After the Firing of Preet Bharara, Tom Price Breaths of Sigh of Relief
It turns out that Bharara was investigating some of Price’s stock trades:
“Fired U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara Said to Have Been Investigating HHS Secretary Tom Price.”
“Trump’s head of the Department of Health and Human Services traded stocks of health-related companies while working on legislation affecting the firms. A source says Bharara was overseeing an investigation. The White House didn’t immediately comment.”
“Former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, who was removed from his post by the Trump administration last week, was overseeing an investigation into stock trades made by the president’s health secretary, according to a person familiar with the office.”
“Tom Price, head of the Department of Health and Human Services, came under scrutiny during his confirmation hearings for investments he made while serving in Congress. The Georgia lawmaker traded hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of shares in health-related companies, even as he voted on and sponsored legislation affecting the industry.”
“The investigation of Price’s trades by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, which hasn’t been previously disclosed, was underway at the time of Bharara’s dismissal, said the person.”
“Bharara was one of 46 U.S. attorneys asked to resign after Trump took office. It is standard for new presidents to replace those officials with their own appointees. But Bharara’s firing came as a surprise because the president had met with him at Trump Tower soon after the election. As he left that meeting, Bharara told reporters Trump asked if he would be prepared to remain in his post, and said that he had agreed to stay on.”
Phew! Guess Price doesn’t have to worry about that now.
“A White House spokesperson didn’t respond to questions about whether Trump or anyone in his cabinet was aware of the inquiry into Price’s trades.”
“In December, the Wall Street Journal reported that Price traded more than $300,000 worth of shares in health companies over a recent four-year period, while taking actions that could have affected those companies. Price, an orthopedic surgeon, chaired the powerful House Budget Committee and sat on the Ways and Means Committee’s health panel.”
“In one case, Price was one of just a handful of American investors allowed to buy discounted stock in Innate Immunotherapeutics — a tiny Australian company working on an experimental multiple sclerosis drug. The company hoped to be granted “investigational new drug” status from the Food and Drug Administration, a designation that expedites the approval process.”
Swamp drained. Don’t worry-while Price is a winner by violating the rules, he is chomping at the bit to take away our healthcare. Paul Ryan practically has a woody at the prospect at taking out Medicaid.
“Paul Ryan says he fantasized about cutting health care for the poor at his college keggers”
“Meet the most insufferable frat boy in human history.”
Meanwhile, Trump apologists say ‘Take him seriously but not literally.’
And, indeed, in his campaign Trump had vowed not to cut a cent from Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid. Score one for the non literalists.
If you took him literally in that case you got played. On the other hand, regarding mass deportations and a Muslim ban you had to take him literally there.
So it turns out you have to sometimes take him literally and sometimes not. Or in reality, always take him literally but also remember that, literally, he”s a pathological liar.
P.S. As we saw in my poll out this week, the long awaited poll results are in, and right now I’m just 11 points down vs. Peter King (GOP-NY-District 2). And the voters don’t even know who I am yet.
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