Elizabeth Warren unveiled her package of anti-corruption reforms last week at an auspicious moment. On the day the Massachusetts senator released the 289-page bill, two former members of President Donald Trump’s inner circle became felons. A Virginia jury convicted Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairman, on eight counts related to his political consulting adventures in Ukraine. Minutes later, former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to eight charges of tax and bank fraud and campaign-finance violations. Trump may have campaigned on draining the metaphorical swamp in Washington, D.C., but he’s governed by bathing in it. Multiple members of his cabinet have either resigned or are under scrutiny for using their positions to enrich themselves and their families. Trump’s first two supporters in the House of Representative are charged with insider trading and misuse of campaign funds, respectively. Lobbyists play key roles in shaping the administration’s policy decisions. And Trump himself continues to profit from his businesses, which have become magnets for shady spending by politically connected groups since he took office. Warren is out to poison the swamp—to make it uninhabitable. Her bill, the Anti-Corruption and Public Integrity Act, is an audacious piece of legislation that touches upon nearly every… Read full this story
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