President Donald Trump has granted ethics waiver to 17 appointees who work for him and Vice President Pence, including four former lobbyists, the White House disclosed Wednesday evening.
The waivers exempt the appointees from certain portions of ethics rules aimed at barring potential conflicts of interest.
As reported by The Washington Post, among the high-profile figures who received waivers are White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway, who were both permitted to engage with their former employers or clients.
But that’s not all.
In addition, Trump issued a blanket waiver to chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon, authorizing him to run his right-wing news website, Breitbart, from the White House… on taxpayers dollars.
With Bannon now able to operate as the editor of the alt-right site, the Trump administration officially has its own in-house white supremacy propaganda machine, just like a dictatorship.
Breitbart is known for publishing conspiracy theories and fake news—the very kind that Trump claims is America’s number one enemy. This was the website that published the “PizzaGate” conspiracy, which led to a shooting rampage at the restaurant. Bannon was editor-in-chief at the time.