Monday, July 17, 2017 at 8:12 a.m.
All the president’s men and chick. Bannon is at upper right, searching for evidence of a heart.
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A Laguna Beach home mortgage figures into $2 million in misreported debt on White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon’s government disclosure forms.
The Center for Public Integrity, an investigative journalism nonprofit, reports the error it discovered was compounded by top White House ethics officers having certified that Bannon’s incomplete disclosure form was complete and complied with federal rules.
It wasn’t and didn’t.
This was no center hit job on the former Breitbart News chief. The organization that has won two Pulitzer Prizes launched #CitizenSleuth, a volunteer crowd-sourced investigation that involved examining the disclosure forms of more than 400 Trump administration officials. Of those, Bannon’s was the only one that had “HOME LOAN” written on each line where the identities of creditors were supposed to be reported. Creditors are supposed to be disclosed to ensure government officials are paying the market rate on their loans and are not receiving preferential treatment that could be compromising and unethical.
Bannon on June 30 signed a sworn statement claiming the documents were “true, complete and correct to the best of my knowledge.” A law professor tells the Center for Public Integrity—whose full report you can see by clicking here—that more significant to her was that the chief ethics officer at the White House signed off on Bannon’s forms, raising questions about that person’s competence.
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