Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney’s vice-presidential running mate, sold stock in US banks on the same day he attended a confidential meeting where top level officials disclosed the sector was heading for a deep crisis.
Though Flynn is not a lobbyist himself, his company, Flynn Intel Group, is registered with Congress as a lobbying organization, and has a registered lobbyist on its staff. A Flynn Intel Group client, Kamil Ekim Alptekin, a Turkish businessman with real estate, aerospace, and consulting interests, told The Intercept on Thursday that one of his companies, Inovo BV, paid Flynn’s company “tens of thousands of dollars” for analysis on world affairs. On election day, Flynn published an opinion piece for The Hill urging U.S. support for Turkey’s controversial strongman president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and pushing for the extradition of Erdogan’s political rival, Fethullah Gülen, who now resides in Pennsylvania. “From Turkey’s point of view, Washington is harboring Turkey’s Osama bin Laden,” Flynn wrote, on November 8.
The jewelry company run by Ivanka Trump apparently saw the new first family’s inaugural television interview on CBS' “60 Minutes” as an opportunity to reach new customers. In an email sent to New York Times reporters, Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry’s vice president of sales, Monica Marder, shared a photograph of the President-elect’s eldest daughter wearing a gold bracelet from the brand’s “Metropolis Collection" priced at more than $10,000.
Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump are listed as "honorary co-chairmen" for the "Opening Day 2017" event, which is seeking donations for unnamed "conservation charities," according to a draft event brochure obtained by TMZ. The brochure posted by TMZ touts several packages that range from $25,000 to $1 million. The most expensive "Bald Eagle" package lists "a private reception and photo opportunity for 16 guests" with the president-elect and a multiday hunting or fishing trip with his sons, among other perks
Donald J. Trump was inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States after one of the most divisive election campaigns in modern times. This is a record of his inauguration address. He declared that the state of the country is afflicted by gangs and drugs and the US congress and Washington DC have ignored the people for too long. He says US has been enriching foreign industries to the detriment of the US industry.
President-elect Donald J. Trump’s choice for White House budget director, Mick Mulvaney failed to pay more than $15,000 in payroll taxes for a household employee, he admitted in a statement to the Senate Budget Committee, the sort of tax compliance issue that has derailed cabinet nominees in the past.
Robert Mercer and his daughter Rebekah, billionaire right wing hedge fund managers who first supported Ted Cruze are the team behind Trumps' victory. When all seemed to be falling apart for Trump this summer, Mercer offered up his own massive political infrastructure, which included Steve Bannon and Kellyanne Conway, and saved Trump’s campaign from demise.
The federal Office of Government Ethics has accused Senate Republicans of speeding confirmation hearings for Donald Trump’s cabinet nominees. OGE director Walter Shaub Jr. told top Senate Democrats in a Saturday letter that the stacked hearing schedule has left his office unable to complete ethics reviews on several nominees, which he called a matter of “great concern.”
Republicans stormed to power in state elections across the country in November on a promise to take on the establishment and return government to the average citizen. But in state capitals where they gained control, they moved quickly to do something else entirely: They’ve consolidated their newfound power — and rewarded their corporate donors — by delivering death blows to a longtime enemy: organized labor.
In a statement Thursday, United States Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND) said he is "honored" to serve as the new chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. Hoeven – a former North Dakota governor and vocal supporter of both the Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines – was elected to lead the committee on Tuesday.