Anime Right News (ARN) — Genie Energy's Ira Greenstein, who donated to the Trump campaign in 2015, was also directly involved in processing applicants for the administration during the presidential transition.
This gave Greenstein, the President of that very corporation, direct oversight over who to put into power.
Subsequently giving the corporation as a whole complete control.
Ex-Congressman John Sweeney just finished interviewing an applicant for the job of U.S. ambassador to Estonia on Wednesday morning following weeks of marathon vetting sessions inside Trump Tower.
"We have more than 420 jobs to fill and we're doing interviews from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., trying to whittle down the pool of applicants, which is not an easy job," said Sweeney, 61, an attorney from Clifton Park who served four terms in Congress.
He ran President-elect Donald Trump's New York state presidential campaign and organized a raucous rally in April that packed 15,000 people into the Times Union Center. He's been tapped as a high-level member of Trump's presidential transition team, known as the "Tiger Team."
Fueled by coffee and chicken salad sandwiches from the Trump Tower's cafe, Sweeney and three other high-powered Trump partisans have completed more than 300 interviews thus far. They're conducting 30- to 60-minute interviews of applicants for jobs including senior national security and intelligence positions, ambassadors, undersecretaries and top-ranking officials in nearly every federal agency. They conduct interviews by phone or in person and rank finalists 1 through 5. The final hiring is done by senior Trump aides following background checks.
"The last two weeks we did a lot of work on State Department and United Nations positions and the pool of applicants is impressive beyond belief," Sweeney said. "We did 15 phone interviews with ambassadors around the world yesterday, including six current ambassadors looking for extensions."
Sweeney is conducting interviews alongside three transition team members, lawyers all: Martin Silverstein, U.S. ambassador to Uruguay under President George W. Bush; Ira Greenstein, president of Genie Energy Ltd.; and financier Anthony Scaramucci, founder and co-managing partner of the hedge fund SkyBridge Capital.
Due to the enormous conflict of interest already present through Jared Kushner as well as former IDT Corp.'s Michael Glassner, also having the President of Genie Energy being involved directly in this, takes the issue up a notch.
Since the corporation has an inherent self-interest to expand Israeli territory beyond the Golan Heights, to exploit oil reserves, this directly conflicts with the interests of U.S. sovereignty since those business interests would affect or directly cause military action.
As we can observe with permanent Strategic Advisory Board member, Rupert Murdoch:
Applicants have ranged across both political parties and their experience extends beyond business interests.
Oh, the irony of such sentiments.
"Some of them started businesses or are retired military officials or took non-traditional career paths," Sweeney said. "We ask about past political involvement and it's a consideration, but it doesn't necessarily disqualify anybody. We gave a green light for a senior position to a maxed-out donor to Hillary Clinton."
This is the same at Genie Energy itself, political dichotomy is irrelevant, Democrats have sat on the Strategic Advisory Board.
Such as Shelley Berkley.
Most applicants appear willing to make sacrifices for public service. "They're willing to give up lucrative jobs and lifestyles and travel great distances to serve their country, which is breathtaking," he said.
In addition to being an early and active leader with the Trump campaign, Sweeney said he was chosen for the transition team because of his experience as a congressman and his tenure as New York's labor commissioner when he oversaw 5,100 state employees.
Unfortunately revealing something regarding this specifically is simply too nuclear.
Sweeney was tapped as a fixer and enforcer in the contested Florida presidential recount of 2000 and his hard-nosed style earned him the nickname "Congressman Kick-Ass" from President Bush.
The pressure of being president-elect seems like it has not essentially changed Trump from the man Sweeney came to know and like many years ago on the New York political scene. "He's as easy to talk with as anybody I've ever known in politics," Sweeney said. "Some people believe he's abrasive, but he's really not that way at all. He's very kind. I was also expecting the kids to be difficult, with that perception of privilege. They're not that way at all. Ivanka is really nice and Donald Jr. is, too."
Sweeney is not seeking a position in the Trump administration. After the transition team work is finished, he intends to return to his legal practice in Clifton Park where he and his wife, Erin, are raising 4- and 6-year-olds. Sweeney also has a 13-year-old stepdaughter and three grown children from a previous marriage. Amid a cloud of scandal involving DWI convictions and a domestic dispute, he lost his House seat in 2006 to Kirsten Gillibrand, a Democrat who is now a U.S. senator. He's spoken publicly about his alcoholism and sobriety since 2009.
"It's an honor to be able to do this service to my country," Sweeney said. "It gives me a view into history and it's something I'll tell my grandchildren about."