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Biden Cabinet And Transition Picks Already Facing Serious Ethics Questions

Added 11-29-20 12:38:02pm EST - “Some of Biden's cabinet picks and transition team members "have done work for undisclosed corporate clients and aided a fund that invests in government contractors," reported the NY Times.” - Legalinsurrection.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Legalinsurrection.com: “Biden Cabinet And Transition Picks Already Facing Serious Ethics Questions”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Some of Biden’s cabinet picks and transition team members “have done work for undisclosed corporate clients and aided a fund that invests in government contractors,” reported the NY Times.

Back in late September, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s transition team was hailed by the mainstream media for releasing an ethics plan that, according to Politico, was “designed to make it harder for lobbyists to work on the transition effort.”

The website also reported at the time that “the rules are broadly similar [to] those put in place by President Barack Obama’s transition team 12 years ago.” For example:

They “bar those who’ve worked as registered lobbyists or foreign agents in the past year from working on the transition unless” Jessica Hertz, the transition team’s general counsel, signs off on the arrangement. “They also forbid transition staffers from working on any ‘specific Transition matter’ that they’ve lobbied on in the past year or plan to lobby on in the coming year without Hertz’s approval.”

An overview of the Biden transition team’s ethics plan document states that “the Plan aims to ensure that Transition team members abide by the highest ethical standards, act solely in furtherance of the public interest, and base all policy and personnel decisions on merit, free from individual conflicts of interest.”

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