President Obama’s senior adviser Valerie Jarrett appeared on CNN to discuss Obama’s farewell address, set for Tuesday night.
CNN’s Alisyn Camerota asked Jarrett about Trump’s appointment of his son-in-law Jared Kushner to the role of senior adviser.
Jarrett dodged the question but told Camerota: “What I can tell you, though, having co-chaired President Obama’s transition, is that he said to his lawyers ‘tell me where the lines are and then I’m going to color well within the lines.’ He did that with the appointments in the White House and he also did that with his Cabinet. He wanted to make sure that our due diligence was done ahead of time.”
Obama has nominated several people to Cabinet-level positions who were forced to withdraw their nomination for ethical reasons, however:
Chas Freeman, Obama’s nominee to chair the National Intelligence Council, withdrew “over questions about payments from the Saudi Arabian government.”
Former Sen. Tom Daschle (D-SD) withdrew his nomination for Health and Human Services Secretary “after it was discovered he failed to property pay his taxes.”
Nancy Killefer withdrew her nomination from the government’s chief performance office because of “tax problems.”
Jide Zeitlin, who Obama nominated to serve as U.S ambassador to the United Nations, withdrew his nomination after it being “accused of identify fraud and improper business practices.”
Former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson (D), who Obama nominated to become Commerce secretary, had to withdraw his nomination after he was caught up in a major pay-for-play scandal.
9.18.17 10:59 amFox News Highlights Media Bias In A CBS Report About Richard Cordray
“CBS Sunday Morning” didn’t disclose that four of the lawyers that it interviewed had ties to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
9.18.17 10:41 amAmericans Overwhelmingly Reject Internet Sales Tax Proposal
Two of three Americans said they oppose an sales tax in their state on items purchased online.
9.14.17 2:07 pmNew NRSC Ad Hits Claire McCaskill for Saying ‘Normal People’ Can Afford a Private Plane
It’s the latest gaffe for the vulnerable senator from Missouri.
8.24.17 3:00 pmIs Tim Cook Running For President?
The Apple CEO held presidential campaign style events in the pivotal states of Iowa and Ohio on Thursday.