Bipartisan Group of Orgs and Individuals ... Calls on Trump to Divest

"In a letter sent today to President-elect Trump, a bipartisan group of organizations and individuals with expertise in governance issues called on Trump to divest his business enterprises or face serious conflicts of interest and Emoluments Clause problems as president.”

"The 29 signers to the letter included Republicans and Democrats, liberal and conservative groups."

http://www.democracy21.org/money-in-politics/press-releases-money-in-politics/bipartisan-group-of-orgs-and-individuals-with-governance-expertise-calls-on-trump-to-divest-business-enterprises-or-face-serious-conflicts-of-interest-and-emoluments-clause-problems/

Boeing pledges $1 million for Donald Trump's inaugural events

After Trump lies about the new, still-under-development, Air Force One:


It’s still being designed, so it could be more or less, but the current estimate is less by a quarter.


(h/t PixelEnvy)

Daring Fireball: Derangement

Nice take down. 

Click the link to get the full 360 degree head spin. 

On the Trump response to the news that the CIA found Russian involvement in the election:

Put aside that every single word of that state is false. (It was George W. Bush’s White House that claimed to be convinced that Iraq had WMDs, not CIA intelligence officers. The election was only a month ago — we’re still closer to election day than we are to Trump’s first day in office. Trump lost the popular vote by almost 3 million votes and his Electoral College win ranks 46th out of 58 in history.) 

ExxonMobile Oil Russia Deal On Hold Due to Sanctions

In an article from April, 2016:

Glenn Waller, the head of ExxonMobil operations in Russia, said on Tuesday that the company will return to its joint oil project with Rosneft in the Russian Arctic once sanctions against Moscow are lifted.
In an article from today:
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump is expected to name the chief executive of Exxon Mobil Corp (XOM.N) as the country's top diplomat, NBC News reported Saturday.
From McClatchy:
Putin’s association with Tillerson goes back to the 1990s, when Tillerson ran Exxon’s Russian operations. In 2013 the Russian president awarded Tillerson the Order of Friendship, one of Russia’s highest honors for foreigners.

These people do not think the normal rules apply

http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2016/12/the-borgias-of-pennsylvania-avenue.html

These people do not think the normal rules apply to them and so far there’s no reason to believe that any of the Trump family or the Kushner family plan to sacrifice anything in order to serve the public. In fact, all the evidence shows they plan to take full advantage of their connections. Just this past weekend, it was revealed that when Ivanka met with the Japanese prime minister her company was in intense negotiations with a major Japanese retailer — which is partially owned by the Japanese government. They’re just going for it.

Trump and the Blind Trust, with a nod to Obama.

NPR has a nice summary of the blind trust issues with a brief survey of recent conflicts.

Two weeks ago, the Washington Post pointed out that Trumps “adult kids” are, in fact, participating in the transition. And because we live in the era of ' "War is Peace, Ignorance is Strength, Freedom is Slavery.”’, there’s an actual discussion of what constitutes a blind trust. Vanity Fair suggests Mitt Romney had already moved the bar at the presidential level.

From the Vanity Fair article: "As a freshman senator, Barack Obama—whose wealth comes almost entirely from his book royalties—set up a blind trust but later that same year sold all of his stocks and closed the trust because he decided that even such an arrangement could not protect him from the appearance of a conflict. Most of his wealth is now invested in U.S. Treasury bonds and diversified funds—about the most transparent option available. What’s good for the country is good for Obama, and vice versa, to coin a phrase.”

The Obama presidency is relatively scandal free. As far as I can recall David Petraeus is the only administration official convicted of a crime. And, as far as I can recall, this is the first administration since Jimmy Carter that a senior staffer hadn’t been convicted of a felony during the administration.