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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"Late Show" host Stephen Colbert opened his Tuesday show with a cure for the make-believe disease "Foxitis." The fake disease was an excuse from a Capitol attacker Anthony Antonio who appeared in court last week.
Antonio's lawyer blamed the right-wing network that his client had watched for several months non-stop. According to him, that causes "Foxitis" or "Foxmania."
Colbert explained that the disease impacts many older Americans and people who hoard canned goods in their sheds.
"Symptoms of Foxitis include Irritable Gutfeld, Bartiromonucleosis, Swollen Ainsley, blood in your Doocy, Ingraham toenail, Jeanine Pirrohoids, Tucker Carsonoma, Kayleigh McAnalcyst and Senital Warts."
The cure, he explained is "off," it's the button atop the remote control, brought to you by the same people who make "mute."
See the video below and share with those who may suffer from the affliction:
On #LSSC tonight: We can cure ‘Foxitis.’ https://t.co/sqYwIDhcuT— A Late Show (@A Late Show) 1620783049.0
Trump's Pentagon chief will testify they were concerned deploying National Guard would look like Martial Law
Former acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller will testify before the House Wednesday that former President Donald Trump had no involvement in denying the deployment of the National Guard when the U.S. Capitol was under attack.
According to his prepared opening statement, "my concerns regarding the appropriate and limited use of the military in domestic matters were heightened by commentary in the media about the possibility of a military coup or that advisors to the President were advocating the declaration of martial law."
"I was also cognizant of the fears promulgated by many about the prior use of the military in the June 2020 response to protests near the White House and fears that the President would invoke the Insurrection Act to politicize the military in an anti-democratic manner," the statement also says.
Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) spent the weekend proclaiming victory over the Justice Department probe into paid sexual relations with an underage teen. In fact, Gaetz is still under investigation and it has grown more serious as Gaetz's former intern-turned-girlfriend and wingman were interviewed about the accusations against him.
But on Tuesday, as the ousting of Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) loomed over the House Republican Caucus, Gaetz stoked flames by mocking a February tweet from Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL).
In the tweet, Kinzinger was responding to the first vote Republicans took to keep Cheney in the GOP leadership. Gaetz posted a video of himself speaking to Steve Bannon claiming that they had the votes to remove Cheney. They didn't then, though it seems they do now.
Gaetz tweeted it saying that the tweet didn't age well, but it was Kinzinger who got the last laugh.
"I'd stay away from 'aging well' tweets," he said.
@mattgaetz I’d stay away from “aging well” tweets— Adam Kinzinger (@Adam Kinzinger) 1620784915.0
The burn was so major that Daily Beast reporter Matt Fuller said it made him want to report a murder.
I don’t want to do a “Hello, 911? Yes, I’d like to report a murder” tweet, but damn. https://t.co/Z8lRyL79eC— Matt Fuller (@Matt Fuller) 1620785666.0
Given Gaetz is being accused of having sex with a minor, Daily Beast editor Molly-Jong Fast agreed that Gaetz should probably stay away from talking about the age of anything.
@MollyJongFast @AdamKinzinger @mattgaetz Adam for the win 😂— PGBAGE (@PGBAGE) 1620785710.0
Trash talking along with memes and gifs quickly followed:
@AdamKinzinger @mattgaetz Well this was a devastating downfield block on Senator Breathalyzer.— Three Year Letterman (@Three Year Letterman) 1620785657.0
@AdamKinzinger @mattgaetz https://t.co/Q5y4b01v65— Tina -#VoteBlue (@Tina -#VoteBlue) 1620785150.0
@AdamKinzinger @mattgaetz https://t.co/RlYnOuwi9p— Outspoken (@Outspoken) 1620785616.0
@AdamKinzinger @mattgaetz https://t.co/tKFLIYHghI— Jerry 🧂 (@Jerry 🧂) 1620785613.0
@AdamKinzinger @mattgaetz https://t.co/J21nnJAKZx— BobbyC (FV - fully vaccinated) (@BobbyC (FV - fully vaccinated)) 1620785331.0
@AdamKinzinger @mattgaetz https://t.co/RoN15ftgv6— Cobaltcougar (@Cobaltcougar) 1620785106.0
@TrashPandaFTW @AdamKinzinger @mattgaetz At this point anybody working PR for Matt is just as pathetic as he is...— Johnny White Castle (@Johnny White Castle) 1620785578.0
@tschaffer33 @AdamKinzinger @mattgaetz I can’t stop laughing at this….well done Tom.— BD (@BD) 1620787245.0
@AdamKinzinger @mattgaetz https://t.co/kMpaP6mbTA— Will (@Will) 1620785278.0
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