Yes, the media has corrected the story about DOJ's decision not to prosecute Ross. Yes, they're now saying Barr decided not to do that. But two things can be true.
1. Barr decided
2. Barr's decision was not binding, and Garland is choosing to accept it
In fact, 3 things are true. The first two, and this:
3. The Commerce IG has inexplicably failed to release her report of investigation. It was odd that she took so long to finish the investigation (once Trump was gone and not before). It is odder still that she won't release it.
And really 4 things!
4. DOJ was complicit in covering up Ross' lie. So it's not hard to believe Garland The Institutionalist is reluctant to dig into that.

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21 Jul
I do have some good news about government ethics tonight. The first is this amazing document the White House just issued, commanding that White House appointees abide by a set of restrictions on communications with federal agencies. This is a great thing.
whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/…
This puts guardrails in place to prevent some of the worst abuses of the last administration. It is a very important tone-setting document, which is crucial in government ethics. As I've often said, tone from the top is everything.
whitehouse.gov/wp-content/upl…
It serves another purpose too. It's stated goals are to ensure "the integrity of government decision making" and "public confidence that decisions by government officials are made based on appropriate considerations"
whitehouse.gov/wp-content/upl… Image
Read 6 tweets
21 Jul
THREAD: Come on a journey with me. Don't stop until the end. Then, if you still want to do so, you can post your inane Billy Beer retorts and your "but Ivanka" whataboutisms. People keep asking me to repeat the explanations, so I'll do it one last time.
🎶Let's say we're "Just a city boy, born in south Detroit," but humble beginnings aren't gonna hold us back. Let's go to Faroffistan, a mythical land with no ethics program. Sure, we could take 🎶"the midnight train goin' anywhere." But we'll go there and build an ethics program.
We wanna finish our work fast 'cuz the Faroffistan presidential palace has 🎶"the smell of wine and cheap perfume." So let's just do the part about the proper us of governmental authority 'n public confidence in govt. Otherwise the ethics code will go 🎶"on and on and on and on."
Read 19 tweets
21 Jul
Rules of Twitter:
1. If you point out any ethical concern in 2021 you are saying it is EXACTLY the same as Trump, which is wrong.
2. Yes, you are
3. Yes, you are
4. And that's bothsiderism because we can only EVER complain about the other side
5. There are LOTS of coincidences
And we definitely believe in ethics, but nepotism or nepotism-adjacentism is fine, in fact we should have only one family in all of government. We could it a mono-archy or something because that's the best kind of republic. But also it's bad if the other side does nepotism.
And if my guy didn't open an hotel in Washington or appoint his kid in the White House then that means ethics has been solved for all time and we shouldn't talk about it and, if you do, it's definitely bothsiderism because you definitely are saying they are equal.
Read 4 tweets
21 Jul
Oh I’m sure all these things that keep happening are all a great big magical series of pure coincidences and nobody is doing anything goofy in this town ever. Except on the other side of which ever side of a line WE’RE on. Because that is exactly how coincidences work.
Look, it's obviously a total coincidence that Elena Kagan hired the kid of a the senior appellate court judge who was unfairly denied a seat on the Supreme Court.
And, look, it's a coincidence that the Biden administration hired a second Ricchetti.

And it's a coincidence that the Biden administration hired a third Ricchetti.

And it's a coincidence that the Biden administration hired a fourth Ricchetti.
Read 29 tweets
20 Jul
Here are 3 worthy nonprofits, if you’re planning your giving this year. One is the pro-democracy nonprofit where I work, @POGOwatchdog, a great group! Another fights hunger, @nokidhungry. And another is a wonderful advocate for immigrant families at the border, @RAICESTEXAS.
Read 4 tweets
19 Jul
A tale of very unequal justice:

Merrick Garland just declined to prosecute Wilbur Ross for lying to Congress on a critically important issue.

But he’s continuing DOJ’s pursuit of $50,000 in fines against Omarosa Manigault Newman for filing a financial disclosure super late.
Here are 2 cases in which DOJ settled on a fine of $1,000 & $4,000 for 2
political appointees who failed to file financial disclosure reports. I’m all for holding folks accountable for not filing disclosures, but I’m not ok with disparate treatment. oge.gov/Web/OGE.nsf/0/…
I’ve been harping on this OMN story for well over a year. Maybe now that it’s not just Trump, people will believe me that there’s a disparity here. Sure, Trump was a crook who sought revenge. But these are career prosecutors chasing this case. There are 2 justice systems in USA.
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