Yet another top Trump administration official is now under investigation. Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan, a former Boeing executive, is being investigated for ethics violations related to his alleged acts of helping his previous employer.
“The Department of Defense Office of Inspector General has decided to investigate complaints we recently received that Acting Secretary Patrick Shanahan allegedly took actions to promote his former employer, Boeing, and disparage its competitors, allegedly in violation of ethics rules,” DoD IG spokesperson Dwrena Allen said, according to Politico.
Shanahan was Trump’s January 1 quick pick to replace outgoing Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who resigned in a widely-distributed letter condemning the Commander-in-Chief.
While Deputy Defense Secretary, Shanahan reportedly disparaged Boeing rival Lockheed Martin during meetings at the Pentagon, “and held up Boeing as an example,” Politico adds.
Shanahan, who worked for Boeing for three decades, allegedly called a Lockheed Martin F-35 stealth fighter jet “f—ed up,” and criticized the company.
He also reportedly tried to force the Air Force to buy a different Boeing fighter jet, the F-15X, against the Air Force’s wishes.
“More than half of Trump’s 20-person Cabinet has engaged in questionable or unethical conduct,” Marketplace reported one year ago.
The Center for American Progress reported last week that “Four top Trump administration officials have resigned under a cloud of corruption after wasting taxpayer dollars or abusing their position for personal gain: U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price; Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt; U.S. Secretary of Veteran Affairs David Shulkin; and U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke.”
CAP also noted that President Trump “is doubling down on nominating conflicted individuals to his Cabinet.”
Rudy Giuliani recently asked Trump to pre-emptively pardon him in case he’s charged with a crime: report
On Tuesday, The New York Times reported that outgoing President Donald Trump's attorney and ally Rudy Giuliani has discussed the possibility of a pre-emptive pardon with the president, in case he is charged with federal crimes down the road.
"It was not clear who raised the topic," said the report. "The men have also talked previously about a pardon for Mr. Giuliani, according to the people. Mr. Trump has not indicated what he will do, one of the people said."
We’ll be learning bad stuff about Donald Trump for years
The media may not have to quit their addiction to President Donald Trump anytime soon.
The nature of presidential record-keeping, and Trump's habit of ripping up documents and making enemies of his staffers, should ensure a steady flow of shocking news about the Trump administration long after he finally leaves the White House, wrote journalist Timothy Noah for The Atlantic.
Trump baffled by vaccine hold-up because he has the ’emotional make-up of a small child’: CNN
Reporting on a planned White House task force meeting on Tuesday where FDA head Steven Hahn is expected to provide an update on the availability of the COVID-19 vaccine, CNN's John Harwood said officials in the government are having to fend off a pestering Donald Trump.
According to CNN's Jim Sciutto, Trump is "upset" that the vaccine hasn't been released to the public yet because he doesn't understand the complexity of the massive public health project and why the FDA hasn't approved the vaccine's release.
"This is not the first time we've been concerned about the president interfering, perhaps with an eye towards politics, to the scientific questions about vaccine approval. What do we know?" Sciutto asked.