Thursday, June 24, 2021

Family Of Top Biden Officials Find Jobs Across Administration Despite 'No Nepotism' Pledge; Biden Admin Nepotism ‘royally sucks’ and May Be Illegal, Says Ex-US Ethics Chief, and related stories

Family Of Top Biden Officials Find Jobs Across Administration Despite 'No Nepotism' Pledge:
During his tenure in office, President Trump faced incessant criticism from the media for hiring family members - including his daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner - and placing friends in positions of authority within his administration.
But just as President Joe Biden has ripped off many aspects of Trump's "America First" foreign policy and rhetoric, top officials in his administration have shown little compunction about hiring family members, despite Biden's promise that nepotism wouldn't be a feature of his administration.
According to a Washington Post report from Friday, during the first few months of Biden’s presidency, at least five children of his top aides have secured coveted jobs in the new administration. They include two sons and a daughter of a White House counselor, the daughter of a deputy White House chief of staff, and the daughter of Biden's director of presidential personnel. The pattern continued this week when the Treasury Department announced that it had hired JJ Ricchetti, son of Biden counselor Steve Ricchetti.
A handful of ethics experts told WaPo that it was "disappointing" to see the Biden Administration embrace cronyism, just like most of his predecessors.
"While it may not be as bad as appointing your son or daughter to a top government post as Trump did with Jared and Ivanka, it is still bad," said Walter Shaub, who served as director of the Office of Government Ethics from 2013-2017. "'Not as bad as Trump' cannot be the new standard." --->READ MORE HERE
Biden admin nepotism ‘royally sucks’ and may be illegal, says ex-US ethics chief:
The US government’s former ethics chief is slamming the Biden administration for a potentially “illegal” nepotism spree, saying that it “royally sucks” and is “a real ‘f— you'” to ethical governance.
Walter Shaub, director of the US Office of Government Ethics from 2013 to 2017, gained fame for frequently faulting the Trump administration, but turned his fire on President Biden on Friday.
“I’m sorry, I know some folks don’t like hearing any criticism of him. But this royally sucks. I’m disgusted. A lot of us worked hard to tee him up to restore ethics to government and believed the promises. This is a real ‘f— you’ to us—and government ethics,” Shaub tweeted.
Shaub was responding to reports that many children, spouses and siblings of top Biden aides got official jobs — despite harsh criticism of President Donald Trump for naming his daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, as unpaid White House advisers.
“Pathetic!” Shaub wrote. “The responses from people who spent 4 years complaining the other side was putting party over country are pathetic. They sound just like MAGAs. The jobs went to privileged kiddos with mommies & daddies who cozied up to POTUS. Nepotism is illegal.” --->READ MORE HERE
Follow links below to related stories:

A family affair: Children and other relatives of Biden aides get administration jobs

Former Obama Ethics Chief Says Biden Admin Family Hires Are ‘F*** You’ to Watchdogs

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