Warren proposes federal task force to investigate Trump 'corruption'

Warren proposes federal task force to investigate Trump 'corruption'
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Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenBiden looks to shore up lead in S.C. Hillicon Valley: Dems cancel surveillance vote after pushback to amendments | Facebook to ban certain coronavirus ads | Lawmakers grill online ticketing execs | Hacker accessed facial recognition company's database Push for national popular vote movement gets boost from conservatives MORE (D-Mass.) on Tuesday said she would establish an independent task force to investigate corruption in the Trump administration if she wins the White House.

Warren’s “plan to restore integrity and competence to government after Donald Trump” was released one year ahead of the next presidential inauguration — and just hours before the start of Trump’s Senate impeachment trial on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

Warren pledged to create an independent Justice Department Task Force to investigate “violations” of Trump administration officials of federal bribery laws, insider trading laws and other anti-corruption and public integrity laws. 

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Warren said she would also identify and end federal contracting arrangements “that arose as a result of corruption” in the Trump administration. 

As part of the plan, Warren said she would ask for the resignations of all political appointees, including U.S. attorneys, with an exception only for positions necessary for continuity and national security during a transition. 

Warren said she would announce her choices for Cabinet members by Dec. 1 and will fully staff senior and mid-level White House positions by Inauguration Day. She pledged not to hire any current lobbyists, with a “cooling off” period of six years for corporate lobbyists and two years for noncorporate lobbyists.

A Warren Cabinet will “reflect the energy and diversity of America,” including a Cabinet of at least 50 percent women, according to the plan. 

"As President, I will appoint people who want to fulfill the purposes of our government, not undermine it -- and that starts with some serious departures from the Trump Administration,” Warren said. 

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For example, she renewed her promise to appoint a secretary of Education who has been a public school teacher.

The plan also includes a pledge to diversify recruitment to attract entry-level applicants and create new paid fellowship programs for federal jobs for people from marginalized communities and low-income applicants. 

The plan was released two weeks out from the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses. Warren has been battling with surging progressive counterpart Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersDNC warns campaigns about cybersecurity after attempted scam Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Biden looks to shore up lead in S.C. MORE (I-Vt.), as well as former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden looks to shore up lead in S.C. Hillicon Valley: Dems cancel surveillance vote after pushback to amendments | Facebook to ban certain coronavirus ads | Lawmakers grill online ticketing execs | Hacker accessed facial recognition company's database Vulnerable Democrats brace for Sanders atop ticket MORE and former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegBiden looks to shore up lead in S.C. Vulnerable Democrats brace for Sanders atop ticket The Hill's Campaign Report: Gloves off in South Carolina MORE (D) ahead of the start of the primary voting season.