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Aug 9, 2018 13 tweets 5 min read Twitter logo Read on Twitter
There's been so much corruption, waste, and incompetence in the Trump Administration lately that it's hard to keep track of it all.

Rather than do anything about it, the Republicans who control Congress cover it up or even indulge in corruption themselves.

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A Secretary of Commerce accuse of "grifting" millions of dollars from business partners.
A Secretary of Education who is avoiding taxes by registering her families $40 million yacht in the Cayman Islands, all while making it harder for American students to pay for a college education.
A Budget Director who bragged about selling access to bankers and lobbyists.
A Treasury Secretary who may have wasted more taxpayer dollars on gratuitous, non-commercial flights than Scott Pruitt and Tom Price put together.
A Secretary of the Interior who has faced investigations in the double digits, most recently for working with the CEO of an oil giant on a shady real estate project that stands to benefit his family.
A Secretary of Housing and Urban Development who tried to waste thousands on furniture while seeking to raise rents on poor Americans.
Now we are just learning that Trump gave control of major decisions at the VA to cronies who pay him for membership at Mar-A-Lago, despite their total lack of experience or qualifications.

This kind of incompetence and corruption can really hurt people.
It hurts people when government is run by people who have no idea what they are doing.

Mismanagement can cause irreversible damage, as the ongoing family separation crisis brought about by the incompetence of Kirstjen Nielsen and others keeps showing.
Sometimes this kind of incompetence leads to the deaths of Americans. It isn't a joke or a game, government belongs in the hands of qualified people, not cronies or people who pay for access.
But the Republican leaders who control Congress - the officials who have power and constitutional authority to hold the Trump Administration accountable - are asleep at the wheel, or worse, they are actively helping cover it up.
Some of these Republican leaders in Congress are even, we are just beginning to learn, participating in graft and corruption themselves.…
I am standing with Democrats to offer #ABetterDeal: cleaning up corruption, passing tougher ethics laws, and returning Congress to its focus on accountability. We are committed to making Washington work #ForThePeople.

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First a few notes on the problem, and what we've learned in recent months.

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For weeks Senate Republicans refused to release thousands of documents written by Brett Kavanaugh to the public.

In one secret document, Kavanaugh said he thinks Roe v. Wade could be overturned, despite having said it was "settled law" yesterday.

This is what they're hiding. 1/
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They cite the Presidential Records Act as justification for their unprecedented secrecy, though they have ignored numerous violations of that Act by the President. 3/…
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That investigation, into why the Administration scuttled plans for a new FBI headquarters, also revealed what looks like a cover-up by the White House. 1/
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As the walls close in around Trump and his culture of corruption is exposed, more people will try to distract you with lies.

They’ll shout desperately “look over there!” and argue that you should accept criminality because he’s “shaking things up.”

It’s utter nonsense. 1/
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Trump never withdrew this finding, which still stands, binding the EPA to act. 2/
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