WASHINGTON, DC- What swamp? We all heard former President Donald Trump speaking for years about “draining the swamp,” which led many to ask—what is this “swamp” to which Trump was referring? Well, the “swamp” is back in a big way inside the Biden administration.
An article in Breitbart lays out exactly who Joe Biden has populated his administration with, and it is a who’s who of corrupticrats.
There is a company in Washington, DC located just blocks from the White House called WestExec.
This company is populated with a who’s who of former ambassadors, lawyers and Obama appointees who have worked over the past few years working with some of the world’s biggest corporations as lobbyists and other advocates.
According to The Intercept, the Biden administration has been loaded with over 15 consultants who formerly worked at WestExec, installing them in the White House, foreign policy agencies and law enforcement institutions.
Five have been placed in high-ranking posts, while four others served on the Biden-Harris transition team. According to sources, the speed at which WestExec has been able to insert itself in the power structure of Washington, DC is mind-boggling, especially considering the firm was only launched in 2017.
“It’s a remarkable march through the revolving door,” the Intercept said, “especially for a firm that only launched in 2017.”
Does that year sound familiar? It was of course the year when the Trump administration came into power and Obama and his minions were to have sailed into history. That, however, doesn’t appear to be the case.
WestExec has managed to get its alumnus placed in senior roles within the administration such as director of national intelligence and secretary of state. More disturbing, clients of WestExec, according to The Intercept, “have controversial interests in tech and defense that intersect with the policies their former consultants are now in a position to set and execute.”
Conflict of interest? You decide, but it sure appears that way.
“WestExec’s consultants are so connected and pedigreed that they often hold down multiple jobs, appointments, and titles,” the Intercept wrote.
WestExec’s ties to the national security apparatus of the United States were addressed in the book “Breaking the News: Exposing the Establishment Media’s Hidden Deals and Secret Corruption,” written by Breitbart News’ Editor in Chief Alex Marlow.
“After Biden’s election win, the convergence of the national security establishment and the Masters of the Universe began to reveal itself.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines both worked for the consulting firm WestExec, which Blinken cofounded with Michele Flournoy, a former undersecretary of defense under President Obama. Google hired WestExec to help them land valuable Department of Defense contracts.
WestExec also had a partnership with Jigsaw, Google’s in-house think tank.”
Creepy? Swampy? It sure seems like it. It gets worse than that. More Biden administration officials who previously worked at WestExec include:
- Jen Psaki, White House press secretary
- Tony Blinken, Secretary of State
- Avril Haines, Director of National Intelligence
- David S. Cohen, Deputy Director of the CIA
- Lisa Monaco, Deputy Attorney General
- Chris Inglis, National Cyber Director
According to The Intercept, WestExec doesn’t “affirmatively share its clients, and public financial disclosure forms only offer broad outlines.”
Some are raising the alarm bells about WestExec’s tangled web with the Biden White House.
Kathleen Clark, a law professor at Washington University in St. Louis notes that government ethics laws, written long ago do not seem to address a situation such as currently exists with WestExec, where a single company gives rise to 15 senior administration officials.
“Yes, they’re employed by the government, I’ll grant you that. But are they actually working for the American people or not? Where does their loyalty lie?” asked Clark. “The private sector can, in essence, co-opt the public sector.”
“That exempts them from public accountability, and that’s a problem because we can’t necessarily rely on internal controls and external, public disclosure.”
The White House brushed aside concerns about the apparent “swampiness” of the administration’s makeup through a spokesperson in a statement:
“These White House officials are experienced government leaders whose prior private sector experience is part of a broad and diverse skill set they bring to government service.”
The Intercept said WestExec didn’t reply to a list of questions that were submitted.
The outlet noted that WestExec has managed to secure defense contracts for tech startups, and also helped modernize defense companies’ tech capabilities. Oh, and it has also helped multinational companies gain access to China.
One such collaborator is an investment group called Pine Island Capital Partners, a defense-centered investment group. Pine Island’s team, according to CNBC at the time, included Blinken and now-Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin.
In a SEC filing at the time, the company said:
“We believe that with our access, network and expertise, we are well-suited to take advantage of the current and future opportunities present in the aerospace, defense and government services industries.” [emphasis added]
Access. Apparently so.
WestExec markets itself as a “unique geopolitical and policy expertise to help business leaders…defense, foreign policy, intelligence, economics, cybersecurity, data privacy, and strategic communications.”
Further, the company says they are “committed to excellence, integrity, [and] bipartisanship. [emphasis added]
The Intercept said the presence of so many former WestExec working in the Biden administration:
“…poses concerns about the potential for groupthink, conflicts of interest, and what can only be called, however oxymoronically, legalized corruption.
The outlet further noted:
‘The arrival of each new WestExec adviser at the administration has been met with varying degrees of press coverage—headlines for the secretary of state, blurbs in trade publications for the head of cybersecurity—but the creeping monopolization of foreign policymaking by a single boutique consulting firm has gone largely unnoticed.
The insularity of this network of policymakers poses concerns about he potential for groupthink, conflicts of interest, and what can only be called, however oxymoronically, legalized corruption.”
Lest anyone think this administration has any intent on reeling in big tech, you might want to think again. Blinken helped companies such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Microsoft when working for WestExec and also advised other companies such as AT&T, defense contractor Boeing, FedEx and Discovery, a media giant.
Moreover, Blinken also advised Blackstone, Royal Bank of Canada, and a multinational conglomerate called SoftBank, which has extensive business relationships with Saudi Arabia.
Blinken also advised McKinsey & Company, which serves over 90 of the world’s largest 100 corporations. McKinsey also has as its clients authoritarian regimes such as Saudi Arabia.
Blinken also brought several people who are now key staff members at the State Department from WestExec—Senior adviser Julianne Smith, who has been nominated as a permanent representative to NATO; Sarah McCool as his director of scheduling; Barbara Leaf former ambassador to the UAE who is touted to be the State Department’s assistant secretary for Near Eastern affairs; while Daniel Shapiro, who was Obama’s ambassador to Israel and who was described as a “very busy” member of WestExec is being floated as a Middle East envoy.
What of Avril Haines, Director of National Intelligence? She worked with WestExec between October 2017 through July 2020 when she joined Biden’s transition team as foreign policy lead. She advised companies such as Facebook, JP Morgan Chase, and Microsoft.
Deputy Director of the CIA, David Cohen was also an early member of what is described as WestExec’s “core team” along with Blinken and Haines. However due to an exemption for spy agencies’ officials, his disclosure as to which clients he represented with WestExec are not publicly available.
Clark called this problematic.
“That exempts them from public accountability,” she said, “and that’s a problem because we can’t necessarily rely on internal controls and external, public discourse.”
In a pamphlet advertising WestExec, Blinken wrote:
“WestExec’s advisors have worked together at the highest levels of government, navigating and anticipating the impact of international crises on decision making—we can provide the same insights and strategies to business leaders around the world.”
This is the swamp President Trump warned you about. Under the Biden administration, the swamp has become much deeper. And with it our national security has been apparently put at risk.