Corruption runs rampant in the Trump administration, and Congresswoman Mimi Walters (R-Irvine) appears content to abdicate her constitutionally mandated oversight role when it comes to Trump’s Cabinet officials.
In a blockbuster report, Forbes uncovered allegations of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross grifting up to $120 million from clients over the years. The report noted, “If even half of the accusations are legitimate, the current United States secretary of commerce could rank among the biggest grifters in American history.”
This comes after Ross lied to Congress about divesting all his assets. When Ross signed a document swearing he had divested, he maintained up to $50 million in stocks. He later sold them, gaining an additional $1.2 million in profits, according to an earlier Forbes investigation.
Some members of Congress are calling for investigations into insider trading allegations as well, says Forbes.
Amidst all the corruption, Walters remains silently complicit, even though she is perfectly positioned to do something about it.
Walters is a member of the Oversight and Investigations subcommittee of the Energy and Commerce Committee, which has the power to conduct oversight and investigations into the Commerce Department. Congress was given the power and duty to conduct oversight by the constitution, as a way to maintain a check on the executive branch.
Yet Walters refuses to lift a finger or even speak out about the numerous ethical and legal questions swirling around Ross. Her social media feed is full of posts about the unpopular tax bill. But she never mentions Ross, and has never publicly called for a hearing or investigation by her subcommittee into his alleged corruption or dishonesty.
When Trump’s Cabinet officials are lying to Congress, possibly grifting tens of millions of dollars, and maybe even engaging in insider trading, Walters is sitting idly by, giving the Trump regime a free pass to be as corrupt as they can.
Rather than hold Trump’s corrupt Cabinet officials accountable, Walters would rather cozy up to them. In May 2018, Walters attended an award ceremony hosted by Ross, posing in a photo with him and members of the Greater Irvine Chamber of Commerce.
After more than 18 months of loyally turning a blind eye to corruption, Trump rewarded Walters with the maximum allowable campaign contribution.
Only in her second term, Walters seems awfully comfortable in Trump’s corrupt orbit.