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Donald Trump Unveils His Plan to 'Drain the Swamp' in Washington

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Donald Trump unveiled a new government ethics plan during his speech Monday night in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Reuters photo)

In the wake of the latest revelations that Undersecretary of State for Management Patrick Kennedy allegedly pressured the FBI to downgrade the classification of one of Hillary Clinton's emails as part of a quid pro quo, Donald Trump's campaign has declared enough is enough.

First, spokesman Jason Miller issued the following statement from the Trump camp:

Today's release of the FBI notes on their investigation into Clinton's secret email server is deeply disturbing. The news that top Clinton aide Patrick Kennedy tried to engage in a blatant quid pro quo for changing the classification level of several of Clinton's emails shows a cavalier attitude toward protecting our nation's secrets. Kennedy must resign from the State Department immediately and Clinton must state he has no place in her administration if she is elected president.

Then, later in the evening, Trump himself unveiled a new, five-point plan to—as he put it—"drain the swamp in Washington, D.C." During a speech in Wisconsin, he unveiled the plan, which has received high praise, even from some of his toughest critics:

If we let the Clinton Cartel run this government, history will record that 2017 was the year America lost its independence.

We will not let that happen.

It is time to drain the swamp in Washington, D.C.

That is why I am proposing a package of ethics reforms to make our government honest once again.

When Bill Clinton came into office, he signed an executive order saying if you work for the White House or a federal agency, you can't lobby the government for 5 years after you leave. But then, President Clinton did what the Clintons always do—he rigged the system on his way out. Clinton lifted the executive order so the Clintons and their cronies like John Podesta could start raking in cash.

So, here is what I am announcing tonight. 

First: I am going to re-institute a five-year ban on all executive branch officials lobbying the government for five years after they leave government service. I am going to ask Congress to pass this ban into law so that it cannot be lifted by executive order.

Second: I am going to ask Congress to institute its own five-year ban on lobbying by former members of Congress and their staffs.

Third: I am going to expand the definition of lobbyist so we close all the loopholes that former government officials use by labeling themselves consultants and advisors when we all know they are lobbyists.

Fourth: I am going to issue a lifetime ban against senior executive branch officials lobbying on behalf of a foreign government.

And Fifth: I am going to ask Congress to pass a campaign finance reform that prevents registered foreign lobbyists from raising money in American elections.

Not only will we end our government corruption, but we will end the economic stagnation.


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