The team was established on January 11, 2017 because Trump believes “Veterans are treated badly.” Of course, the best way to treat them is to profit from them, right? According to an email issued by US lawmakers on Monday, the team is composed of Marvel executive Isaac Perlmutter, Washington DC lawyer Marc Sherman, and West Palm Beach doctor Dr. Bruce Moskowitz.
according to Public Broadcasting CorporationWhen the trio began to advise the VA on budget and contract issues, they came up with the idea of selling veterans’ medical data. According to the media report, more than 9 million veterans receive medical services from the department in more than 1,000 facilities across the country.
“In my opinion, patient data is the most valuable asset of the Department of Veterans Affairs,” Terry Fadem, a consultant who manages a private non-profit organization created by Moskowitz, said in June 2017, according to An e-mail posted by the supervisor. And the House Committee and the Department of Veterans Affairs. “It can be used for hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue.”
Moskowitz apparently told David Shulkin, the then Secretary of Virginia, that he had negotiated a potential deal with Johnson & Johnson, CVS, and Apple. According to published emails, Shulkin is open to the plan. The published documents did not specify whether the veterans were required to agree to or sign any contracts for the sale of medical data.
However, these emails do indicate that these three are not the only Trump minions involved.one Email of March 31, 2017 It shows that Trump’s daughter Ivanka introduced Perlmutter to Apple CEO Tim Cook and Johnson & Johnson CEO Alex Gorsky to discuss the proposal.
According to e-mails, although the e-mails did not indicate whether Trump himself was aware of plans to sell veteran patient data, his daughter and his son-in-law Jared Kushner were involved. An email from Kushner did indicate that Trump was “excited” to meet with Perlmutter to discuss his plans for the Department of Veterans Affairs.
This group of people clearly knows what they are doing is wrong. An email stated that when White House official Reed Cordish stated that the organization was subject to FACA requirements, Perlmutter responded: “The good news is that we were told that FACA is not applicable because we are not a formal organization in any way.” Screenshot of their email shows.
According to the House Oversight Committee and the Veterans’ Interior Committee, the investigation into the behavior of the three Starting in 2019The committee said on Monday: “The Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) requires groups that recommend that the government operate in a transparent and balanced manner.”
“The Sealake Manor trio refused to comply with this law and, with the knowledge of Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump (using personal email accounts) and other senior White House advisers, concealed them from the public Efforts to influence the policy of the Department of Veterans Affairs.”
The committee added that the organization “received support due to its connection with President Trump’s private Sea Lake Manor Club, which violated the law and tried to improperly influence government officials to promote their own personal interests.” The committee said that the three also outlined plans for cooperation with their own company, including “cooperating with Marvel to establish a team of celebrity ambassadors” to launch a public awareness campaign for suicide prevention.
Although the organization was created under the guise of Trump’s love and care for veterans, they clearly wanted to take advantage of vulnerable groups.
“From the well-documented waiting time issues to the quality of care, there have been many setbacks in providing our veterans with the level of care they deserve. That’s why when the President and the senior leadership of Virginia asked us for help, We are happy to take the time to do so voluntarily,” the cronies said in a statement.
In a statement to ProPublica, Perlmutter, Sherman, and Moskowitz said: “The former Secretary of State Shulkin, his senior staff and the President have repeatedly asked us to assist Virginia. This is what we want to do.”
A spokesperson for the organization insisted that it is not their responsibility to comply with FACA regulations.Nevertheless, in March 2021, a federal appeals court in Washington hold Free veterans groups can file a lawsuit to enforce FACA’s disclosure requirements surrounding the Mar-a-Lago trio.