Some of theTrump administration’s top officials had “red flags” appear during the transition team’s vetting process, which was outsourced to the Republican National Committee (RNC), according to internal documents leaked to Axios.
The documents show that many of the controversies Trump’s Cabinet members were eventually ousted for were already known to the transition team.
The vetting documents for former Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt, who resigned following numerous controversies regarding his spending, ethics and management style, had a section titled “allegations of coziness with big energy companies,” according to documents released by Axios.
Former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price resigned after facing backlash for using his private jet for official business. Vetting documents for Price flagged “criticisms of management ability,” Axios reported.
Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson raised a red flag for his “deep” ties to Russia, according to Axios.
The Trump transition team fired former Gov.Chris Christie (R-N.J.) days after President Trump’s surprise victory. It was then headed by Vice President Pence, who outsourced political vetting to the RNC, Axios reported.
Axios reported that sources on the RNC vetting team said Trump officials asked them to do an initial “scrub” of candidates’ records before meeting with Trump. In many cases, it was the only vetting available to Trump when he announced his picks, Axios reported.
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