Trump Administration Divestitures
Ethic rules require high-level officials to sell or otherwise divest themselves of financial entanglements that could cause conflicts of interest, and no one has more entanglements than the posh Trump Administration.
When officials get rid of those entanglements, they file a Certificate of Divestiture with the Office of Government Ethics. But the OGE doesn’t post them. (My hunch is that they would love to post these forms but are blocked by political machinations.) So they have to be requested. I’m in the process of requesting all these revealing documents and will post them here as I receive them.
Steve Mnuchin, Secretary of the Treasury: March 13, 2017
Mick Mulvaney, Director, Office of Management and Budget: March 10, 2017
Rick Perry, Secretary of Energy: March 8, 2017
Tom Price, Secretary of Health and Human Services: February 10, 2017
Jeff Sessions, Attorney General: March 24, 2017
Rex Tillerson, Secretary of State: Feburary 7, 2017
NEW Rod Rosenstein, Deputy Attorney General: June 1, 2017
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Note: Title 1 of the Ethics in Government Act of 1978, as amended, 5 U.S.C. app. § 105(c), states that: It shall be unlawful for any person to obtain or use a report: (A) for any unlawful purpose; (B) for any commercial purpose, other than by news and communications media for dissemination to the general public; (C) for determining or establishing the credit rating of any individual; or (D) for use, directly or indirectly, in the solicitation of money for any political, charitable, or other purpose. The Attorney General may bring a civil action against any person who obtains or uses a report for any purpose prohibited in paragraph (1) of this subsection. The court in which such action is brought may assess against such person a penalty in any amount not to exceed $11,000. Such remedy shall be in addition to any other remedy available under statutory or common law.