Trump is pushing a massive no-bid contract of 5G spectrum to a Republican-connected company

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Donald Trump is really packing in the bad acts in the final months of the year, in yet another clear sign he believes he’s losing this election. CNN reports that the White House is pushing the Defense Department to grant a massively lucrative no-bid lease of 5G spectrum to a company with deep Republican—and Trump—connections.

If Trump manages to pressure the Pentagon into approving such a contract for Rivada Networks, it would be “the biggest handoff of economic power to a single entity in history,” a senior administration official told CNN. Over the summer the government auctioned off 70 megahertz of spectrum for $4.5 billion—and Trump is pushing to lease five times that to Rivada.

Karl Rove, a lobbyist and investor for Rivada Networks, claims that the company wants a competitive bidding process, saying “If we were offered a no-bid contract we would turn it down.” Uh-huh, sure.

The Pentagon is reportedly pushing back, wanting to take its time vetting any possible impact of such a deal on military readiness. “Pentagon lawyers have told the White House that their department has no authority to issue RFPs for the purpose of leasing or selling off its spectrum, and they think that to do so in the manner the White House is pushing would be a complete deviation from normal rules and regulations,” CNN reports. But this is not a White House that has ever worried about completely deviating from normal rules and regulations, and so far the Defense Department has generally folded under pressure.

Members of Congress—including 19 Republican senators—have pushed back on the perceived rush by the White House, with the Republicans not naming Rivada but expressing concern about a plan that would not “rely on private industry and market forces to foster multiple, facilities-based 5G networks.”

This isn’t the only case of Trump rushing to get something irrevocably done before he can be forced out of office. Most obviously there’s his effort to jam through Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court, but he is also trying to lock in drilling leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. If Joe Biden wins, he’s going to be dealing with a big mess intentionally created to keep Trump’s priorities moving forward regardless of any rejection by voters.

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5 Comments on "Trump is pushing a massive no-bid contract of 5G spectrum to a Republican-connected company"

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Andrew
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Andrew

I’m so sick of this SOB doing all these things to harm our country! Where are the spineless Repubs to stand up to this madness. T-rump is a danger to this country, and to our rights, health, and the environment!

Spike
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Spike

I’ve never been a partisan in my voting and have always taken the ‘vote the candidate, not the party’ approach…no more. The GOP is no longer a party at all. Regardless the race, the issues, the office, if I see “R” on the ballot, the “opposition” gets my vote. AUTOMATICALLY

Spike
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Spike

KARL ROVE? The biggest dirty tricks “bagadoosh” since Roger Stone and Lee Atwater? This is “weapons-grade” grifting

Thomas
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Thomas

Par for the course and he knows all about the course

Joe
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The man has no right interfering in anyone’s business. As far as where are the spineless Republicans as Trump to bend over and look where the sun don’t shine