Corruption that’s legal is still corrupt
When did “whatever federal law allows” become the standard for ethical behavior among the D.C. elite? asked Sarah Chayes. Hunter Biden didn’t break any laws in taking a lucrative sinecure with a Ukrainian natural gas company, but he obviously traded on his position as the son of a U.S. vice president. Unfortunately, his behavior is typical of circles in which “America’s leading lights” use “their connections and access to insider policy information” to enrich themselves. Cofer Black, George W. Bush’s CIA counterterrorism chief, joined Biden on Burisma Holdings’ board. Paul Manafort worked for Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych, “a Moscow-linked kleptocrat” ousted from power in 2014. So did Gregory Craig, President Obama’s White House counsel. Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright founded a hedge fund that took a stake in an energy company that does business with a U.S. government entity closely linked to the State Department. In fact, “scratch into the bios of many former U.S. officials who were in charge of foreign or security policy in administrations of either party, and you will find ‘consulting’ firms and hedge-fund gigs monetizing their names and connections.” How did we ever convince ourselves that this “was not corruption”?