Saturday, March 11, 2017

When it comes to political appointments, the Trump team throws extreme vetting out the window

Quoted in Trump team knew Michael Flynn might register as a foreign agent for Turkey work.  (USA Today, 3/10/2017)
But documents Flynn filed this week with the Justice Department raised fresh questions about his ties to the Turkish government, even as he was serving as top adviser to Trump's presidential campaign. His now-shuttered firm, Flynn Intel Group, earned $530,000 last year for work on behalf of Inovo BV, a Dutch firm, whose Turkish founder has ties to Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. As part of its contract, the firm undertook research into an Erdogan political opponent, Fetulleh Gulen, an Islamic cleric who lives in exile in rural Pennsylvania.

Related posts:
Even basic vetting would have unearthed Robert Harward's decision not to serve.  (217/2017)
"Extreme vetting" obviously wasn't in place when Paul Manafort was hired as Trump's campaign chairman.  (8/15/2016)

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