STEPHEN BANNON MISREPORTED $2 MILLION OF DEBT ON HIS GOV’T FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE REPORTS
White House ethics officials compounded his problems by certifying his disclosure forms as complete and in keeping with government rules.
“Instead of disclosing the creditors for the four home loans he reported, Bannon simply wrote “HOME LOAN” on each line of the form. Bannon’s form was the only one of more than 400 forms filed by Trump administration appointees — and reviewed by the Center for Public Integrity and Reveal — that did not specifically list the creditors.”
Kathleen Clark, a professor of law at Washington University in St. Louis and an expert on government ethics told the Center for Public Integrity that, “What’s most significant to me about this situation is that the chief ethics officers at the White House signed off on [Bannon’s forms].” She continued, “Individuals make mistakes. The real story is how shoddy the ethics process is in the White House.” She added, “This raises an important question about the quality of the work that’s being done, and how careful these White House ethics officers are.”
At the submission of his government forms, Mr. Bannon swore, that they were “true, complete and correct to the best of [his] knowledge.”