Trump Aide Quits After Allegation of “Collecting Intelligence” For Lobbyists

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Four months after his hire as the new top Trump White House legislative liaison, Chris Cox leaves the West Wing.

Chris Cox is a veteran GOP lobbyist who said he was “collecting intelligence” during his time in the White House, according to Politico

  • Politico said that “Cox suggested while working in the White House that he was collecting intelligence or doing work after speaking to representatives and lobbyists from corporate interests.”
  • Cox allegedly emails with fellow aides and officials on the National Security Council to push an exemption for Gulfstream to deliver private jets overseas.
  • Politico called it “notable to many people at all levels of the White House that he was openly collecting political intelligence for corporate special interests and lobbyists on K Street from deep inside the sanctum of the White House.”
  • The White House defended Cox, and subsequently refused to comment.

Remaining unknowns include which National Security Council officials received Cox’s emails, what their responses were, and why Cox was permitted to resign rather than being fired if the allegations are true. 

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