EXPOSED: Trump Administration Partners With Outside Right Wingers To Purge “Disloyal” Career Civil Servants

Talking Points Memo reports:

A trove of e-mails obtained by House Democrats reveal efforts by top State Department officials — working hand in hand with the White House, outside conservatives and right-wing media — to sideline and demote career civil servants who are seen as disloyal to President Trump.

The report on the emails set off alarm bells across Washington, D.C. and prompted Democrats on the House Oversight Committee to demand that the State Department hand over records of internal communications on the issue. Department officials have reportedly labeled certain career staffers “troublemaker,” “turncoat” and “Obama/Clinton loyalist” because of their work for past administrations.

But independent watchdog groups tracking the issue tell TPM the problem is not confined to the State Department, citing similar acts of retaliation against career staffers throughout the government.

Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings, who heads the House Committee On Government Oversight, has sent a letter to John Kelly demanding answers.

  • Boreal
    • canoebum

      I prefer the term “regime”. It’s a closer fit. A Presidency? Not by a long shot.

      • Todd20036

        I’ve long since stopped using the term “administration” or the term “presidency” to describe this farce. Regime is a good substitute.

        • Danieruw

          I use “cabal”

      • Kruhn

        I guess Charles Guiteau won in the end. Took him 135 years to get there.

      • David L. Caster

        I’ll be joining you in adopting that terminology.

    • Harveyrabbit

      Complete with it’s own staff of mob lawyers.

      • Nowhereman

        Fortunately he only hires all the best people, so his lawyers are pretty incompetent.

  • Boreal
    • Butch

      I always pictured him selling timeshares out of a conference room at a Holiday Inn somewhere in Florida.

    • EdA

      NOT out of a Ford Focus. Out of a pickup truck never used to pick up anything more substantial than a lawn mower. Once. And of course with a Confederate flag.

      • Snarkaholic

        …and the license plate held on with a (rusty) coat hanger.

      • Nowhereman

        And don’t forget the blue balls hanging from the trailer hitch!

      • I suppose Middle Age Riot picked the brand of car he (?) he regards as the most uncool or something. I agree, a pickup driver would probably be more likely to brag about his kid beating up an honor student.

      • kareemachan

        A Yugo.

      • Danieruw

        With a “Hilary for Prison” sticker as I saw today on my way home from work.

    • That’s so cute that someone thinks he could afford a Ford Focus.

    • olandp

      A BMW 300 series, one step ahead of the re-po guy.

      Ever notice that people driving BMWs have a look on their face like they smell something that really stinks, with the windows all rolled up?

      • Boreal

        They’re mad because BMWs cost a lot to fix and have an inordinate number of repairs according to those folks I know who have owned them.

        • Nic Peterson

          That wasn’t my experience, but there are a couple of tricks to know. Find a decent tech at an off dealership shop for when you go out of warrety. Pay attention to the regularly scheduled maintenance. Pay close attention to rubber bushings, that $75 part is protecting $1500 worth of other parts.

          • Boreal

            I’ll stick with my Toyotas. 3 since 1998 and zero money spent on repairs, just routine maintenance.

          • ColdCountry

            I drive a 17 year old Honda – bought new – and have never done anything but replace the things that normally wear out. It even still has the original exhaust system.

          • The Milkman

            I just traded my 16 year old Accord, a bittersweet moment. If only the first 11 years hadn’t been in Wisconsin, with the accompanying corrosion. Sigh.

          • ColdCountry

            I’m up in Maine, and have repaired a little rust in both rear wheel wells. I’ve now started getting that fluid film undercoating that my mechanic recommended, and so far, no more rust. I had an Accord before this CRV. (Got the CRV because I got a puppy, and it outgrew the Accord.) The Accord was 12 years old, and I sold it for $3000 in 2001. They’re good cars.

      • No, we haven’t and we don’t!

      • Keith D Plane

        I’ve always claimed that there is a special manual in each and every BMW sold. “How to drive like a extra special douche bag when you buy a BMW”

    • SkokieGuy- Helen of Troy (MI)

      With the rear bumper duct taped to the trunk.

      • Claire Wood

        duct tape holding one of the windows together

  • Dayglo

    Purge away, Lil’ Stalin. Your days are numbered.

    • Todd20036

      I love it when you talk dirty

  • fuow

    And this is a surprise just exactly how?
    We didn’t vote in 2010, 2014 and 2016. We are now reaping the rewards of our ‘moral victories’.

    • Dayglo

      Amen to that.

    • Tulle Christensen

      Who is this we? Don’t include me in your non-voting

      • Vista-Cruiser

        Did you volunteer on a Democratic campaign in 2010, 2014, and 2016? Voting is crucial, but it’s not enough any more. Each one of us also needs to persuade others to get out and vote against the Republicans.

        • kareemachan

          I voted, and I’m an independent.

      • JCF

        The Obama Coalition, only a fraction of which showed up in the midterms (and 2016). That’s the “we”.

    • Boreal

      Behold the glorious revolution!

    • Butch

      You know, but actually we did. Trump lost to Clinton by something around 3 million votes and he lost the popular vote by about 10 million if you add in the third party candidates. What needs reforming is the electoral college.

      • Tulle Christensen

        The electoral college needs to go, it brought use two terrible presidents this century already and it is just getting started

        • Todd20036

          And it was created, supposedly, to prevent that

          • Tread

            No, the Electoral College was created to help sustain slavery. It gives states with less voters more power than states with more voters. It was designed to make sure that the northern states couldn’t outvote the southern states:

            At the Philadelphia convention, the visionary Pennsylvanian James Wilson proposed direct national election of the president. But the savvy Virginian James Madison responded that such a system would prove unacceptable to the South: “The right of suffrage was much more diffusive [i.e., extensive] in the Northern than the Southern States; and the latter could have no influence in the election on the score of Negroes.” In other words, in a direct election system, the North would outnumber the South, whose many slaves (more than half a million in all) of course could not vote. But the Electoral College—a prototype of which Madison proposed in this same speech—instead let each southern state count its slaves, albeit with a two-fifths discount, in computing its share of the overall count.

            http://time.com/4558510/electoral-college-history-slavery/

          • Kruhn

            Somewhat true, but also as a compromise between electing the President directly and the Senate electing the President like the then Prime Minister was the leader of the Majority Party in Britain and despite named by the King had to have the Confidence of Parliament. The Electoral College was going to benefit the South because they got a 60% population boost of people that were legally prohibited from voting and were considered property.

        • canoebum

          Getting rid of the EC will be difficult. It might be easier to reform the process of selecting who actually becomes an Elector. It is beyond clear that the Electors in 2016 failed utterly to uphold their Constitutional duty to protect the nation from a dangerous demagogue who is unfit for any public office. Right now, it’s almost entirely party hacks. We need to push it toward public intellectuals, scientists, educators, writers, historians, librarians and a good many ordinary citizens.

          • Tulle Christensen

            I am just repeating what I started saying 35 years ago. The electoral college is inherently an undemocratic system. People use to give me shit for advocating its abolishment back then. Not so much now

          • canoebum

            The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact offers some hope. But if it reaches the 270 mark, it will face heavy challenges in the courts.
            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Popular_Vote_Interstate_Compact

          • Tulle Christensen

            How so? The state is given complete control over awarding the electoral college votes,

          • jeffg166

            The founding father didn’t really trust the public. That’s why they came up with the EC. Twice in my life I’ve seen it fail to do it’s job. First Duyba and now trump.

          • The_Wretched

            The founders were pretty skittish about democracy. They also had Senators being picked by the House.

          • Craig Howell

            No, Senators were originally picked by the State Legislatures. That changed under the 17th Amendment a century ago. Now some wingnuts want to repeal that amendment and go back to making Senators the tools of their Legislatures, all the better to screw the people.

          • Nowhereman

            Or just get rid of it. There is no way to reform it in the manner you put out there. Who gets to decide who sits on it? Presidents should be elected nationally by popular vote, and get the middlemen out of it entirely. Period.

          • Kruhn

            That requires a Constitutional Amendment which pass rarely. A solution would be to expand the membership in the House of Representatives, which was last done in early 20th Century, when US Population was 1/3 the size of the current one.

          • Matt G, Rochester

            But the states choose their electors, andchenges would have to be done in each state.

        • Todd20036

          It would require a constitutional amendment

        • joe ho

          The electoral college can stay. That would take a constitutional amendment. But it can be changed to award votes proportionally, not winner take all.

          • Tulle Christensen

            I know each state decides how the members vote, but still with it if you live in say Wyoming your vote counts for more than if you live in California. So even if done proportionally it is still unfair

            The awarding all the states votes to the popular vote winner is the only thing that works without getting rid of it

          • Butch

            Isn’t there some concern that “proportionally” tends to favor rural areas over urban? I’m not arguing, I’m asking. I thought I had read some stuff along those lines.

          • ZRAinSWVA

            I favor Virginia being ‘winner take all’, ’cause there are three spots of blue in a very large red state that cause Virginia to be ‘purple’ trending blue…

          • Nowhereman

            Yes. It was created to let slave states keep their slaves.

      • joe ho

        lol.

        Registered Voters Who Stayed Home Probably Cost Clinton The Election

        https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/registered-voters-who-stayed-home-probably-cost-clinton-the-election/

        • CanuckDon

          It makes sense if those non-voters were in the key states where Clinton lost but because of the electoral college, millions of non-voters on the coasts didn’t affect the results.

          • joe ho

            Only 70,000 votes spread over WI, MI, PA cost her the EC. So Democratic voters behaving badly was certainly a factor in those key states.

      • Matt G, Rochester

        Actually, the EC performs a useful and necessary function. What needs to be reformed is the arbitrary limit on the size of Congress, specifically the House of Representatives, and the (mis)apportionment that has allowed. Each member of the House should represent, within about 1% variation, the same number of citizens, but due to the artificial 435 seat limit, and stupid apportionment rules, which gives rise to the nearly 100% difference in number of people represented by the most represented state (surprisingly, Rhode Island) and the least (Montana). Most of the coastal states are about 50% under-represented compared to Rhode Island. The true solution is to fix the size of each district at some number of citizens, say 250,000, and expand the House accordingly. This would continue to protect the rights of small states as envisioned by the Founders, without continuing to give them excessive influence.

    • hdtex

      Bullshit

    • Boreal

      You are correct. Those on this thread thinking you are accusing them of not voting are not getting it. Democrats, large numbers of them stayed home in the last 4 elections. It is how we lost the majority in congress, teabaggers were elected and Obama’s agenda stymied. The purists in our own party or the very lazy helped build this mess. There are more of us than them and if we vote we win.

      • Tulle Christensen

        I guess, “We didn’t vote in 2010, 2014 and 2016” means something different to you than to me, It is an insult to those here that did vote. Is it really too hard to type, “Too many Democrats strayed home”?

        • Todd20036

          Better. And even now, too many Bernie bros aren’t owning up to the fact that they played a part in electing Twitler.

          • Snarkaholic

            Well, I hope that every environment-destroying move that Chump makes is a Brutal Bitch Slap in all of their faces!

          • Kruhn

            You know they’ll call you spineless corporatists who does not represent them and an old timer who should step aside, right?

        • Boreal

          He can type what he wants. I share his frustration at the laziness or purity of many democrats in allowing republicans to keep winning. Indeed it is why we are reading threads about and bitching about trump, not because of his voters who are a minority, but because of ours.

          • Tulle Christensen

            Well and insult me, that works to get my support /s

          • Boreal

            I read the same post and did not perceive it as an attack on me personally but as frustration that our party built this by being disengaged.

          • Tulle Christensen

            I consider myself part of “we” I guess you do not

          • Boreal

            ‘We’ are democrats.

          • Nowhereman

            I know, right? Just keep slapping us in the face! That’ll work! It’s also why I’m no longer registered as a democrat. I vote for democrats as a matter of default. (I’ve never voted for a republican in my life.)

          • Matt G, Rochester

            When I lived in the Rethuglican suburbs, I was registered Republican so I could vote in their primary, as there was often no Dem running in November. But I always voted Dem in November, as long as there was one. When I moved into the city, I switched to Dem for my registration. Now I vote to try to have the lesser of two evils not be evil in the first place.

          • joe ho

            lol. Well that’s certainly a mature attitude.

            Your feelings get hurt, so you end up threatening to help the GOP win–ensuring that none of your agenda gets enacted.

            Sadly, that’s the self-defeating, infantile, narcissistic psychological makeup of a significant portion of the left.

        • Nowhereman

          I agree. I’m sick of the old “democrats didn’t vote” theme when in a lot of states, democrats have been the target of a massive voter purge and voter suppression effort by republicans.

      • Ross

        What does voting matter if elections are being stolen?

        2000? WTF?

        2004? Thanks, Diebold!

        2016? Thanks, Russia!

        Until ALL states have paper ballots, we are being fucked.

        • Boreal

          It matters because a few percentage points can overcome their cheating and we can’t change election laws unless we win.

          • Ross

            …and how can we win if Russia is now stealing our elections?

          • Boreal

            Well, we’ve just won quite a few local seats and some congressional seats. That matters when the 2020 redistricting takes place.

        • Tulle Christensen

          You can only steal so many votes, if you can get past that margin you will still win….

          • Ross

            Ahhh, where is it written that ONLY so many votes can be stolen?

            I would bet that Russia thinks otherwise.

      • The_Wretched

        The Dem purists who wanted to keep liberals out of the election depressed the Dem vote.

        • joe ho

          lol. Says the fucktard purist whose conscience was too delicate to vote for that war mongering corporate whore Hillary.

          You need to put on your Che Guevara costume and go play in freeway traffic along with Slurandon and Kremlin Jill.

          You have no credibility.

          • TheSeer

            The abnormally strong resistance to Iraqi War was one of the signs that fascism is coming out of the closet.

      • Joe in PA

        I hate to keep harping on this…but Andy Humm from Gay News (or similar) has been saying something like this for years. VOTE LOCAL. School boards, county commissioners, (and in PA: judges), state reps. PAY ATTENTION. The state houses were overtaken and then gerrymandered to stay that way. We have a long fight ahead of us.

    • Rambie

      You’re singing to the choir here Fuow. Us JMG’ers did vote

    • Nowhereman

      I’ve voted every damn time since I became eligible in 1972. Where I live, my vote is like a fart in the wind. Democrats are outnumbered at least 3 to 1 here.

      • Matt G, Rochester

        My starting date was a little later, ’75, but I have voted every year since. I’ve held my nose and voted for evil every time, as in, the lesser of two evils.

  • Renfield

    O.T. (hopefully not for long):

    “Trump Organization’s real estate partner in India accused of $147 million fraud” and that is at least $147 million. The article says probably more like $200. Now I wonder why the Trump Org would partner with a crooked company in India? Why?

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/trump-organizations-real-estate-partner-in-india-accused-of-147-million-fraud/2018/03/18/0d7ef1fa-1c0e-11e8-98f5-ceecfa8741b6_story.html

    • Todd20036

      Oh that’s chickenfeed. I have more than that in my wallet. Let me know when it’s a real amount of money…

      • BJORN RAGNVALDR

        Hey, big spender, got any love for a broken down old showgirl down on her luck and nothing to show for efforts except a trick hip and no gag reflex?

        • Todd20036

          I like where this is going….

  • Uncle Mark

    Clearly, Trump is so paranoid about the leaks & disloyalty that abound in the White House, that he’s willing to destroy the well-working cogs and machinery that still yet work. Little does he know that his own ignorance, “friends & allies,” and his own words & actions are his own worst enemies

  • clay

    Define “swamp”.

  • If you had an Doubt that they are nazis, this should take care of that.

    • They (meaning Trump) are not that coherent. It’s just a generic authoritarian regime, no ideology necessary.

    • William

      Nobody is being forced to swear a loyalty oath to Trump… yet.

      • -M-

        Except the White House staff. Agency heads and congress people are just ‘encouraged’ to.

      • kareemachan

        But some are being made to sign a NDA…

  • BartmanLA

    If you don’t kiss the ring that Trump is wearing, then you’re out. You know something a despotic dictator might do, just like Putin does, what’s next, “Disappearing” those who have spoken out against Trump? Or actively campaign against administration policy? This shouldn’t be just setting off alarm bells this should be sounding warning sirens from every corner of this country! How long are we going to let this go on??

  • Jay Silversmith

    Tubby thinks the whole of government is there to glorify him and fulfill his every twisted wish after forcing them to sign an NDA. Next, he will decree that every citizen sign an NDA. Wait….someone’s knocking at my door now……

  • Nowhereman

    They will try to purge every government agency including the USPS. Haven’t they every heard that old phrase “Turnabout is fair play?”

  • That’s what fascist dictators do. Oh, and FOAD!

  • DaveMiller135

    Why am I starting to think this Administration won’t end in a flurry of accusations, trials and recriminations, but in actual smoke and fire?

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    At this point, nothing surprises. The real test of the American people will come when, because I believe there’s a real possibility of it happening, Mueller is fired. Will the people stand for it or will they storm the capitol and deal to the administration directly? I don’t think it’s an unreasonable question, because let’s face it, if the people are willing to let that happen without a firm and robust response, then the nation has already surrendered to Putin.

    I realize I may coming across as harsh or hyperbolic, but we here in Canada hate seeing Americans being betrayed, not just by Trump but by those who allow it to go on by turning a blind eye to the treason being committed.

  • The_Wretched

    Loyalty purges are steps on the Road to Gilead.

  • Scott Fitler

    I work for USCIS (Citizenship and Immigration Services) — our top level management has been decimated by a bunch of “early retirements.” Our new Director removed “we recognize the US has always been a nation of immigrants” from our mission statement. And a number of senior positions are being filled by people who have worked for organizations like the Heritage Foundation and Family Research Council. This of course empowers the portion of the rank and file who became immigration officers yet hate immigrants so they do everything they can to deny or delay applications. It’s really disheartening.

    • The_Wretched

      I hope you can stay there long enough to help fix things after this time passes.

      • Scott Fitler

        Oh I will! Part of my duties include administering the Oath of Allegiance to new citizens and I enjoy the natural high that gives me every day. I’m holding out and taking the long view that everything is cyclical and we’ll return to sanity soon. In the interim I have to stomach seeing the presidential photo in every hallway.

        • David L. Caster

          Keep a journal and write in it every day.

          • Craig Howell

            Or take up knitting, a la “A Tale of Two Cities.”

    • Refugay

      Thank you for your service!!!

    • anne marie in philly

      holy shitsnax! REALLY?????

  • Joe in PA

    Sure glad he has plenty-o-money to fight the coming lawsuits. Can you say patently unconstitutional?

  • Jack

    Sounds like a witch hunt.

  • JWC

    What next rounding up these disloyal and have a public hanging in the rose garden

  • TheSeer

    We shall do the same to everyone he appointed. Starting with the illegitimate justice Neil Gorsuch.

  • Mark McGovern

    So, there is a witch hunt.

  • Friday

    Dominionists trying to corrupt and destroy what makes the country run.

  • Michael White

    If one has ever wondered what the goal of the Republicunts is, this is it: utter destruction of our nation for the benefit of the super rich.

  • Galvestonian

    Big similarity to Germany in the 1930’s … purges – how many Republicans have to get flushed before they even do something … you do know that there are quite a few Rethugs that have voiced dis-loyality to the ‘Dear Leader’ — or is it just Democrats ?

  • Mihangel apYrs

    The loyalty of a career civil servant is to the State and the people it serves as defined by the Constitution and the law.

    Only dictatorships demand unquestioning loyalty to the “Leader”

  • witch

    The next president will have to clean up after tRump, poor person

    • Halou

      The next president after Trump will be saddled with a government that is both fatally understaffed and at the same time stacked to the rafters with appointed for-life Trump family loyalists, and to remove them would mean carrying out another equally severe purge. While at the age of 71 now I doubt Donald Trump himself will be in a position to continue ruling the country through his loyalists after his time is up but it may be a mechanism by which his sons and his daughter can do it.

      His attempting to designate mar-a-lago as the Winter White House is a similarly insidious trick, in trying to use his personal property as a replacement to Camp David he is attempting to make it so that all future presidents, their families, their staff and their Secret Service entourages must all at least pay membership fees to the Trumps every year. Either rubbing shoulders with the nation’s influential leaders for the chance to either whisper into their ears, bribe them, or bug the rooms in order to collect Kompromat that can be used to extract increased fees and/or political concessions..
      Or knowing the Trumps they’d do that at the same time as selling the opportunity to do likewise to various hostile foreign regimes, because any opportunity to make money must be taken full advantage of with no regard for laws or principles.

  • coram nobis

    Q. I’ll take Presidential History for $200, Alex.
    A. “What happened when little Donald confused his mommy’s Ex-Lax for chocolate candy.”
    Q. What was the Great Purge?

  • red-diaper-baby 1942

    Didn’t the Justice Department under Bush 43 do something similar? I seem to recollect something to that effect. What is it about these Republicans and their “purges”?

    • Halou

      I recall that Bush proposed something like this, as he did when he first encountered an international treaty he didn’t like that was signed by a previous president not himself, he was taken aside and quietly told why his idea wouldn’t work.
      Trump, too, has been given this lecture but the one who gave it was shortly thereafter dismissed from the White House.

  • DesertSun59

    The coup is occurring in real time and there is NOTHING stopping it. The mid-terms will not be a Blue Tsunami at all. Mark my words.

    • ECarpenter

      Damn. I fear you may be right, that looks possible to me, too.

  • Halou

    Remember when the Republicans threw an absolute hissy fit over the IRS doing it’s job that one time. But it is absolutely acceptable for themselves to pursue discriminatory action against people of a different political colour?

  • Kelly Lape

    How in the name of the Constitution is this not cause for IMMEDIATE Impeachment? God forbid a Democrat pulled this bullshit.

  • ECarpenter

    Teddy Roosevelt reformed the civil service and ended political patronage because it was so corrupt and so bad for the country. They’re trying to reverse a hundred years of keeping the bureaucracy independent of political parties so it’s able to ensure continuity in government.