Walter Shaub, who was the Office of Government Ethics director during the second term of ex-President Barack Obama, has spoken against what he says is “disgusting”, “pathetic”, and “illegal” top-level nepotism all over the Biden administration.
During the Trump administration, Shaub was a frequent critic but he has now turned his focus towards exposing the nepotism excesses of Joe Biden and the Democrats.
Declaring in a series of tweets that the situation in question “royally sucks”, he made it clear he was disgusted with the Biden administration especially against the backdrop of his own hard work to boost ethics in government.
Instead, he wrote, Biden and his team have given “a real ‘f—you’ to all those who care about government ethics.
You just finished college? Wanna work for Joe?
President Donald Trump was severely criticized by the Democrats and the mainstream media for appointing his son-in-law Jared Kushner and his daughter Ivanka as unpaid advisers within the White House.
But Shaub’s honest indignation about “privileged kiddos” whose “mommies and daddies” “cozied up” to the President points out to an epidemic of nepotistic appointments by Joe Biden.
In one of his tweets, Shaub cried out that even the head of Biden’s presidential personnel has a child who recently graduated college but already enjoys a job in the administration.
The official in question is precisely the one “supposed to keep them honest”, Obama’s ex-chief wrote, stating the situation was a “f—ing failure” for Biden, and epitomizing a “much bigger rot”.
Family members of many of Biden’s closest aides – including his spokesperson Jen Psaki, State Secretary Tony Blinken, and national security adviser Jake Sullivan – have recently landed top government jobs.
Thus, White House counselor Steve Ricchetti’s son JJ, who graduated from college in 2020, now has a Treasury Department job, while his daughter Shannon Richetti, in her 20s, works for the social secretary of the White House.
On top of that, Ricchetti’s elder brother manages a consulting firm in DC.
Another longtime Biden aide, Bruce Reed’s daughter, Julia Reed, has a job as Biden’s scheduler in the West Wing.
Cathy Russel, the head of the Office of Presidential Personnel of the White House, the one mentioned by Shaub in his all-caps tweet, has a daughter, a 2019 college grad, Sarah Donilon, now employed by the National Security Council.
At the same time, Russell’s brother-in-law Mike Donilon works as a senior adviser to Biden.
Stephanie Psaki, the sister of White House press secretary Jen Psaki, is a senior adviser at the Department of Health and Human Services.
Monica Medina, who is the wife of Ron Klain, the White House chief of staff, has been nominated as assist. secretary of state for oceans, science, and environment, and is yet to be confirmed by the Senate.
Meggie Goodlander, who is the wife of national security adviser Jake Sullivan, works as a counsel to Attorney General Merrick Garland, whereas Sullivan’s brother Tom has a State Department job, while his wife and Sullivan’s sister-in-law, Rose, is employed by the Department of Health and Human Services.
The top nepotistic list grows longer with the notable addition of Evan Ryan, the wife of the Secretary of State, who works as Biden’s White House Cabinet Secretary.
Shaub, however, declared that, besides nepotism, he is worried by the infiltration of the administration by corporate executives and big-firm lawyers.
He said the failure to clean up the government would set the stage for an authoritarian’s rise.