Anime Right News (ARN) — A new report recently fielded by McClatchy DC’s Anita Kumar & Ben Wieder has shed more light on White House staffer Ira Greenstein. Focusing on financial disclosures with the U.S. Office of Government Ethics (OGE), the report shows that Greenstein among other staffers, has not yet been properly approved.
Deputy Assistant Greenstein had been certified internally by the White House Counsel but not the OGE.
A year into Donald Trump’s presidency, records show five of his top staffers still have not secured final approval of their financial reports — disclosures that are required by law to assure Americans that these senior officials aren’t personally benefiting from their White House jobs.
The delay is likely due to Trump staffers either refusing to disclose mandated information to OGE, failing to resolve a conflict of interest or violating an ethics law or regulation, according to two ethics experts familiar with the long-standing process. But delays can also occur when White House ethics officials don’t force staffers to comply or because OGE is behind on paperwork.
Extending from Genie Energy to its founder’s other corporation involved in 5G, Straight Path Communications Inc. (SPCI), Greenstein’s interests disclosed in his OGE form showcased more than one major conflict of interest — making his employment illegal.
One conflict of interest, of course, relating to the use of the U.S. military.
His SEC filings also conflicted with statements in this form & Genie Energy did not disclose any press release indicating his departure from the company where the position is now vacant. This appears to show that he had most likely lied.
The number of Trump staffers without certification a year after inauguration is not normal, according to Walter Shaub, who served as OGE director until he quit in protest in July and joined the Campaign Legal Center. “That’s a high rate of failure or delay—and those are the ones the White House knows OGE will review, so the problem might be even worse with the reports that don’t come to OGE,” he said.
White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said the administration is working to get forms certified. “The process of getting a final certification from OGE is lengthy and tedious, just as it is with presidential nominees,” she said. “We will continue to work closely with OGE until this process is complete.” OGE declined to comment.
Anime Right News previously attempted to contact former OGE director Walter Shaub on Twitter, to inquire about Greenstein, but we were blocked.
Five forms had been certified by the White House counsel’s office but not OGE, according to OGE. They include those from Gorka who left in August; lawyer Ira Greenstein; Keith Kellogg Jr., NSC chief of staff and executive secretary; Daniel Scavino Jr., director of social media; and Amy Swonger, who heads up the White House’s Senate legislative affairs team. Three of the five started in January 2017, one in February and another in March.
Although the article received much attention, McClatchy like other news organizations has not linked to Greenstein’s OGE file, despite his being definitively the most important. An observation that again shows just how reclusive this individual has been.
Kumar has not acknowledged or responded to any of the Tweets sent to her about Greenstein, a number of which were sent following her Tweeting of the individual & subject matter.
Anime Right News has reached out for comment from Anita Kumar & Ben Weider.