Yet another Trump official accused of defrauding taxpayers with dirty travel expenses


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Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2017/10/12/interior-secretary-ryan-zinke.html


#2

Who suspected that water was a limiting force, and that in draining the swamp, the creatures therein would thrive as never before. We must immediately fill the swamp in order to return to the bad old days. The bad new days are just not working out.


#3

Penalties. Removal is the only penalty authorized for violation of the Hatch Act, under 5 U.S.C.S. § 1505. The Merit System Protection Board (MSPB) has plenary jurisdiction under § 1505 to determine after a hearing whether the violation warrants the removal of the officer or employee from his office or employment.


#4

Insert insane laughter here.


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#6

It’s almost as if all this swamp draining was just an empty promise.


#7

This is all turning into Trumpany Hall.


#8

I don’t think the Hatch Act applies to political appointees.


#9

Tee hee hee hee…!


#10

I think it applies to cabinet members - Secretary Sebelius was found to have violated it for some extemporaneous public remarks.

update : can’t use public money

“In addition, this case presente
d the issue of whether the U.S. Treasury paid for the costs of
her political activity, which would ha
ve been a violation of 5 U.S.C. § 7324(b). While the Hatch
Act prohibits most employees from engaging in po
litical activity while
on duty, the Act does not
prohibit certain employees appointed
by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the
Senate, such as Secretary Sebelius, from doing s
o. 5 U.S.C. § 7324(b). However, they must do
so in their personal capacities and the costs associ
ated with their political activity must not be
paid with money derived from the United States
Treasury. 5 U.S.C. §
7324(b). As discussed
below, HHS sought and received reimbursement fr
om the appropriate political entities for the
travel-related costs of the Secretary’s app
earance at the Human Rights Campaign Gala”


#11

Ah, but was she a Trump cabinet member? New rules apply: corruption is good.


#12

How could it possibly be a bogus promise, coming from the author of “The Art of the (Bankruptcy) Deal”?


#13

But surely the RNC will will reimburse us for the misuse of our tax dollars and it’ll be all good, right? The RNC is nothing if not honorable.


#14

So? Bounce his ass down the stairs like the others and lets move on to the next NMPdjt nut sack licker.


#15

It’s almost as if “draining the swamp” were words without any real meaning for Donnie. Oh wait, they were. Trump has constantly, implicitly redefined “draining the swamp” to mean whatever he wants it to mean at the time, usually “fighting people who disagree with me.” Weirdly, his followers just go along with it, unfazed.


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