The Trump administration is no stranger to officials behaving in unethical ways. But a possible candidate to become the next Chief-of-Staff has taken it to a new level by basically admitting to accepting bribes.

Mick Mulvaney is the Trump administration's budget director and former congressman who is rumored to be the top candidate to become Chief-of-Staff if John Kelly resigns. On Tuesday, Mulvaney basically admitted to accepting bribes from lobbyists.

"We had a hierarchy in my office in Congress," Mulvaney said at the American Bankers Association conference in Washington. “If you’re a lobbyist who never gave us money, I didn’t talk to you. If you’re a lobbyist who gave us money, I might talk to you.”

Mulvaney later said he believes lobbyists swaying the opinions of politicians is an important part of democracy. The New York Times reported, “Mr. Mulvaney said that trying to sway legislators was one of the ‘fundamental underpinnings of our representative democracy. And you have to continue to do it.’”

Of course, most people would actually say this is the exact opposite of democracy, with elected politicians not voting on issues based on the people who put them in power want but rather by whichever lobbyists gave them the most money. 

So just another day of a member of the Trump administration admitting to subverting the democratic process.

(h/t Huffington Post)