Trump Al­lows Ban­non To Keep Links To Bre­it­bart

Forced dis­clo­sure of ad­min­is­tra­tion’s ethics waivers show pres­i­dent’s top aide can still stay in close con­tact with ‘alt-right’ news out­let he once ran.

Forward Magazine - - News - By Dave Goldiner

A dis­clo­sure of ethics waivers pro­vided to Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cials sug­gests that top ad­viser Steve Ban­non may still be play­ing a key role in the right-wing me­dia world — de­spite work­ing in the White House.

The dis­clo­sure, first re­ported by The New York Times, lists 16 White House staffers who were ex­empted from ethics rules bar­ring them from main­tain­ing con­tact with col­leagues at pre­vi­ous pri­vate sec­tor jobs they held. These in­clude for­mer lob­by­ists who are now al­lowed to keep in touch with co-work­ers and clients while they work for the U. S. gov­ern­ment, but it also in­cludes a more gen­eral ex­emp­tion that al­lows White House of­fi­cials to main­tain ties with news or­ga­ni­za­tions “on mat­ters of broad pol­icy.”

This clause, though not di­rected at any spe­cific White House em­ployee, is seen as tai­lored to the needs of Ban­non, the for­mer ex­ec­u­tive at Bre­it­bart, a con­ser­va­tive news out­let that had prided it­self on be­ing the plat­form for “alt-right” writ­ers and had been ac­cused of pub­lish­ing big­oted and misog­y­nis­tic con­tent. A lib­eral watch­dog or­ga­ni­za­tion filed a com­plaint to the White House coun­sel, claim­ing that Ban­non broke ethics rules by meet­ing and hold­ing dis­cus­sions with Bre­it­bart

One clause in Trump’s waiver seems tai­lored to Ban­non.

ed­i­tors af­ter tak­ing on his po­si­tion as top strate­gist to Pres­i­dent Trump.

The ex­emp­tion pro­vided by the White House will al­low Ban­non to con­tinue these ties with his for­mer col­leagues and em­ploy­ees. Ac­cord­ing to the com­plaint, these com­mu­ni­ca­tions fo­cused on Bre­it­bart’s cov­er­age of the pres­i­dent

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