Trump is so terrible, he makes guys who leave his orbit look like good guys –for a minute.
His former White House Chief of staff, John Kelly, just joined board of directors of Caliburn, who owns Comprehensive Health Services, which operates Homestead and three other shelters for unaccompanied migrant children in Texas.
Kelly left the Trump administration at the end of last year, and later said his chief of staff role was the worst, calling it,
“the least enjoyable job.”
Yeah, working for the devil sucks. Before that, he was on the advisory board for the investment firm DC Capital, which owns Caliburn.
Being four times removed but still cashing the checks, doesn’t hide the fact that Kelly’s new gig runs the biggest unaccompanied migrant child detention center in the country.
CBS News reports,
“Federal contract records show Comprehensive received at least $222 million to operate Homestead between July 7, 2018 and April 20, 2019, and could receive much more — up to $341 million in payments between now and November for continued operation of the expanded site.
While Comprehensive and DC Capital appear to have reaped financial benefits through government contracts during and after Kelly’s tenure as White House chief of staff, Richard Briffault, a Columbia Law School professor, said Kelly may not have broken any rules.
‘It sounds like he’s running between the raindrops. It doesn’t sound great, but most likely he’s not directly violating any policies.'”
Delaney Marsco, ethics counsel at the nonprofit Campaign Legal Center, said,
“The fact is that when he was in the White House, the government took action that swelled the population of people that were in these facilities, and that benefited his former employer. That’s the exact kind of situation that is why we have the ethics clause.”
Caliburn’s CEO, James Van Dusen, praised Kelly’s addition to the team in a statement, saying the
“Board remains acutely focused on advising on the safety and welfare of unaccompanied minors who have been entrusted to our care by the Department of Health and Human Services.”
Saying that “the boards remains focused on profits alone” just doesn’t sound as good, I guess.
(Photo, screen grab; via CBS News)