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.
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