Politics Ethics

  • WASHINGTON— President-elect Donald Trump's meetings with CEOs seeking federal approval for major mergers are raising red flags for ethics lawyers concerned that about the possible erosion of a firewall between the regulators tasked with approving the billion-dollar deals and the White House. On Thursday, Trump sat down to discuss jobs with the chief...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 13- A day after President-elect Donald Trump encouraged supporters to "Buy L.L. Bean," a U.S. ethics watchdog on Friday warned federal employees they must not endorse products or companies. Activists had called for a boycott following reports that a member of the family that owns L.L. Bean contributed to Trump's campaign. "Thank you to Linda Bean of...

  • BERLIN, Jan 13- Ten employees of United Technologies Corp's Pratt& Whitney unit, including the head of its F135 engine programme, have left the company after an internal audit uncovered an ethics issue linked to a visit by a South Korean delegation, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters. Three sources said the ethics problem occurred during a business...

  • WASHINGTON— House Republicans have shown no inclination to challenge President-elect Donald Trump on ethics matters. Democrats slammed the move, saying GOP lawmakers are trying to intimidate an independent watchdog for having the temerity to challenge Trump's business arrangements. Jason Chaffetz, R- Utah, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, has...

  • WASHINGTON— It's a public relations win for the president-elect: Donald Trump's company says it will donate profits from any foreign governments that use his hotels. Trump says he is making the move to avoid the appearance that foreign governments can curry favor with him by using his hotels— including one that just opened a short walk from the White House.

  • WASHINGTON— It's a public relations win for the president-elect: Donald Trump's company says it will donate profits from any foreign governments that use his hotels. Trump says he is making the move to avoid the appearance that foreign governments can curry favor with him by using his hotels— including one that just opened a short walk from the White House.

  • NEW YORK— Donald Trump says he is leaving his famed business behind. That is the muddled message from the president-elect's news conference Wednesday about plans to separate himself from his business while in office to avoid conflicts of interest. Trump and his lawyer portrayed his moves as extraordinary.

  • WASHINGTON— The director of the federal government's ethics agency Tuesday blasted President-elect Donald Trump's plan to maintain his business empire by turning it over to his sons instead of selling off all his corporate assets and placing remaining profits in a government-approved blind trust. Emails between the OGE and the Trump transition team...

  • WASHINGTON— President-elect Donald Trump's choice to become Treasury secretary, Steven Mnuchin, will sell 43 assets to avoid conflicts of interest in office, according to new filings made public Wednesday by the U.S. Office of Government Ethics. Mnuchin, an investment banker and financier with a disclosed net worth of at least $166 million, holds investments...

  • Trump's business plan

    CNBC's Robert Frank reports the latest on Trump's plans to break some ties with his businesses.

  • NEW YORK— President-elect Donald Trump said Wednesday he will continue to profit from his global business empire after he enters the White House this month— a precedent-breaking decision that the director of the Office of Government Ethics swiftly condemned as unpatriotic. At a news conference announcing a much-anticipated plan for dealing with his...

  • ETHICS ADVISER TO APPROVE ANY NEW DEALS TO AVOID ETHICS OR CONFLICT OF INTEREST CONCERNS- LAWYER.

  • WASHINGTON— President-elect Donald Trump's nominee to be the nation's top health official is facing calls for investigation of whether his stock picks were guided by insider knowledge gleaned as a senior member of Congress. Tom Price, R- Ga., was chosen by Trump in part because of his plan to repeal "Obamacare," and his confirmation hearings are expected to be a...

  • NEW YORK— Donald Trump says his business is "great," and you'll have to trust him on that. One of the few things an outsider can know for sure is that it's a complex and opaque hodgepodge of an empire scattered around the globe. Trump has interests in 500 companies in about 20 countries.

  • WASHINGTON— President-elect Donald Trump and his pick for secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, have much in common. Conflict laws passed in the wake of the Nixon-era Watergate scandal govern senior White House officials but not the president and vice-president. Those two standards will be put on full display Wednesday, as Trump announces his plans at a news...

  • WASHINGTON— As a businessman, Donald Trump has kept the courts busy. Just last week, the president-elect sat for a deposition in a lawsuit involving his Washington hotel, and he is still tied up in legal disputes that are to proceed after Inauguration Day. Trump is also under investigation by the New York attorney general over whether he used his charity for...

  • WASHINGTON— The Latest on activities in Congress:. A Senate panel is postponing a confirmation hearing on President-elect Donald Trump's choice to head the Commerce Department to give the nominee more time to finalize an ethics agreement. John Kelly says he has not been involved in helping President-elect Donald Trump and his team develop its immigration...

  • Donald Trump speaks during the grand opening of the Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC on October 26, 2016.

    He continues to own or control some 500 companies that make up the Trump Organization, creating a tangle of potential conflicts of interest.

  • WASHINGTON— President-elect Donald Trump pledged to step away from his family-owned international real estate development, property management and licensing business before taking office Jan. 20. Still, he continues to own or control some 500 companies that make up the Trump Organization, creating a tangle of potential conflicts of interest without...

  • WASHINGTON— President-elect Donald Trump pledged to step away from his family-owned international real estate development, property management and licensing business before taking office Jan. 20. Still, he continues to own or control some 500 companies that make up the Trump Organization, creating a tangle of potential conflicts of interest without...