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Tag: conflict of interest

Trump’s Nominee for Homeland Security Has Conflict of Interest

Kirstjen Nielsen, via Twitter

Kirstjen Nielsen, via Twitter

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Trump’s pick to lead the Department of Homeland Security, Kirstjen Nielsen, has found herself in a tough position following the discovery that she was guided through the confirmation process by a private consultant with a conflict of interest.

The consultant and cofounder of Command Group, Thad Bingel, represents companies seeking millions in DHS contracts, the Washington Post reports, citing government-ethics watchdog groups and current and former national security experts. 

Bingel’s firm offers “full spectrum solutions related to safety, security, and intelligence” to clients “on six continents.”

Nielsen was jointed by Bingel as she made rounds on Capitol Hill ahead of the Senate Homeland Security committee’s nomination vote.

“He was introduced to our staff as Nielsen’s aide,” said one Senate staffer, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss the closed-door meeting.

White House spokesman Hogan Gidley denied the relationship amounted to a conflict of interest.

“There’s nothing inappropriate or new about an individual volunteering their time to help prepare a nominee for the Senate confirmation process,” said Hogan Gidley, a White House spokesman, in a statement.

The Post wrote:

In copies of recent emails viewed by The Washington Post, Bingel was included in internal communications between DHS officials and White House staffers working to advance Nielsen’s nomination. The messages involved nearly a dozen officials, and Bingel was the only person who wasn’t a government staffer.

The exchanges show Bingel, a private contractor, leading briefings to DHS officials. Bingel, whose role in Nielsen’s nomination was first reported by Cyberscoop, did not respond to interview requests.

Congressional Democrats to Sue Trump over Foreign Payments to His Businesses

US CapitolBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Nearly 200 Democratic members of Congress are planning to file a federal lawsuit today accusing President Trump of violating the Constitution by accepting money from foreign governments for his business empire.

The suit alleges Trump violated the Foreign Emoluments Clause, who prohibits the president from accepting payments from foreign governments without congressional consent, the New York Times reports. 

At least 184 members of Congress have already signed the draft complaint, as of Tuesday evening.

Among the allegations is that Trump is profiting from foreign diplomats who stay in his hotels.

“The founders ensured that federal officeholders would not decide for themselves whether particular emoluments were likely to compromise their own independence or lead them to put personal interest over national interest,” the lawsuit states. “An officeholder, in short, should not be the sole judge of his own integrity.”

It is the third such lawsuit alleging that Trump is using his leadership position to profit from foreign governments.

Trump’s Friend, Business Partner Among Finalists to Build New FBI HQ

The FBI's current headquarters in Washington D.C.

The FBI’s current headquarters in Washington D.C.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A longtime friend and business partner of Donald Trump and his family is one of three finalists to build a new FBI headquarters and campus, raising serious ethical questions.

“It creates a huge conflict,” Rep. Gerald Connolly, a Virginia Democrat who sits on the House Oversight Committee, told ABC News. “It’s an enormous project. The exposure here for the Trump administration is very real.”

The company in question is Vornado Realty Trust, a New York real estate firm whose founder and chairman is Steven Roth, a family friend, business partner and occasional adviser to Trump.

In fact, Trump gave Roth a key role in the president’s infrastructure advisory council and recently introduced Roth to a crowd in Cincinnati as one of “the greatest builders in America.”

ABC News reported:

Through business partnerships with both the Trump Organization and the Kushner Company, Roth’s firm has a level of financial codependence with the First Family that Connolly said could spark intense debate over the Trump administration’s handling of potential conflicts.

Vornado and The Trump Organization are jointly invested in two buildings — one in Manhattan and another in San Francisco. Vornado is also in the midst of active negotiations with the Kushner Company about the future of a troubled investment by Kushner’s family in a New York City skyscraper at 666 Fifth Avenue, according to a Kushner Co. spokesman. The company came to the rescue of the Kushners when it agreed to an arrangement that gave Vornado 49.5 percent of the office portion of the New York tower, and 70 percent of the retail space.

Goodbye Joe: Lieberman Withdraws Name From Consideration for FBI Director, Citing Possible Conflict of Interest

Ex-Sen. Lieberman/senate photo

Ex-Sen. Lieberman/senate photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Ex- Sen. Joe Lieberman is no longer in the running for FBI director.

Lieberman sent a  letter to President Donald Trump on Wednesday withdrawing his name from consideration for FBI director, citing a potential conflict of interest, ABC News reports.

Lieberman notes that the White House has enlisted Marc Kasowitz — who works at his law firm, to coordinate the administration’s response to the Russia investigation.

“With your selection of Marc Kasowitz to represent you in the various investigations that have begun, I do believe it would be best to avoid any appearance of a conflict of interest, given my role as a senior counsel in the law firm of which Marc is the senior partner,” Lieberman wrote in the letter.

Lieberman seemed like an unlikely choice, anyways.

His law enforcement background was limited to being attorney general in Connecticut before being elected to the Senate. It’s not likely his nomination would have been received that warmly by the Senate.

Attorneys for Gangster James “Whitey” Bulger Say Judge Has Conflict of Interest

Whitey Bulger/fbi

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Attorneys for the notorious gangster James “Whitey” Bulger said their client received immunity to commit crimes from a late federal prosecutor, the Irish Central reports.

The prosecutor, Jeremiah O’Sullivan, a former U.S. attorney, worked as a federal prosecutor at the same time as U.S. District Court Judge Richard Stearns, who is presiding over the case.

Bulger’s attorney, J.W. Carney Jr., said Stearns should recuse himself because the past working relationship with O’Sullivan constitutes a conflict of interest, the Irish Central reported.

Carney says Stearns was chief of the criminal division during a federal investigation of Bulger. But Stearns declined the request, saying he was not aware of Bulger being the target of an investigation at the time.