White House Exempts Bill Shine from Ethics Rules So He Can Keep Meeting with Fox News
President Donald Trump's lead lawyer claims it's in the "public interest" for communications director Bill Shine to be exempted from federal ethics rules, along with National Economic Council director Larry Kudlow.
The Daily Beast reports of Shine:
“The Administration has an interest in you interacting with Covered Organizations such as Fox News,” wrote White House counsel Don McGahn in a July 13 memo granting an ethics waivers to Shine, a former Fox executive. “[T]he need for your services outweighs the concern that a reasonable person may question the integrity of the White House Office’s programs and operations.”
The White House has granted a reported 20 waivers so far.
These waivers are part of a larger pattern that finds this White House emphasizing relationships with news media outlets that are friendly to Trump.