Top Trump Official Admits He Sold Access to Lobbyists as a Lawmaker

Top Trump Official Admits He Sold Access to Lobbyists as a Lawmaker

He just came right out and said it - on Tuesday, in front of 1,300 bankers and lobbyists at the American Bankers Association conference, Mick Mulvaney let them know that if they want lawmakers to vote in their favor, they better make some campaign donations, The New York Times reports. "If you're a lobbyist who gave us money, I might talk to you".

Mulvaney received almost $63,000 from payday lenders for his congressional campaigns. "If you're a lobbyist who gave us money, I might talk to you".

Norm Eisen, a former top ethics official under President Barack Obama, said the FBI should investigate whether Mulvaney's actions in Congress were directly influenced by campaign contributions.

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Mulvaney, a former GOP congressman from SC, said Tuesday that he would only meet with lobbyists who had donated to his political campaigns but valued the opinions of his constituents over hired guns.

"We had a hierarchy in my office in Congress", said the former Republican lawmaker from SC. Tuesday, he met with lobbyists and executives from the banking industry, promising further steps to gut regulations to prevent them from cheating customers. "Banks and payday lenders already have armies of lobbyists on their sides a they don't need one more". United States, in which it unanimously overturned a former Virginia governor's public-corruption conviction, reigning in what Chief Justice John Roberts called the government's "boundless interpretation" of federal bribery laws.

Officials say the change reflects the bureau's legal name, but critics say it underscores the abrupt ideological turn the bureau has taken since Trump-appointee Mick Mulvaney took over. The Trump administration is not even bothering to put up a facade.

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