Trump White House: A culture of unethical behavior

It doesn't take a year to fill out financial disclosure forms:

A year into Donald Trump’s presidency, records show five of his top staffers still have not secured final approval of their financial reports — disclosures that are required by law to ensure Americans that these senior officials aren’t personally benefiting from their White House jobs. Another four staffers received certification by the Office of Government Ethics after McClatchy first requested their forms last month.

The delay is likely due to Trump staffers either refusing to disclose mandated information to OGE, failing to resolve a conflict of interest or violating an ethics law or regulation, according to two ethics experts familiar with the long-standing process.

If it walks like a duck, talks like a duck, personally profits from government actions it helps facilitate like a duck, it's probably a corrupt duck. While a U.S. President (is supposed to) provide a leadership example for the rest of the world, he (or she) also provides an example to Cabinet and staff. And apparently Trump's example is, "We are above the law, and we can do whatever the hell we want." Here are a few of the more questionable violators:

Dina Powell, who served as deputy national security adviser for strategy until Jan. 12, indicated on her new entrant report that she would divest GS Mezzanine Partners VI within 120 days of her Feb. 3 appointment. Some transactions do not need to be recorded because of their type or amount, though hers does not appear to qualify for those exceptions. Unless she gave the holdings away, she would have been required to file a transaction report indicating she divested. Powell was assessed late filing fees on the two transaction reports she did file.

Christopher Liddell, assistant to the president for strategic initiatives tasked with “modernizing” government, listed several entities on his certificate of divestiture that never appeared on any transaction reports. The discrepancy could be explained in part by the fact that Liddell received the certificate — which grants tax benefits for sales mandated by ethics agreements — before he filed his financial report. Liddell did not respond to questions. The White House said he sold them prior to becoming a federal employee or gave his holdings away, both of which do not require a transaction report.

Kushner’s ethics arrangements have attracted scrutiny from his earliest days in the administration. Kushner initially said he would sell his assets to his brother or to a trust controlled by his mother, according to The New York Times, but the White House and Kushner’s attorney did not respond to repeated requests about whether Kushner had finished selling all the assets he was required to divest as part of his ethics agreement. As McClatchy previously reported, he's been assessed late fees twice for his ethics filings and revised his form 39 times, adding millions of dollars worth of previously undisclosed assets, according to the Associated Press.

Just take a moment and imagine the uproar, the outrage, the Republican Congressional demagogues like Trey Fricking Gowdy scheduling hearings and ruthlessly grilling these people, if they had been part of the Obama administration. It would be a circus with no nets. But since they're Trump's people, nothing to see here, folks. Move along.