Talk about not draining the swamp.

Courtesy of Newsweek:

Elaine Chao reportedly helped secure millions of dollars in federal money requested by her husband, Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, for his home state of Kentucky by using her official capacity as secretary of the Department of Transportation, a move that ethics officials have lambasted and even consider impeachable.

Around the time of his 2020 reelection campaign announcement in April and in the run-up to it, McConnell was able to get at least $78 million in federal funds approved for local projects, in large part thanks to a role created for one of Chao’s aides, who then operated as an intermediary between her office and that of McConnell, according to Politico.

The revelations have raised conflicts of interest concerns among ethics experts, with at least one going so far as to suggest Chao should be removed from office.

“This is the sort of thing that should lead to the impeachment of a corrupt official — that is, if her corrupt husband weren’t in a position to block that impeachment,” Walter Shaub said on Twitter. Currently a senior adviser for the group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), Shaub served as the director of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics under Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump.

“We are now a full-fledged banana republic,” he continued. “We have nothing to teach the rest of the world except what not to be.

Keep this in mind when you hear Joe Biden suggest that once Donald Trump is gone the Republicans will “return to normal” and that Democrats can then work with them again. 

Power corrupts. 

And absolute power turns you into Mitch McConnell.