Eve Levin // 10/8/17 //
New York prosecutors were close to charging Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump, Jr. with felony fraud in 2012, and the timeline suggests that political donations to the District Attorney helped thwart the indictments (ProPublica).
Though there were few new developments in the past month, the list of credible allegations of conflicts of interest and corruption against President Trump remains significant, explains Matthew Stephenson at the Global Anticorruption Blog.
Health and Human Services Director Tom Price resigned over the chartered flights scandal (NYT, WaPo).
The Treasury Department’s Office of Inspector General revealed that Treasury Secretary Mnuchin’s flights on military aircraft cost more than $800,000 (NYT).
The leading Democrat on the House Oversight Committee is seeking information on Kellyanne Conway’s private jet flights with former HHS Secretary Tom Price (Politico, WaPo).
The Interior Department’s Inspector General is investigating Secretary Ryan Zinke’s use of chartered aircraft for official business (Politico, The Hill).
Scott Pruitt, the administrator of the EPA, has spent much of his time meeting with industry officials, some of whom have high-profile matters pending before the agency (NYT).
After Jared Kushner’s use private email accounts for White House business became public, Kushner and Ivanka Trump moved their personal email accounts to Trump Organization servers (ArsTechnica).
The VA is trying to repeal an ethics rule preventing its employees from owning stakes in for-profit colleges receiving hundreds of millions in G.I. Bill funds (NYT).