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WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 16: Mark Sandy, a senior career official at the Office of Management and Budget, arrives to the US Capitol for a closed door deposition with lawmakers regarding whether President Donald Trum... WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 16: Mark Sandy, a senior career official at the Office of Management and Budget, arrives to the US Capitol for a closed door deposition with lawmakers regarding whether President Donald Trump ordered a hold on military assistance to Ukraine on November 16, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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December 30, 2019 12:02 p.m.

One of the interesting side effects of a major scandal is all you learn about the details about how the government actually works, or is supposed to work. This is the case even if you’re broadly knowledgeable about the functioning of the federal bureaucracy. So for instance, one of the career officials in the pipeline for the Ukraine aide was a guy named Mark Sandy.

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