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June 13, 2019 4:45 p.m.

This Week: Trump Makes New Position So Hardliner Can Take Over Agency

This is TPM’s Trump Swamp primer, your weekly roundup of grift and abuse of power in Trump’s Washington.  President Donald Trump stayed at his International Golf Links & Hotel in Doonbeg, Ireland during his recent sweep through Europe, adding millions to the public tab for his golf excursions and giving his business an international platform and endorsement. Trump claimed to have stayed at Doonbeg “because it’s convenient,” and because of the “great relationships we have with the U.K.” — though Ireland isn’t in the U.K., and flying from Doonbeg to France and then back, as Trump did, is not exactly convenient. Repeated Hatch Act violations — government officials can’t use their positions to advance political causes — finally appear to have broken the camel’s back: The Office of Special Counsel, a government watchdog, recommended Thursday that Kellyanne Conway be fired for her “repeat offender” status. “If Ms. Conway were any other federal employee, her multiple violations of the law would almost…

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