Recent headlines announced Ivanka Trump would obtain a coveted office in the West Wing of the White House. Breitbart reported on March 20 that, according to Ivanka’s “ethics advisor,” she “will not have an official title, but will get a West Wing office, government-issued communications devices and security clearance to access classified information.” That is curious enough on its own.
But the stunning part is the name of the ethics advisor. The same person also advises Ivanka’s husband, Jared Kushner, who does have a formal position as a senior White House advisor.
This new advisor’s name is Jamie Gorelick.
Gorelick is a hardcore Clinton fan. When FBI Director James Comey reopened the case of Hillary’s email servers last fall, it was Gorelick who led the effort to discredit him. In the 1990s, she served as Deputy Attorney General under Bill Clinton — that’s the number two spot at the Department of Justice.
It was Gorelick who put up the infamous “wall” between law enforcement and the intelligence community that prevented information-sharing between the two sectors and may have cleared the way for the terrorists’ 9/11 planning to escape detection. According to veteran journalist Jack Cashill, an FBI agent said at the time: “Someday someone will die — and wall or not — the public will not understand why we were not more effective.”
Following that horrific day, Gorelick insinuated her way on to the 9-11 Commission, where she deftly channeled blame for the deadly attacks away from herself and Bill Clinton. As the Washington Times reported at the time:
The disclosure that Jamie Gorelick, a member of the September 11 commission, was personally responsible for instituting a key obstacle to cooperation between law enforcement and intelligence operations before the terrorist attacks raises disturbing questions about the integrity of the commission itself. Ms. Gorelick should not be cross-examining witnesses; instead, she should be required to testify about her own behavior under oath. Specifically, commission members need to ask her about a 1995 directive she wrote that made it more difficult for the FBI to locate two of the September 11 hijackers who had already entered the country by the summer of 2001.
Attorney General John Ashcroft told the commission “The single greatest structural cause for Sept. 11 was the wall… Full disclosure compels me to inform you that its author is a member of the commission.”
But Gorelick did not apologize for her role. Rather, she diverted blame to President Bush. The Times noted she was “among the most partisan and aggressive Democratic panel members in questioning the anti-terror efforts of the Bush administration.”
Ethics my eye!
News outlets seem to be hoping we’d forget who Gorelick is. The New York Times described her as “a longtime ethics lawyer in Washington.” Breitbart simply dubbed her “an attorney and ethics advisor.”
This is incredible.
She was the second-in-command at Clinton’s legendarily ethics-challenged Justice Department but no one seems to care.
At least Huffington Post was honest:
In 2015, Gorelick represented the Clinton Foundation, on whose board of directors Hillary Clinton served from 2013 to 2015, in its successful defense against a lawsuit brought by conservative activist Larry Klayman.
Gorelick served as vice chair of Fannie Mae, the giant mortgage lender, from 1998 to 2003, and received some $25.6 million in compensation, including bonuses. In 2006, DC-based Fannie Mae was fined $400 million for accounting manipulation tied to executives’ bonuses that occurred from 1998 to 2004.
All of this is important because President Trump promised to put Hillary Clinton in jail and uphold ethics in government.
Now one of her chief advocates, and one of the most unethical people in Washington, D.C., has the ear of Trump’s daughter and her husband, a top Trump advisor. To the extent Kushner and his wife have any sway over her father, you will see Gorelick’s poisonous “ethics” undermining everything he does.
To the extent that they trust her with White House confidences, you can be sure Hillary and the entire Democrat leadership will be able to track, strategize against, and sabotage Trump policies.
Why are so many of Trump’s top advisors turning out to be problematic?
Instead of draining the swamp, in cases like Gorelick’s, Trump is making those who dwell there more comfortable.