Feb 21, 2018

RNC paying former Trump bodyguard's firm $15,000 per month

Keith Schiller. Photo: Mandel Ngan / AFP / Getty Images

The Republican National Committee has been paying the private security firm owned by President Trump's former bodyguard and longtime confidant, Keith Schiller, $15,000 a month, CNBC first reported and Axios has confirmed.

The details: Schiller left the White House last year after working with Trump for almost 20 years. An RNC official told Axios the firm has been retained to provide security consultation for the RNC 2020 convention site selection process. If that rate of payment keeps up, Schiller will have made more than $500,000 by the time of the convention.

  • The RNC said the funds are coming out of its convention fund (the DNC has a similar fund), not the campaign fund.
  • But, but, but: The transactions have been criticized by campaign finance watchdog groups. Former special counsel at the Federal Election Commission and chief of strategy for the advocacy group Common Cause, Stephen Spaulding, told CNBC, "Trump's bodyguard's firm is getting a fat payout from the RNC and its deep pocketed donors."

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China reopens Wuhan after 10-week coronavirus lockdown

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China has lifted its lockdown of Wuhan, the city in Hubei province where the coronavirus outbreak was first reported in December, according to the New York Times.

Why it matters: As cases surged in January, China took the draconian step of sealing off the city of 11 million and shutting down its economy — a response that was viewed at the time as only possible in an authoritarian system, but which has since been adopted by governments around the world.

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Trump removes watchdog overseeing rollout of $2 trillion coronavirus bill

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President Trump on Monday replaced the Pentagon's acting Inspector General Glenn Fine, who had been selected to chair the panel overseeing the rollout of the $2 trillion coronavirus relief bill passed last month, Politico first reported.

Why it matters: A group of independent federal watchdogs selected Fine to lead the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee, but Fine's removal from his Pentagon job prevents him from being able to serve in that position — since the law only allows sitting inspectors general to fill the role.

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