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Dems Take Issue With Bill Shine's Fox News Severance Payments

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White House communications director Bill Shine (Mark Lennihan/AP)

By    |   Monday, 10 December 2018 06:32 PM

Four Democratic senators, including one potential presidential candidate, are looking for answers as to why the White House communications director continues to be paid millions of dollars stemming from his old job at Fox News.

According to CNBC, Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., and Edward Markey, D-Mass., sent a letter to acting White House counsel Emmet Flood on Monday inquiring about whether Bill Shine is breaking government rules by accepting an estimated $7 million in bonuses from Fox between this year and next year.

"21st Century's Fox's previous and ongoing payments to Mr. Shine of millions of dollars in severance payments raise questions about his compliance with federal conflict of interest statutes and regulations," the senators wrote, referring to an $8.4 million severance Shine received after he left Fox in May 2017.

"Did you or other ethics officials at the White House provide Mr. Shine with any authorizations or ethics waivers regarding his participation in meetings or communications related to particular matters that affect 21st Century Fox, Fox News Channel, and its affiliates other than those identified in this letter?"

President Donald Trump hired Shine in July to serve as his communications director. He replaced Hope Hicks, who was recently named to an executive position at the new Fox corporation.

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