump’s personal...

  • Congress May 2, 2018

    EPA Security Chief, Superfund Head Leave Amid Ethics Probes

    The two top officials in charge of security and toxic-waste cleanups at the Environmental Protection Agency have abruptly left their jobs, days after EPA administrator Scott Pruitt told lawmakers that his subordinates were to blame for alleged ethical lapses that have prompted more than a dozen federal investigations of the agency. In statements Tuesday, Pruitt praised the two men —...

  • spokesman Apr 28, 2018

    EPA Launches Internal Probe of Pruitt's Condo Deal

    The Environmental Protection Agency is opening internal investigations into Scott Pruitt’s $50-a-night condo deal with a lobbyist and other recent allegations, adding to about a dozen federal probes involving the EPA chief. EPA Inspector General Arthur A. Elkins Jr. confirmed the new investigations in a letter to lawmakers written Wednesday and released Friday.

  • White House Apr 20, 2018

    EPA Watchdog Opens Latest Investigation Into Pruitt Security Costs

    The internal watchdog at the Environmental Protection Agency has launched yet another investigation of travel and security spending involving embattled administrator Scott Pruitt. EPA Inspector General Arthur Elkins wrote in a letter that his office will review spending by Pruitt’s full-time security detail at times when he wasn’t traveling for any official purpose.

  • Head Mar 27, 2018

    White House Probing Huge Loans to Kushner's Family Firm

    White House officials are looking into whether $500 million in loans that went to Trump administration senior adviser Jared Kushner’s family real estate company may have spurred ethics or criminal law violations, according to the head of the federal government’s ethics agency....
    David J. Apol, acting director of the Office of Government Ethics, said in a letter sent late last week...

  • Donald Trump Nov 9, 2017

    Trump's Chinese Gas Deal Raises Ethics Issues For Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross

    On Sunday, the public learned that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross never fully divested himself of ownership in a global shipping company — one with ties to Russia’s rulers — when he joined President Donald Trump’s Cabinet. But new reporting by NBC News shows that Ross’ potential conflicts of interest go even further. The shipping company’s own documents suggest that Ross’...

  • Donald Trump Jul 22, 2017

    Kushner Adds at Least $10M in Assets to Revised Disclosure

    President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner “inadvertently omitted” more than 70 assets worth at least $10.6 million from his personal financial disclosure reports, according to revised paperwork released Friday. The previously unreported assets were included in updated disclosure reports certified by the U.S. Office of Government Ethics on Thursday as part of the “ordinary review process,” according...

  • Donald Trump Jul 7, 2017

    White House Ethics Oversight Chief Resigns After Clashes With Trump Administration

    The government ethics director who prodded President Donald Trump’s administration over conflicts of interest is resigning to take a new job. Walter Shaub, director of the Office of Government Ethics, is joining the Campaign Legal Center, a nonprofit in Washington that mostly focuses on violations of campaign finance law. Both Shaub and the Campaign Legal Center posted the news on...

  • Donald Trump May 19, 2017

    Trump Attorney Didn't Want Him to Sign Financial Disclosure

    President Donald Trump’s attorneys initially wanted him to submit an updated financial disclosure without certifying the information as true, according to correspondence with the Office of Government Ethics. Attorney Sheri Dillon said she saw no need for Trump to sign his 2016 personal financial disclosure because he is filing voluntarily this year. But OGE director Walter Shaub said his office...

  • Massachusetts Mar 30, 2017

    Ivanka Trump to Become Official White House Employee

    Ivanka Trump is officially joining her father’s administration as an unpaid employee, after her plans to serve in a more informal capacity were questioned by ethics experts. The first daughter announced Wednesday that she will serve as an unpaid employee in the White House, saying she had “heard the concerns some have with my advising the President in my personal...

  • NBC Mar 10, 2017

    Trump Lawyers Scrambled After Conway Clothing Plug: Emails

    After Nordstrom pulled first daughter Ivanka Trump’s clothing line in February, the responses from President Donald Trump and advisor Kellyanne Conway alarmed ethics lawyers enough to jump into action, according to emails obtained by NBC News. The messages show Stefan Passantino, Trump’s lawyer, was on the phone with the Office of Government Ethics the same day the president defended his...

  • Donald Trump Mar 10, 2017

    Sec. Tillerson Recuses Himself From Keystone XL Pipeline Decisions

    Secretary of State Rex Tillerson recused himself from any discussions and decisions involving the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline, the State Department confirmed Thursday. As NBC News reported, the department said Tillerson, the former CEO of ExxonMobil, made the move in early February. However, the department did not give a reason why Tillerson recused himself. The announcement comes after environmental...

  • president Mar 2, 2017

    White House Says Conway Promo of Ivanka Line Inadvertent

    The top White House ethics attorney says counselor Kellyanne Conway “acted inadvertently” and “without nefarious motive” when she promoted Ivanka Trump’s fashion line during a television interview at the White House. Stefan Passantino, deputy counsel to the president on compliance and ethics, wrote in a letter to the Office of Government Ethics that he met with Conway and resolved the...

  • Donald Trump Jan 29, 2017

    President Donald Trump Delivers First Weekly Address

    In his first weekly address as President, Donald Trump talked about keeping jobs in America, the executive orders he signed regarding the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the Keystone and Dakota Access pipelines, and the Mexican border wall.

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