New financial forms for Trump Cabinet nominees released – The Hill
A new batch of personal financial disclosure reports from President-elect Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTillerson won’t rule out Muslim registry Let America compete for the new FBI headquarters Obama’s farewell speech has him ending on a high note MORE’s Cabinet nominees have been filed and released to the public.
The documents posted to the website of the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) are from Steven Mnuchin, the nominee for Treasury secretary; Ben Carson, the nominee for Housing secretary; former Texas governor Rick Perry (R), the nominee for Energy secretary; and for Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.), the nominee for Interior secretary. All of the forms are dated Jan. 10.
The ethics forms for other Trump Cabinet nominees — Scott Pruitt, the nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency; Defense secetary nominee James Mattis; John Kelly, the nominee to lead the Department of Homeland Security; Rex Tillerson, the nominee for the head of the State Department; and Elaine Chao, the nominee for Transportation secretary — have been released in the last two weeks.
Cabinet nominees are required to file the forms under ethics rules imposed after the Watergate scandal. Democrats earlier this week complained that Republicans were moving ahead with confirmation hearings for nominees whose paperwork had not been filed.
Mnuchin founded Dune Capital Management, an investment firm, and RatPac-Dune Entertainment, an entertainment financing company. In addition, he spent 17 years at investment bank Goldman Sachs. He signed an ethics agreement promising to divest from his interests in several companies and other investments.
Carson, a renowned neurosurgeon, has never held a government post. He was among Trump’s rivals during the GOP presidential primary, and is now being called upon to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Forms show that Carson has signed an ethics agreement promising not to get involved in any matters that may involve the publishing houses for his books, from which he receives royalties, without obtaining government permission.
Perry, who ran for president in both 2012 and 2016, signed an ethics agreement that lists his resignation from several entities, including a company his son founded, Grey Rock Energy Partners.
Zinke is the Republican representative for Montana, elected to Congress in 2014. He previously served as a member of the Montana State Senate, and is a retired Navy SEAL. He signed an ethics agreement listing resignations from various entities, including as the head of the Great Northern Veterans Peace Park Foundation.