Ivanka Must Comply With Government Ethics Guidelines…

Insuring government officials, especially the executive branch, observe and comply with conflict of interest rules is crucial to our democracy. Exceedingly so when there is nepotism at work.

From POLITICO:

Ivanka Trump must file financial disclosures and is barred from participating in matters related to the Trump family business because of her White House role, the Office of Government Ethics said in a letter released Monday.

Democratic Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Tom Carper of Delaware requested information about ethics rules the first daughter must follow. At the time, Trump had secured a West Wing office space and was in the process of gaining a security clearance and government-issued communications devices, though she did not yet hold a formal position in the White House.

Her attorney had said Trump would adhere to the same ethics and records-retention rules that apply to government employees, so the senators asked in their March 29 letter how the ethics watchdog would ensure she did so. Ivanka Trump has since become an unpaid assistant to her father, President Donald Trump, though she has not filed paperwork with OGE about that move.

OGE Director Walter Shaub Jr. said in his reply, which was dated April 25 but released Monday by the senators, that Ivanka Trump must file disclosures within 30 days of her appointment about her financial interests and those of husband Jared Kushner and their children. The White House can grant two extensions up to 45 days each. She must also file periodic transaction reports, an annual financial disclosure report and a termination disclosure report.

Shaub said conflict of interest rules bar senior White House appointees “from participating personally and substantially in particular matters directly and predictably affecting their financial interests.” Staff members generally avoid those issues by recusing themselves from certain issues, Shaub said. OGE will review Trump’s disclosures after the White House files them.

“After the report is revised, OGE seeks information about how the White House is addressing any potential conflicts of interest identified during the review process,” Shaub said. “OGE then makes a determination regarding apparent compliance with financial disclosure and conflict of interest rules and either certifies or declines to certify the financial disclosure report.”

He said the White House must provide ethics training and make sure Trump complies with rules to avoid conflicts.

Hannity To Exit Fox “News”…

According to THE DAILY BEAST Sean Hannity’s 20 year stint with Fox News will be ending shortly. Apparently with the resignation of Shine, the rising influence of the Murdock sons, and the demise of the “good ole boys” network things may be changing. Perhaps Fox will move towards the center, truth, actual journalism, and reason. If so America benefits. Not holding our breath, but, we can hope can’t we?

Sean Hannity is looking to leave Fox News, according to sources, following the resignation of Fox News co-president Bill Shine officially on Monday.

Shine was Hannity’s long-time ally whom he personally recommended the network hire two decades ago to produce Hannity & Colmes. In recent days, Hannity warned it would be the “total end” of Fox News should Shine leave, and he rallied conservative activists to back him up.

Initially, insiders said, Hannity’s army of lawyers had hoped to discuss with Fox ways of protecting his 8-year-old primetime show, amid fears that Lachlan and James Murdoch—fresh off the ousting of Bill O’Reilly—were looking to push the network away from hard-right politics.

However, with Shine’s departure on Monday, one source told The Daily Beast, there’s no reason for Hannity to stay.

“The network now belongs to the Murdoch sons,” another Fox insider said after learning that Shine was gone.

One insider speculates that the negotiations could end this week and Hannity might be out by Friday. Another said his final show could even be tonight or Tuesday evening, given Shine’s Monday resignation.

Fox News, however, said in a statement speaking on behalf of Hannity and the network: “This is completely untrue.”

Shine, long considered Roger Ailes’ right-hand man, was named in multiple lawsuits against Fox as having been an enabler of both Ailes’ and O’Reilly’s alleged serial sexual-harassing. In one particular case, ex-host Andrea Tantaros alleged that Shine actively coordinated a campaign to retaliate against her for her accusations against the now-deposed Fox News creator. And according to New York magazine’s Gabriel Sherman, who first reported Shine’s resignation, female Fox News staffers considered circulating a petition calling for his firing. (Continues Below the Fold)