One of Donald Trump's last actions as president -- before heading off to Florida -- was to spike his administration's ethics rules banning former aides from lobbying on behalf of foreign interests.
With his last night revocation of the rex striction, the president opened the door for close associates to cash in by seeking work from contacts they made during the four years the now ex-president was in power.
As Politico's Theodoric Meyer put it, "With those restrictions gone, former Trump administration officials will be free to represent foreign powers — exactly the kind of swamp-like behavior Trump had promised to eradicate in his 2016 campaign."
Trump made the promise of a 'lifetime" ban on foreign lobbying a centerpiece of his 2016 presidential campaign, saying it was part of his "drain the swamp" strategy to clean up the government.
Now no such ban would restrict former White House officials -- including son-in-law Jared Kushner -- from profiting off relationships developed while representing the interests of the U.S.
According to Michael McKenna, a former lobbyist who worked in Trump's White House, e he won't take advantage of it, but, "I'm pretty confident that a bunch of people would absolutely love to represent Monaco, France, the United Arab Emirates."
Public Citizen president Robert Weissman concurred, saying, "He is undoing really the only example of policy that was supposed to evidence his commitment to drain the swamp."
Citing former Trump officials Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn, the Politico report states, "The Foreign Agents Registration Act requires those who lobby for foreign governments and political parties — along with some other foreign interests — to disclose their work with the Justice Department. Several prominent Trump allies failed to do so, ensnaring them in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election and other federal investigations," before adding, "There's nothing illegal or even unethical about lobbying for foreign governments, but many lobbyists try to avoid representing countries that have tense relationships with Washington or troubled human rights records."
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School is out at Central Elementary school in Lucedale, Mississippi, and the final bus ride revealed the bus driver left it unattended for about 15 minutes after reportedly falling ill.
The result was 15 minutes of hell for children who were scared, reported WKRG.
“They were crying and yelling,” said Ramiro Pruitt, who was on the bus at the time. Some called their parents.
“She calls me, she’s crying she says mom, come get me, I’m scared,” said Kattie Bragg. Like many parents, she was concerned and wants to know what happened.
“My kids called me, I couldn’t hear them, there were too many kids screaming in the background for their parents,” said mom Nicki Pruitt.
Some then came to the bus to pick up their children, where things got even worse. The bus driver began yelling at the students to stay on the bus and parents to get off the bus. An adult trying to take a child off the bus is likely something the schools generally refuse without the verification of a family member. The school is responsible for children on the bus until they are dropped off.
“She scared those kids on the school bus, nobody wants to get back on the school bus,” said Pruitt.
“I think they want everyone to be quiet about it and they’re going to brush it under the carpet,” said parent Anthony Pruitt.
The videos surfacing are causing a community uproar.
The school is researching what happened.
See one of the videos below:
Bus 276 Incident www.youtube.com
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Witch-hunting pastor who attacked Joe Biden tells IRS he doesn't need their 'stupid tax-exempt status'
Contributions to Global Vision Church apparently will no longer be tax-deductible after the lead pastor went off on a rant about Democrats and former President Joe Biden.
It was just a few weeks ago that Pastor Greg Locke ranted, “You cannot be a Christian and vote Democrat in this nation.”
“I’m to the place right now [that] if you vote Democrat, I don’t even want you around this church. You can get out,” Locke yelled at one point in his sermon. “You get out, you demon. You get out, you baby butchering election thief.”
It was just last year that the self-proclaimed "prophet" said that President Joe Biden was possessed by a demon.
Last week a religious freedom group, Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, filed a complaint against Locke and his church. Their letter explains that Locke also "clearly told his congregants to vote against the Democrats, from the pulpit of his church," which they said "violates the law and we ask for an investigation into Locke’s conduct under 26 U.S.C. § 7611."
But on Sunday, Locke proclaimed he doesn't want the IRS's tax-free status.
"IRS - we don’t need your stupid tax-exempt status! I renounce 501c3 communism!" he proclaimed.
He explained he gave up the status voluntarily rather than the IRS stepping in and revoking it.
He told the group that no one asked them to be there on Sunday, and when people protested his comments they were called a demon and told parishioners to drag the people out.
See the video below:
WATCH: “IRS - we don’t need your stupid tax exempt status! I renounce 501c3 communism!” 🙃😵💫
MAGA grifter Greg Locke says he dissolved his tax-exempt org voluntarily 🤔after calls for IRS to strip it due to him threatening more insurrection and saying Christians can’t be Dems. pic.twitter.com/tkjYZ0ybqF
— The Tennessee Holler (@TheTNHoller) May 23, 2022