Here we go again… Another sham investigation just like the one conducted by the Republican-run House Intelligence Committee. I’d say it’s pretty much a done deal that David Apol, the head of the Office of Government Ethics, appointed by Trump will exonerate Trump’s own son-in-law. At most, Apol may wind up making Kushner take a time out while all the other kids get cookies and milk.
Trump was happy to appoint his lackey, David Apol, as the new head of the OGE after the former head, Walter Shaub, (who had been appointed by an actual ethical President) resigned in disgust, saying, “the White House has set a tone from the top that ethics doesn’t matter.”
One of the reasons Shaub resigned was that Trump would not divest himself of his business interests or place them in a blind trust, an unprecedented and flagrantly unethical act. And since his appointment as the new head of the OGE, what has Apol done about Trump’s unethical behavior? Absolutely zip. In fact, Apol has further eroded the integrity of the agency.
This sentence from Apol’s announcement of the “investigation” belies how intentionally ineffectual he is being right from the start: “The White House informed me that they had already begun this process. I have asked the White House to inform me of the results of that process.” So it sounds like the OGE actually intends to do nothing – the agency is simply standing on the sidelines while the White House “investigates” itself and then, maybe, condescends to pass the results to the OGE. Wow, that’s some fierce investigatin’.