This Week: Faced With Subpoenas, Trump Orders Underlings To Ignore Them
The Trump administration is full of former lobbyists who now have direct access to the levers of power they once so lustily ogled. And so the inspectors generals of the executive branch have their work cut out for them. This week, a half-dozen Interior Department political appointees found themselves under the microscope for a series of meetings they took with former clients and employers in their official capacities. Yes, the NRA makes an appearance. That adds to the workload of the inspector general, who is already looking into their new boss, Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, for similar alleged infractions while he was second-in-command at the Department. Speaking of former fossil fuel lobbyists: EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler heard again from House Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) this week that the committee is investigating discrepancies between Wheeler’s own financial disclosures and those submitted by his former employer. The employer, Faefre Baker Daniels Consulting, told Congress Wheeler made a few thousand dollars in 2015 lobbying…
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