Scandal-plagued Trump adviser hired by DC lobbying firm: report
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On Thursday, Popular Info reported that Tate Bennett, a controversial adviser to former President Donald Trump, was hired by Forbes Tate, a top D.C. lobbying firm — but the hire was kept as quiet as possible.

"Bennett came to Forbes Tate from the White House, where she had served as a Special Assistant to former President Trump since April," wrote Judd Legum. "While at the White House, she was in charge of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, which was plagued by inefficiency and mismanagement. Before that, Bennett had a controversial tenure at the EPA which resulted in three United States Senators accusing her of unethical conduct and demanding an Inspector General Investigation."

As Legum noted, the hire was not advertised, an unusual move.

"Normally, when the firm makes an important new hire, it lets the world know. When Forbes Tate hired Trevor Hanger as a Senior Vice President earlier this month, it was promoted on the Forbes Tate Twitter account, in a press release, and in Politico. When Jerri Ann Henry and Rich Lopez were hired as Senior Vice Presidents in October, they received the same treatment," said the report. "But there was no mention of [Bennett's] hire on Twitter, no press release, and no coverage in Politico. Instead, she was quietly added to a list of employees on the firm website."

As Legum noted, Forbes Tate may have hired Bennett — who also worked as an aide to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) — with the expectation that Republicans would retain control of the Senate, and that they would need someone close to Republican leadership.