The Trump regime (let's get rid of the term "administration" right now, this is an authoritarian regime, plain and simple) is now openly threatening the Office of Government Ethics. Because who's going to stop them?
Reince Priebus, chief of staff to President-elect Donald Trump, issued a stern warning to the director of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics on Sunday.
Walter Shaub Jr., who heads the ethics office, has been sounding the alarm about Trump’s decision to turn the management of his business over to his sons instead of setting up a blind trust.
“I don’t think divestiture is too high a price to pay to be president of the United States of America,” Shaub said in a speech last week.
On Sunday, Priebus suggested that Shaub should “be careful” about criticizing Trump.
“The head of the government ethics ought to be careful because that person is becoming extremely political,” Priebus said, adding that Shaub “may have publicly supported Hillary Clinton.”
“And [Shaub] is calling out the president (sic) with information on Twitter about our detangling of the business over a month ago,” he continued. “So I’m not so sure what kind of standing he has anymore in giving these opinions.”
How long before the Trump regime tries to get rid of Shaub for being "partisan"? How long before Republicans in Congress legislate themselves the power to remove Shaub or dissolve the office completely? Trump will sign something like that, for sure. How long do you think Senate Democrats will be able to hold out?
Fascism comes in a thousand small steps towards consolidating power.