Trump Administration

Ex-Surgeon General: Working For Trump Tainted Me

The Washington Post reports: It followed them from Washington to their home in the Indianapolis suburbs. They felt it when he was exploring jobs in academia, where he would receive polite rejections from university officials who worried that someone who served in the administration of the former president would be badly received by their left-leaning student bodies. They felt it …

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Panel Finds Trump Aides Screwed With COVID Reports

Bloomberg News reports: The CDC bowed to the Trump administration’s demands to change the editorial process of its weekly scientific journal after warnings from then health secretary Alex Azar to “get in line,” a House investigation found. The pressure faced by the CDC to change the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report‘s procedures was one of several instances of political interference …

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Steve Mnuchin Interviews With Jan. 6 Committee

ABC News reports: The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol is working to secure testimony from a growing number of officials in former President Donald Trump’s Cabinet, sources familiar with the matter tell ABC News. Trump’s former Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who reportedly discussed the possibility of invoking the 25th Amendment as a vehicle …

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BOOK: Kushner Kept Cancer Diagnosis Secret In WH

The New York Times reports: Jared Kushner, former President Donald J. Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, was diagnosed with thyroid cancer while he was serving in the West Wing, he wrote in an upcoming memoir set to be published next month. “On the morning that I traveled to Texas to attend the opening of a Louis Vuitton factory, White House …

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Deborah Birx To Testify Publicly On “What Went Wrong”

NBC News reports: Deborah Birx, who served as Covid response coordinator under former President Donald Trump, will give her first public testimony about her time in the Trump administration. Birx is scheduled to provide testimony on June 23 at a hearing before the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis, led by Democratic Rep. Jim Clyburn of South Carolina. The …

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Spanish Court Summons Pompeo To Testify On Alleged Trump Admin Plot To Kidnap And Murder Julian Assange

The Daily Beast reports: Donald Trump’s former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has been ordered to appear in a Spanish court to explain a possible U.S. government plot to kidnap and assassinate WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, ABC Spain reports, citing legal sources close to the case. Yahoo News broke the news of the alleged 2017 plot last September, reporting that …

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Court Blocks Release Of US Census “Citizenship” Doc

Law & Crime reports: A federal court on Tuesday ruled that drafts of a letter that was ultimately sent by the U.S. Department of Justice in order to request a citizenship question on the 2020 Census are not public records that can be accessed under the Freedom of Information Act. The original letter, sent by DOJ General Counsel of the …

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Esper: I Stopped US Strikes On Venezuela And Iran

Mediaite reports: According to a transcript of the interview provided by CBS, Esper told correspondent Norah O’Donnell, “it’s important to our country, it’s important to the republic, the American people, that they understand what was going on in this very consequential period — the last year of the Trump administration.” “And to tell the story about things we prevented: really …

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Ex-CDC Chief: Trump Staffers Blocked COVID Briefings

ABC News reports: In closed-door testimony to House investigators released on Friday, Dr. Bob Redfield, former head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said that throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, former President Donald Trump appointees repeatedly blocked his public health experts from briefing the American public. Redfield described, in detail, efforts by the CDC to speak publicly on what …

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CBS News Hires Former Trump Aide Mick Mulvaney

The Hill reports: Mick Mulvaney, a former Republican congressman from South Carolina and top aide to former President Trump, has been hired by CBS News to serve as a contributor, the network announced this week. Mulvaney appeared on CBS’s streaming service for the first time on Tuesday and was asked about President Biden’s recent budget proposal, the framework for which …

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US Paying $2M/Month To Protect Pompeo From Iran

The Associated Press reports: The State Department says it’s paying more than $2 million per month to provide 24-hour security to former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and a former top aide, both of whom face “serious and credible” threats from Iran. The department told Congress in a report that the cost of protecting Pompeo and former Iran envoy Brian …

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US Census: We Undercounted Hispanics And Blacks

Roll Call reports: The 2020 census missed about one in every 20 Hispanic people in the country, according to estimates the Census Bureau released Thursday, following a count rocked by the coronavirus pandemic and Trump administration decisions. Black, Hispanic and Native American residents as well as young children also were undercounted in the census, which double counted the white population, …

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REPORT: Trump’s DHS Withheld Threats Of Capitol Riot

Law & Crime reports: In the waning days of Donald Trump‘s presidency, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) identified specific threats ahead of the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol but didn’t share that intelligence until days after the violent siege, according to a government watchdog report. The DHS Office of Inspector General released its report Tuesday more than a …

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Bill Barr To Publish “Vivid And Forthright” Memoir

ABC News reports: Former Attorney General William P. Barr has a memoir coming out March 8 titled “One Damn Thing After Another,” and billed by his publisher as a “vivid and forthright book” of his time serving two “drastically different” presidents, Donald Trump and George H.W. Bush. One of his most controversial actions involved special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of …

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Memo Cites Trump Admin Screwing With US Census

The New York Times reports: A newly disclosed memorandum citing “unprecedented” meddling by the Trump administration in the 2020 census and circulated among top Census Bureau officials indicates how strongly they sought to resist efforts by the administration to manipulate the count for Republican political gain. The document was shared among three senior executives including Ron S. Jarmin, a deputy …

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TONIGHT: Stephanie Grisham To Meet With Riot Panel

CNN reports: Former White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham will meet Wednesday evening on Capitol Hill with the select committee investigating the January 6 insurrection, according to multiple sources familiar with the meeting. Grisham’s meeting with the committee came after the former White House aide and chief of staff to first lady Melania Trump had a phone call with committee …

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Esper Sues Pentagon For Blocking Parts Of Memoir

The New York Times reports: Former Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper on Sunday sued the agency he once led, accusing officials at the Pentagon of improperly blocking significant portions of an upcoming memoir about his tumultuous tenure under President Donald J. Trump. The allegations by Mr. Esper, whom Mr. Trump fired shortly after losing his re-election bid last November, are …

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House Panel Seeks Interview With Trump’s FDA Head

The Hill reports: The House subcommittee investigating the U.S. response to the coronavirus wants to question Stephen Hahn, former President Trump’s Food and Drug Administration commissioner, about attempts to improperly interfere with the agency’s review of COVID-19 therapeutics and vaccines. The committee on Monday sent a letter to Hahn asking him to sit for an interview on Dec. 16, and …

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REPORT: Pompeo Led Trump Admin Discussions On Kidnapping Or Assassinating Wikileaks’ Julian Assange

Yahoo News reports: In 2017, as Julian Assange began his fifth year holed up in Ecuador’s embassy in London, the CIA plotted to kidnap the WikiLeaks founder, spurring heated debate among Trump administration officials over the legality and practicality of such an operation. Some senior officials inside the CIA and the Trump administration even discussed killing Assange, going so far …

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Pence Op-Ed: Biden Broke Our Deal With The Taliban

From a Wall Street Journal op-ed by Mike Pence: When Mr. Biden became president, he quickly announced that U.S. forces would remain in Afghanistan for an additional four months without a clear reason for doing so. Once Mr. Biden broke the deal, the Taliban launched a major offensive against the Afghan government and seized Kabul. They knew there was no …

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