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Former Trump Ethics Chief: Congress Must Investigate Trump/Saudi Ties

Former Trump Ethics Chief: Congress Must Investigate Trump/Saudi Ties

Yesterday HillReporter reported that Congressman Joaquin Castro told CNN’s Poppy Harlow that there are reports that President Trump’s son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner may have given U.S. Intel to the Saudis. This report appears to have been derived from an article this past April in the DailyMail which claimed that the Saudi Crown Prince had bragged about receiving CIA intelligence from Kushner.

Now, former director of the United States Office of Government Ethics, Walter Shaub, has a suggestion for Congress.  Shaub who worked in his position as the chief of Government Ethics from January 9, 2013 – July 19, 2017, under Presidents Obama and Trump, tweeted this morning:

“If the U.S. had a Congress, it would launch hearings on how the sprawling conflicts of interest of Trump & Kushner are influencing the White House’s complicity in the cover-up of Khashoggi’s murder. What we have instead is a partisan majority that doesn’t love its country enough.”

The scathing attack on our current Republican Congress appears to be the result of their sheer reluctance to fully investigate links between President Trump and Russia.  As you may recall, the U.S. House of Representatives ended their investigation into possible Trump/Russia collusion months ago.

Shaub also appeared on CNN’s New Day, this morning, further discussing his concerns.

“Remember that the original sin of the administration is that the president broke with the tradition of presidents divesting their conflicting financial interests, Shaub explained. “And then he went about promoting his properties with all of these trips to them. And now we’ve also got the situation where he’s not disclosing really what his interests are. The financial disclosure form doesn’t tell you who his business partners are or who his businesses owe money or what deals he’s got in the works, so all we know is that he has said inconsistent things about it. The burden of proof is on him because he chose to break with the tradition and keep those conflicts of interest. But this Congress has been complicit in allowing him to not answer questions and not pursue the issue.”

Shaub then went on to explain that he doesn’t believe Trump deserves the benefit of the doubt, given that he has been trying in many ways to monetize his presidency since taking office.  He then mentions the hypocrisy within Congress by pointing out what would be happening if Hillary Clinton was currently president.

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“If it had been his rival who won the election, we would have had hearing after hearing after hearing over her nonprofit charity — but nothing so far on his for-profit businesses,” Shaub explained.

The entire interview with Shaub can be seen below.


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