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Capitol Report: The rich take bribes, too, and ethics rules don’t deter them, experts say

Wealthy politicians take bribes as often as their less well-off peers, even if some supporters of President-elect Trump believe the rich are better able to resist temptation.

In a National Review column published before the holiday break, and the opening on Tuesday of the 115th Congress, CNBC senior contributor and prospective White House Council of Economic Advisers chief Larry Kudlow wrote, “Why shouldn’t the president surround himself with successful people? Wealthy folks have no need to steal or engage in corruption.”

Kudlow, like other Trump supporters, is not worried that a Republican-dominated Congress, backed by a president-elect who refuses to release his taxes or divest business assets that are already presenting conflicts, might ignore conflicts of interest when voting on Trump’s appointees.

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