Is Trump "Draining the Swamp" Right In Front of Our Eyes?

President Donald Trump spent much time on the campaign trail promising to "drain the swamp," a now infamous euphemism for getting rid of the corrupt Washington D.C. political and business class.

Now that he has become president, Mr. Trump has been mired in an investigation into whether or not he colluded with elements of the Russian government in a bid to help him win the election, as well as other scandals that have threatened to hamper his ability to effectively govern. But in the first 18 months of his presidency, Mr. Trump has had some notable achievements, so much so that The Heritage Foundation determined that the Trump administration had accomplished 64% of its entire agenda within the first year.

Policy achievements aside, questions have remained about whether or not the administration is doing anything to actually drain the swamp, as he promised. To date, there have been no high profile arrests of anyone in the previous administration, no arrests of anyone connected with the Uranium One scandal and no arrests or charges filed against anyone connected with the Clinton Foundation – issues which he and his base say deserve attention from Federal prosecutors. The closest we have seen is a House intelligence committee criminal referral, which simply recommended charges against Hillary Clinton, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, James Comey and Loretta Lynch. As of the time of the publishing of this article, charges have not been filed against them and no arrests have been made.

But, there is speculation that much is actually taking place off-camera, behind the scenes, as there is a large and growing list of high-profile business and congressional professionals who have either been fired or mysteriously/suddenly announced their resignations. Others, some of whom were expected to continue their service in office, have announced that they will not be seeking another term.

Take a look at the list below and then share your thoughts in the comments section.

Do you think that these high profile resignations are connected to the Trump administration "draining the swamp?"


CEO Resignations (Sept. - Dec. 2017)

Equifax CEO Richard Smith
Dentsply Sirona Inc CEO Jeffrey T. Slovin
Greater Naples CEO Paul Thein
Pepsico CEO D Shivakumar
Samsung CEO Kwon Oh-hyun
Oman Air CEO Paul Gregorowitsch
ASCENDAS Funds Management CEO Chia Nam Toon
Hudson's Bay CEO Gerald Storch
Red Cross Texas Gulf Coast Region CEO David Brady
BuildDirect CEO Jeff Booth
Podesta Group founder Tony Podesta
Menninger Clinic CEO Dr. C. Edward Coffey
Renaissance Technologies CEO Robert Mercer
Ardent Leisure CEO Simon Kelly
El Al CEO David Maimon
Altice CEO Michel Combes
Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane CEO Themba Dlamini
James Cancer Hospital CEO Michael Caligiuri
PR Electric Power Authority CEO Ricardo L. Ramos
Ellies CEO Wayne Samson
Hewlett Packard CEO Meg Whitman
Oi SA CEO Marco Schroeder
Tumblr CEO David Karp
London Stock Exchange CEO Xavier Rolet
Bruce Telecom CEO Bart Cameron
TravelCenters of America LLC CEO Thomas O'Brien
Tricentennial Commission CEO Edward Benavides
City Light CEO Larry Weis
Steinhoff's R100bn CEO Markus Jooste
Uchumi Supermarkets CEO Julius Kipng'etich
Chicago Public Schools CEO Forrest Claypool
Deutsche Boerse CEO Carsten Kengeter
Nation Media Group CEO Joe Muganda
Cheil Worldwide CEO Daiki Lim
Fenway Health CEO Dr. Stephen L. Boswell
Diebold/Nixdorf CEO Andy Mattes
AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson
Vast Resources CEO Roy Pitchford
Spackman Entertainment Group CEO Charles Spackman
ESPN President John Skipper
Innogy CEO Peter Terium
Papa John CEO John Schnatter
NYPD Police Chief Carlos Gomez retires
Alphabet Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt 

List of Congressional officials not seeing re-election or resigning

Bob Corker - Republican
Jeff Flake - Republican
Orrin Hatch - Republican
John McCain - Republican [Expected to announce]
Bill Shuster - Republican
Bob Goodlatte - Republican
Carol Shea-Porter - Democrat
Charles W. Dent - Republican
Darrell Issa - Republican
Dave Reichert - Republican
David Trott - Republican
Dennis Ross - Republican
Edward Royce - Republican
Elizabeth Esty - Democrat
Frank LoBiondo - Republican
Gene Green - Democrat
Gregg Harper - Republican
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen - Republican
Jeb Hensarling - Republican
Jim Bridenstine - Republican
Joe Barton - Republican
John Delaney - Democrat
John J. Duncan, Jr. - Republican
Lamar Smith - Republican
Luis V. Gutierrez - Democrat
Lynn Jenkins - Republican
Niki Tsongas - Democrat
Paul Ryan - Republican
Rick Nolan - Democrat
Robert Brady - Democrat
Rodney Frelinghuysen - Republican
Ruben J. Kihuen - Democrat
Ryan Costello - Republican
Sam Johnson - Republican
Sandy Levin - Democrat
Ted Poe - Republican
Thomas Rooney - Republican
Trey Gowdy - Republican [Resigned]
Al Franken - Democratic
Blake Farenthold - Republican
Jason Chaffetz - Republican
John Conyers, Jr. - Democrat
Louise Slaughter - Democrat
Patrick Meehan - Republican
Patrick J. Tiberi - Republican
Thad Cochran - Republican
Tim Murphy - Republican
Trent Franks - Republican
Xavier Becerra - Democrat - Attorney General of California

List of FBI and DOJ employees who “resigned” or were fired

James Baker
Lisa Page
Mike Kortan, FBI Assistant Director for Public Affairs
Josh Campbell, Special Assistant to James Comey  
David Laufman, Chief of the Justice Department’s Counterintelligence and Export Control Section
John Carlin, Assistant Attorney General – Head of DOJ National Security Division
Sally Yates, Deputy Attorney General – Acting Attorney General
Mary McCord, Acting Assistant Attorney General – Acting Head of DOJ National Security Division
Bruce Ohr, Associate Deputy Attorney General – Demoted
Rachel Brand, Associate Attorney General – No. 3 official behind Deputy AG Rosenstein



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