Sen. Bob Casey asks for review of latest Trump conflicts of interest
WILKES-BARRE — U.S. Sen. Bob Casey said he wants an analysis of the latest examples of President Donald Trump’s “conflicts of interest.”
Casey, D-Scranton, is sending a letter to the director of the Office of Government Ethics Walter M. Shaub, Jr., the federal government’s ethics watchdog for the executive branch, to look into the matter.
Casey said Monday Trump refuses to divest his holdings as presidents of both parties have done in the past, creating conflicts of interest that could see the interests of private, often foreign businesses, put ahead of those of the American people.
In his letter to Shaub, Casey cites several new concerns, from potential pay-to-play arrangements to transactions on foreign soil that seemingly break Trump’s promise of “no new foreign deals.”
“President Trump’s conflicts of interest create the potential for undue influence on the decisions of his administration and raise questions about whether the interests of foreign businesses and governments may be placed ahead of the interests of the American people,” Casey said in an emailed news release. “President Trump’s conflicts of interest are unlike anything the American people have ever seen and must be thoroughly analyzed.”
From the Dominican Republic to Dubai and China, Casey said the activities of the Trump Organization, which Trump personally profits from, raise more questions by the day.
“The American people deserve a president free from financial conflicts of interest, and I will continue to hold President Trump accountable until he fulfills that obligation,” Casey said.
According to an Associated Press story, the White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Casey asked that the Office of Government Ethics determine, in each case he cited in his letter:
• Whether potential or active conflicts of interest are present.
• Whether such conflicts of interest risk undermining the integrity of the administration.
• What steps the administration should take to resolve the concerns.
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