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‘Know Who Else Donated to Clinton?’ Fmr Gov’t Ethics Director Throws Trump’s ‘Angry Democrats’ Complaint In His Face

President Donald Trump has a history of blasting Special Counsel Robert Mueller‘s team of prosecutors, labeling them as “Angry Democrats.” While Mueller himself is a Republican, Trump has pointed to political contributions that many of the other prosecutors have made to Democrats in the past. The latest such attack came in a Friday morning tweet storm, when he referred to donations made to Hillary Clinton‘s campaign.

Of course, a past political contribution to a particular candidate on its own doesn’t mean anything, as Walter Shaub, former director of the Office of Government Ethics, pointed out. Shaub pulled campaign contribution records to prove it. While members of Mueller’s team may have donated to Hillary Clinton in the past, so did some other notable people—like Trump himself.

Shaub also posted records showing that the president’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, also gave to Clinton, and her husband Jared Kushner donated to Democrat Cory Booker in 2013.

“Do these donations create conflicts of interest for them, Mr. Trump?” Shaub asked. “Or does that only happen when you don’t like someone?”

Trump may dismiss these past donations from his family members and himself as being motivated by business interests instead of political ideology, but that’s part of the point Shaub is making. People make contributions for a variety of reasons, and the fact that they made them is not proof that they are somehow compromised in their current role.

In fact, Shaub pointed out that donations are “legal activity that Congress encourages.”

He cited 5 U.S. Code § 7321, which says:

It is the policy of the Congress that employees should be encouraged to exercise fully, freely, and without fear of penalty or reprisal, and to the extent not expressly prohibited by law, their right to participate or to refrain from participating in the political processes of the Nation.

“A modest donation tells you nothing about the service a Fed provides,” Shaub said. [Image via MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images]



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