The term "contested" has now been so often thrown across the various weaknesses in the Trump Cabinet Secretaries' coverage, it has virtually merged with the front page of some of their titles. The president himself, perhaps for reasons of diversity, referred to Jeff Sessions in a tweet last year as his "besieged" justice minister.
Some of the alleged (and confirmed) violations were more harmful than others. The White House's handling of the Rob Porter scandal could have been her darkest episode, an ethical failure steeped in bureaucratic incompetence. However, most of the government's scandals and embarrassments are less marked by clandestine maladministration than by open contempt (or ignorance) of basic ethical standards (or lack of care).
Here is a summary, however incomplete it may be, of some of the most glaring collapses
Jackson's Other Résumé
When his nomination was announced, critics commented on what the White House doctor Ronny Jackson missed ̵
Scott Pruitt's rent is too damned … low?
Of all his colleagues, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt may have the longest list of ethical issues. Here are three (maybe five or six):
But that was just the beginning of it. Porter threw himself as the victim of a "coordinated hate campaign," and John Kelly, the White House chief of staff, issued a now infamous statement in which he described Porter as a "man of true integrity and honor."
It began a protracted quarrel within the White House to answer what he knew about Porter's accusations and, more importantly, when he heard about it. Despite their initial protests that the allegations were new to them, it quickly became clear that some officials, including FBI investigators, had concerns about Porter's past before or after a period of time.
Professor Mulvaney's Lobbying Lesson
Mick Mulvaney, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, has two roles as interim head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau or CFPB, a regulator, which he tolerates to disarm openly.
"We had a hierarchy in my office in Congress," he said of his time as a representative from South Carolina. "If you were a lobbyist who never gave us money, I did not talk to you, and if you were a lobbyist who gave us money, I could talk to you."
The good news for the poor was that "When you came home from home and sat in my lobby, I invariably talked to you, regardless of the financial contributions," but for everyone else it was – and probably remains for so many of his former colleagues – paid or lost.
While this barely registered as news for many, Mulvaney's willingness to share it live and say on the record – well, it said that you're more likely to get an audience if you give him money, what's a problem.
Ben Carson's Nightmare
And now the story of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson's Diner, as told in three headlines and two memorable statements, depicts:
-  27th February:
- HUD spokesman Raffi Williams:
- 1. March:
- 14. March:
HUD spent $ 31,000 on a new dining room for Carson's office in 2017
"Mrs. Carson and the secretary had no idea the table was being bought."
Ben Carson Says He Wants to Kill $ 31,000 for Dining Room Furniture
"I was just as surprised to find out someone had ordered a $ 31,000 dining set, so I asked We will find another solution for furniture replacement. "
Emails show Ben, Candy Carson selected $ 31,000
Tom Price's heights
Tom Price left last September by Armagedd for former Health and Human Services Secretary, after reports of his wasteful spending – more than $ 1 million for a few dozen trips, including a flight from Washington to Philadelphia – began to annoy Trump.
"I was disappointed because I did not like it cosmetically or otherwise," said the President. "I was disappointed."
And the rest of the traveling secretaries
"Our investigation was delayed by missing or incomplete documentation for several relevant trips and a review process that did not include proper documentation and accountability," Inspector General Mary Kendall wrote in a 2017 memo.
Shulkin accused the White House of using the ethical issues as a pretext for its replacement with a VA chief more amenable to outsourcing veteran care to the private sector
CDC chief goes in Smoke on
The kicker? Per Politico, Fitzgerald "visited the CDC's Tobacco Laboratory, which investigates how the chemicals in tobacco harm human health," a day after buying shares in the company "Japan Tobacco".