5 Trump advisers fired over ethics concerns

POLITICO -3d -5Trump advisers fired for conflicts of interest over their financial ties to Trump’s businesses article The latest round of Trump administration shake-ups is likely to have consequences for how the president is able to fulfill his campaign promises.

The White House has fired three of the president’s top advisers over the past few weeks for violating the emoluments clause, a clause that prohibits the president from accepting gifts or payments from foreign governments or other entities, and ethics rules that forbid former officials from lobbying on behalf of foreign governments.

Several of the White House officials are former employees of Trump’s business empire, including Kellyanne Conway, Jared Kushner, and Steve Bannon, according to The Wall Street Journal.

One of the advisers, Jared Kasowitz, was the first to be dismissed after he was revealed to have received a $10,000 payment from an Arab-American businessman while serving as Trump’s campaign manager in the 2016 election.

Kasowitz has denied wrongdoing and says he only received the payment because he was serving as an adviser to the president during the campaign.

Another adviser, Stephen Miller, was fired by the administration after he resigned from the president and his staff, in part, for taking a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s top aide.

In the end, the president has faced no legal repercussions for the actions of the Trump administration’s appointees, including the three advisers.

But Trump has also faced criticism from Republicans and some members of his own party for his handling of the Russia investigation and for his failure to fully divest from his business empire.

A number of the top White House staff members have also been charged in the Russia probe, including Trump’s son-in-law and White House counselor Jared Kushner.

Trump has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.