Almost 100 internal Trump transitional leak documents leaked to "Axios on HBO" identify a plethora of "red flags" about officials who later became some of the most powerful jobs in the US government.
The massive treasure trove and history behind it shed light on the way President Trump filled his cabinet and administration, pointing to future scandals that plagued his government.
- Scott Pruitt, who eventually lost his job as an EPA Administrator on charges of serial ethical abuse and clubbusiness with lobbyists, had a section in his exam form titled "Claims of Coziness with Large Energy Enterprises."
- Tom Price, who eventually resigned as Minister of Health after Trump lost faith in him in part due to reports of the use of charter flights, had sections in his dossier that cited "criticisms of management capability" and "malfunctioning and splitting" The leadership of the Budget Committee of Haunted Price. "
- Mick Mulvaney, who was appointed Budget Director of Trump and is now his acting Chief of Staff, has a remarkable array of" red flags, "including his assessment that Trump is" not a very good person. "
- The Trump Transitional Team was so concerned about Rudy Giuliani, who was in charge of the Secretary of State, to draw up a separate 25-page document entitled "Rudy Giuliani Research Dossier on Business Relations" detailing his "foreign complications"
- ] A red flag for General David Petraeus, who was considered for Secretary of State and National Security Advisor: "Petraeus is against torture."
In the chaotic weeks after Trump's surprise victory, Trump dismissed Chris Christie as head of his transition which took over ̵
We received the political review forms that Trump and his senior staff members received for Ben Carson, Dan Coats, Betsy DeVos, Gary Cohn, Don McGahn, Elaine Chao, John Kelly, James Mattis, John Bolton, Mick Mulvaney, and Nikki Haley Rex Tillerson, Rick Perry, Robert Lighthizer, Ryan Prong, Scott Pruitt and many others.
The elected President Trump reviewed many of these documents in Trump Tower and Bedminster prior to his interviews. According to one source, he saw him studying her.
Traditionally, every aspiring top official faces three types of checks: an FBI background check, a check for financial conflicts of interest by the Office of Government Ethics, and a deep leap through the president's elected political team; the veteran is Washington lawyers treat often.
We have received many of the policy exam forms. According to RNC review team sources, high-ranking Trump officials have asked them to make an initial "cleanup" of the public file before Trump met the candidates. In many cases – for example, because of the erroneous election of Andrew Puzder as Labor Secretary – this RNC scrub of public sources was Trump's only major review when he announced his selection.
The documents show what Trump's vetting shop was worried about when he evaluated candidates for the most important jobs in the government.
The RNC researchers identified some eye-catching "red flags".
The first red flag for Rex Tillerson, who became Trump's first undersecretary, affected Russia. "Tillerson's Russia relations are deep," it said.
A red flag for Laura Ingraham, host of Fox News, considered for the White House spokeswoman: "Ingraham said people should wear diapers instead of sharing bathrooms with transgender people."
A headline document for Kris Kobach, who ran for the Minister of Homeland Security, listed the "white supremacy" as a vulnerability. Allegations were alleged by former political opponents that he had links to white supremacist groups.
Vetters had unique reservations about Gary Cohn. "Some say Cohn has an abrasion-resistant, tight and intimidating style," they wrote, citing a Bloomberg piece. "He sometimes wiggled up a leg and put his foot on a trader's desk, his thigh close to the employee's face, and asked how the markets developed."
Some of the contenders were strikingly swampy – even by the standards of the RNC cousin.
Seema Verma, who appointed Trump the administrator of the Medicare and Medicaid Centers, had this paragraph at the top of her exam form: "Verma also advised Indiana ($ 3.5 million in contracts) on issues that included It has impacted what it would be like to spend Medicaid while being paid by a client who has received Medicaid funds, and ethics experts have described the agreement as a conflict of interest that could endanger taxpayers in Indiana. "
Sonny Perdue, Trump's election to the Minister of Agriculture, had a review form with the sections "Business Conflicts of Interest" and "Family Interest Conflicts." It stated that "Perdue is the owner of Houston Fertilizer and Grain, a company that has received orders from the Department of Agriculture."
The documents point to Trump's willingness to meet – and sometimes stop – people who had sharply criticized him. The review team has often put these slurs on top of the documents. A source with direct knowledge told me that many of these documents were handed over to Trump; He knew about the insults and chose the offenders anyway.
Nikki Haley, who became Trump's ambassador for the United States of America, had received a message that Trump is all "what we teach our children not to do in kindergarten".
Ryan Zinke, who became Interior Minister, described Trump as "not defensible."
Rick Perry, Secretary of Energy, had major concerns over the review: "Perry described Trumpism as a 'toxic mixture of demagoguery, meanness, and nonsense that will bring the Republican Party to failure," the group said Cousin. The RNC checked a few left field applicants. No one we spoke to, including high-ranking members of the transition, could remember what job Hollywood talent agent Ari Emanuel was testing for. (A proposed question to Emanuel in his interview: "In times when the Trump administration is being criticized by the Democrats, including your brother Rahm or President Obama, will you have personal problems?")
Two sources The RNC told me that they often did not know what jobs they were researching people for.
We publish a selection of these exam papers. You can read the forms we received for those who have been hired by the Trump Administration, and for a small group that has not been hired but whose exam dossiers are notable.
We reviewed personal details that were out of date, information from fake sources and material that the review team described as rumors about competitors' personal lives, and contact and identification information. All unedited information comes from public sources.
We have asked the White House, the Republican National Committee and each person whose exam form we are publishing to comment. You can see the answers here, and we'll publish the full explanation of the RNC in a separate article that details his work behind the scenes.
White House Response: "President Trump has put together an incredible team across the federal government that has achieved undeniable successes, such as tax cuts, record employment, a booming economy … 93% of negative reporting, military rebuilding, and destruction of the IS, "said deputy spokesman Hogan Gidley.
"President Trump has done more in two years to improve the lives of the American people – than previous presidents did in eight years – and not an angry establishment, the cowardly leaks of the DC swamp creature can change that."