This Week, At Least 4 New Ethics Controversies For Trump Administration

Trump’s administration is doing its best to maximize the corruption in Washington. Only under Trump’s presidency could there be at least four major agencies suffering new ethical controversies – in the same week! Take a look:


HUD: Ben Carson hired the 29-year-old son of his “very closest friend” and former real estate deal partner as his deputy chief of staff.


CNN: “Alfonso Costa Jr., 29, is expected to join the department in the coming weeks, a source familiar with the decision told CNN … Costa's father is a dentist-turned-real-estate-investor who Carson has described as ‘one of my closest, if not my very closest friend.’ After the elder Costa was convicted for health care fraud, Carson wrote on his behalf to the federal judge sentencing him.”


OMB: The official in charge of much of Trump’s drug price plan is an ex-top pharma lobbyist, who never received an ethics waiver when he joined the administration.

Politico: “Joe Grogan — who has sweeping authority over drug pricing, entitlement programs and other aspects of federal health policy at the Office of Management and Budget — didn't obtain a waiver from a directive Trump issued during his first week in office that imposed a two-year cooling-off period between lobbying and regulating on the same ‘specific issue area.’ Grogan worked as the top lobbyist for Gilead Sciences until he arrived at OMB last March, dealing with issues including how much federal health programs would pay for its medicines.”


EPA: In his first year as EPA administrator, Scott Pruitt’s round-the-clock security detail cost taxpayers nearly $3.5 million.

The Hill: “Scott Pruitt spent nearly $3.5 million on security during his first year as the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).”


DOE: The Energy Department spent at least $63,500 on upgraded flights for Rick Perry in his first six months on the job, despite the fact that coach fares were available for those trips.


ABC News: “The Energy Department records tracking premium travel for the 2017 fiscal year show that coach fares were available for the 12 flights disclosed but that the department approved the premium or first-class fares, adding approximately $51,000 to the cost, as compared to the listed coach prices. Perry's first or business class flights were all listed as part of official agency business and cost the agency at least $63,560.”