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Post by RTH10260 » Wed May 22, 2019 1:56 pm

Mick Mulvaney aims to install ally as head of legislative affairs which could give him more control of agenda

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Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and his advisors are looking to install a top ally to become the head of the administration’s legislative affairs office.
“I know its going to be a Mick person,” a source who was in the White House in recent days told CNBC. “Everyone over there keeps saying ‘its going to be another Mick person,’” this person added.
One of the people being pushed to succeed Knight is a former OMB advisor who has since become a lobbyist at Harbinger Strategies.


President Donald Trump’s acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, and his closest advisors are looking to install an ally atop the White House Office of Legislative Affairs, CNBC has learned.

Mulvaney has signaled he’d like to see someone who’s worked with him at the Office of Management and Budget to succeed the departing Shahira Knight, according to people familiar with the matter. Mulvaney has continued to be the director of OMB while managing the staff at the White House.

For Mulvaney, having someone he trusts as the new head of the legislative team could allow him to be directly involved with negotiating and passing critical pieces of legislation throughout the rest of the president’s time in office.


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Post by tek » Wed May 22, 2019 6:02 pm

Not surprising.

The only silver lining is that EVERYONE on Capitol Hill HATES Mulvaney.

And Sen Kennedy was just on teevee saying Senate leadership needs to let most of the house bills be brought to the floor of the Senate..

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Post by Addie » Thu May 23, 2019 7:06 am

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USDA relocates economists whose work challenges Trump policies

Those who examine the impact of tariffs, climate change and taxes on rural America are among employees being reassigned.


The Agriculture Department is moving nearly all its researchers into the economic effects of climate change, trade policy and food stamps – subjects of controversial Trump administration initiatives – outside of Washington, part of what employees claim is a political crackdown on economists whose assessments have raised questions about the president’s policies.

Since last year, employees in the department’s Economic Research Service have awaited news of which members of their agency would be forced to relocate, after Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue stunned them by declaring he was moving most of the agency to a location outside the capital. The announcement sparked claims that Perdue was trying to pressure economists into leaving the agency rather than move their families.

On March 5, the department began notifying people who were allowed to stay in Washington, but didn’t provide a comprehensive list, only telling employees in person if they made the cut.

But current and former employees compiled one anyway, covering all 279 people on staff, 76 of whom are being allowed to stay in Washington.



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Justice.gov/usao-sdny - press release: Bank CEO Stephen M. Calk Charged With Corruptly Soliciting A Presidential Administration Position In Exchange For Approving $16 Million In Loans ...

According to the allegations in the Indictment:[1]

CALK, the Bank, and the Borrower

STEPHEN M. CALK is the chairman and chief executive officer of the “Bank,” a federal savings association headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, with an office in New York, New York. The Bank is owned in its entirety by the “Holding Company,” a Chicago-based bank holding company, and CALK is the chairman, chief executive officer, and owner of approximately 67% of the Holding Company.

The “Borrower” was, at all relevant times, a lobbyist and political consultant. Beginning in or about March 2016, the Borrower held a senior role with a presidential campaign (the “Presidential Campaign”), and from June 2016 through August 2016, he served as chairman of the Presidential Campaign. After the Borrower’s formal role with the Presidential Campaign concluded in or about August 2016, the Borrower continued to be informally involved in the campaign. Beginning in or about November 2016, when the candidate for whom the Borrower had been working was elected President of the United States, the Borrower provided informal input to the presidential transition team (the “Presidential Transition Team”).

The Corrupt Scheme

Between in or about July 2016 and January 2017, CALK engaged in a corrupt scheme to exploit his position as the head of the Bank and the Holding Company in an effort to secure a valuable personal benefit for himself, namely, the Borrower’s assistance in obtaining for CALK a senior position in the presidential administration. During this time period, the Borrower sought millions of dollars in loans from the Bank. CALK understood that the Borrower urgently needed these loans in order to terminate or avoid foreclosure proceedings on multiple properties owned by the Borrower and the Borrower’s family. Further, CALK believed that the Borrower could use his influence with the Presidential Transition Team to assist CALK in obtaining a senior administration position.



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Post by Addie » Sat May 25, 2019 9:12 am

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The Director Of US Citizenship And Immigration Services Is Resigning As Trump Continues His Purge

L. Francis Cissna’s departure is the latest high-profile shake up at the Department of Homeland Security in recent weeks.


L. Francis Cissna, the director of the US Citizenship and Immigration Services, submitted his resignation Friday at the direction of President Trump, according to an email he sent to staff.

“At the request of the President, I submitted my resignation today effective June 1, 2019,” Cissna wrote in the email. “During the past 20 months, every day, I have passionately worked to carry out USCIS’ mission to faithfully administer the nation’s lawful immigration system. We are the agency charged with safeguarding its integrity and promise.”

According to the Washington Post, which first reported the resignation, former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, a well-known firebrand who has, among other things, supported moves to restrict birthright citizenship, is set to replace Cissna.

Cissna’s departure is the latest high-profile shake up at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in recent weeks. It began in early April, when then acting-director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Ronald Vitiello had his nomination to lead the agency withdrawn by Trump. Soon after, then-DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen stepped down, followed by the departure of the acting deputy secretary and chief of staff.



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Post by Addie » Thu May 30, 2019 10:05 am

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Trump purged his immigration chiefs. Filling the jobs is proving difficult.

Mark Morgan didn’t face a lot of competition for his new job as acting director of ICE.


Mark Morgan just took over a job that few people in President Donald Trump’s orbit wanted him to get. It’s also a job few people wanted to take.

On Tuesday, Morgan started as the acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a role he’s expected to take over permanently in the coming weeks. The appointment caps a remarkable political comeback for an Obama-era official who alienated both Border Patrol officials and conservative activists and was even labeled a “disgrace” in a Breitbart op-ed accusing him of “running scared” on immigration enforcement.

Morgan, a former Marine who ran U.S. Border Patrol at the end of the Obama administration, has clawed his way back with a series of Fox News appearances in which he lavished praise on the president, including an early January appearance Trump watched in which Morgan defended Trump's push for a wall along the southern border. "The president is right," Morgan told Fox host Tucker Carlson.

But while the segments won Trump over, Morgan remains an unwelcome figure to some White House allies and to some of the immigration officials he is set to lead. While Morgan’s defenders point to his law enforcement background and say he is respectful and highly capable, the early grumbling about his appointment underscores the intense pressure Trump officials continue to face on the highly politicized issue of immigration. Trump has purged several of his top immigration officials in recent months, saying he wanted to go in a “tougher direction.” But filling those positions with uniformly lauded candidates has proved difficult.



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Post by Addie » Mon Jun 03, 2019 2:27 pm

Reuters: Factbox: Trump administration departures, firings, reassignments



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Post by Kendra » Mon Jun 03, 2019 4:52 pm

RTH10260 wrote:
Mon Jun 03, 2019 4:25 pm
Only the best for this administration...
I love when this stuff hits the fan when DOTUS is out of the country :popcorn:



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Post by Addie » Wed Jun 05, 2019 12:35 pm

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Republicans ready to quash Cuccinelli

The GOP-led Senate is relishing the chance to derail the nomination of Trump’s immigration pick.


Ken Cuccinelli has spent years attacking Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans. Now, it’s time for payback.

President Donald Trump wants Cuccinelli, who most recently led the anti-establishment Senate Conservatives Fund, to be director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. But there may be nobody in Washington whom McConnell and his allies would take more pleasure in defeating, and the bottom line is Cuccinelli has little chance of getting approved for the job, Republican senators said.

“He’s spent a fair amount of his career attacking Republicans in the Senate, so it strikes me as an odd position for him to put himself in to seek Senate confirmation,” said Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, who ran the GOP’s campaign arm for two election cycles. “It’s unlikely he’s going to be confirmed if he is nominated.” ...

The nascent nomination fight is again pitting the president against his own party in Congress. Just this spring, because of strong and very public opposition from Senate Republicans, Trump yanked his two preferred picks for the Federal Reserve’s board of governors before they even had been formally nominated.



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Post by Addie » Mon Jun 10, 2019 7:41 pm

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Homeland Security watchdog retires early after his office was forced to retract ‘feel-good’ audits of disaster response

John V. Kelly, the acting inspector general for the Department of Homeland Security, announced his retirement Monday following revelations that he directed his staff to whitewash audits of the agency’s performance after federal disasters.

Kelly, 64, a career auditor who rose to the top job in 2017, announced his retirement in a brief email Monday morning to hundreds of DHS employees and contractors. ...

Kelly, who had planned to retire after the confirmation of President Trump’s nominee for the position, wrote in an email to The Washington Post that he “accelerated my retirement because I feel it’s in the best interest of the organization and its employees.” ...

Kelly’s announcement follows The Post’s report last week that an internal review found that Kelly overrode auditors who had found problems with the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s response to various disasters.

When teams of auditors flew to local communities to assess how well FEMA was helping residents recover, Kelly — then in charge of the emergency management auditing staff — directed them to ignore most problems, according to the internal review and interviews. Instead, he told them to produce what the staff dubbed “feel-good reports.”



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Homeland Security watchdog retires early after his office was forced to retract ‘feel-good’ audits of disaster response

John V. Kelly, the acting inspector general for the Department of Homeland Security, announced his retirement Monday following revelations that he directed his staff to whitewash audits of the agency’s performance after federal disasters.

Kelly, 64, a career auditor who rose to the top job in 2017, announced his retirement in a brief email Monday morning to hundreds of DHS employees and contractors. ...

Kelly, who had planned to retire after the confirmation of President Trump’s nominee for the position, wrote in an email to The Washington Post that he “accelerated my retirement because I feel it’s in the best interest of the organization and its employees.” ...

Kelly’s announcement follows The Post’s report last week that an internal review found that Kelly overrode auditors who had found problems with the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s response to various disasters.

When teams of auditors flew to local communities to assess how well FEMA was helping residents recover, Kelly — then in charge of the emergency management auditing staff — directed them to ignore most problems, according to the internal review and interviews. Instead, he told them to produce what the staff dubbed “feel-good reports.”
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Post by Addie » Thu Jun 13, 2019 1:49 pm

New York Times
Trump Is Urged to Fire Kellyanne Conway for Hatch Act Violations

WASHINGTON — A federal government agency recommended on Thursday that President Trump fire Kellyanne Conway, his White House counselor, for repeated violations of the law barring partisan politics from the federal workplace.

In a report to Mr. Trump, the agency called Ms. Conway a “repeat offender” of the Hatch Act, which bars federal employees from engaging in campaign politics at work, and said her flagrant defiance of the law justified her dismissal from her White House post.

“Ms. Conway’s violations, if left unpunished, would send a message to all federal employees that they need not abide by the Hatch Act’s restrictions,” the agency said in a statement. “Her actions thus erode the principal foundation of our democratic system — the rule of law.”

The agency, Office of Special Counsel, enforces the Hatch Act. It is not related to the special counsel investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.



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This is a developing story.
What's to develop? The president isn't going to fire Conway.


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Sarah Sanders to leave White House

Sarah Huckabee Sanders will leave her post as White House press secretary at the end of the month, President Trump announced on Thursday.

Sanders’ departure caps off a tumultuous, two-year run as Trump’s top spokesperson, marked by tensions with the White House press corps and the disappearance of the daily briefing. During that time, however, Sanders became one of Trump’s closest aides.

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After 3 1/2 years, our wonderful Sarah Huckabee Sanders will be leaving the White House at the end of the month and going home to the Great State of Arkansas....
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....She is a very special person with extraordinary talents, who has done an incredible job! I hope she decides to run for Governor of Arkansas - she would be fantastic. Sarah, thank you for a job well done!
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Post by Addie » Thu Jun 13, 2019 10:57 pm

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Top WMD Official Quietly Leaves Pentagon

Guy Roberts, the U.S. Defense Department’s top civilian in charge of nuclear, chemical, and biological defense programs, quietly stepped down in April for reasons that remain murky, one of the latest in a series of high-profile exits from the Pentagon over the past six months.

The news of Roberts’s resignation comes on the heels of a report that Owen West, the assistant secretary of defense for special operations and low-intensity conflict, is also leaving his post, to spend more time with his family. The departures leave yet another hole in the Pentagon’s senior leadership, as acting U.S. Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan still waits for President Donald Trump to formally submit his nomination for the permanent job to the Senate. The Pentagon has now been without a permanent leader for nearly six months.

Robert Daigle, the director of the Department of Defense’s Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation office, stepped down in May. Earlier departures in recent months included Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson; Phyllis Bayer, the Navy civilian in charge of energy, environment, and installations, including basing and housing; chief spokesperson Dana White; and Defense Secretary James Mattis himself, to name a few.

When contacted by Foreign Policy, a Pentagon spokesperson declined to provide an explanation for Roberts’s abrupt resignation.



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Senate confirms ex-Air Force General Stilwell as top diplomat for East Asia

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Thursday confirmed former Air Force General David Stilwell to be the State Department’s top diplomat for East Asia, a post that had remained unfilled for more than two years despite major challenges in the region.

The 94-3 Senate vote to approve Stilwell as assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs came nearly eight months after President Donald Trump announced his intention to nominate the former career fighter pilot, who speaks Korean, Chinese and some Japanese, for the job.

The post has been vacant since Daniel Russel stepped down in April 2017, in spite of a major crisis over North Korea’s pursuit of nuclear weapons and worsening relations and a trade war with China, the world’s No. 2 economy and Washington’s main rival in the region. ...

He has since served as director of the China Strategic Focus Group at the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command Headquarters in Hawaii and as an adjunct senior fellow at the East West Center in Honolulu.

Stilwell joined the Air Force in 1980 as a Korean linguist and served in South Korea before earning degrees in Asian studies and the Chinese language.



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Mick Mulvaney fires all 25 members of consumer watchdog’s advisory board

Mick Mulvaney, acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, fired the agency’s 25-member advisory board Wednesday, days after some of its members criticized his leadership of the watchdog agency.

The CFPB said it will revamp the Consumer Advisory Board, known as the CAB, in the fall with all new members.

The panel has traditionally played an influential role in advising the CFPB’s leadership on new regulations and policies. But some members, who include prominent consumer advocates, academics and industry executives, began to complain that Mulvaney was ignoring them and making unwise decisions about the agency’s future.

On Monday, 11 CAB members held a news conference and criticized Mulvaney for, among other things, canceling legally required meetings with the group.

On Wednesday, group members were notified that they were being replaced — and that they could not reapply for spots on the new board.



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Talking Points Memo: Trump Announced Tom Homan As The New ‘Border Czar.’ Homan Says No Thanks.



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Talking Points Memo: Trump Announced Tom Homan As The New ‘Border Czar.’ Homan Says No Thanks.
Published 2 days ago
Former ICE chief Thomas Homan returning to administration as border czar, Trump says

President Trump on Friday said that former Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director Thomas Homan is returning to the administration as a “border czar" -- although Homan said that a decision has not yet been made.

“Tom Homan’s coming back, I would say that would be announced next week except I’d rather announce it now,” Trump said in an interview with “Fox and Friends.” “He’s going to be very much involved with the border, that’s what he really wants to be involved with.”

Trump said that Homan, who was acting director of the enforcement agency until June last year and is currently a Fox News contributor, would be a "border czar." It is unclear what Homan’s exact title and role would be, as a czar is normally an informal term.

“He’ll be a border czar, he’ll be very much involved in the border, he’ll be directly reporting to me, working out of the White House but spending a lot of time at the border,” Trump said. “He’s a good man, he’s a good man.”

Homan later told Fox News that the White House has reached out to him and that there have been discussions -- but that he has not made a decision. <snip>
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WASHINGTON — As the United States faces the longest period in its history without a confirmed secretary of defense, and tensions build over American allegations that Iran is responsible for recent attacks on civilian ships in the Persian Gulf, the man slated to head the Pentagon is facing a protracted FBI investigation that has delayed his Senate hearing until at least next month.

Despite announcing more than a month ago acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan as his pick to get the Pentagon job on a permanent basis, President Trump has yet to formally nominate Shanahan, forcing the Senate Armed Services Committee to postpone a confirmation hearing it had tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, June 18.

Senators were told that the postponement was because the committee had yet to receive documents from the FBI’s background check, according to a staffer for a committee member.

With Shanahan’s confirmation on hold, press reports have questioned his relationship with the president, and the Pentagon has been fielding press queries about his personal life, including a messy divorce that involved an accusation of domestic violence from his ex-wife, who was arrested as part of the dispute. Shanahan did not respond to multiple requests for comment on this story. The Pentagon referred questions to a spokesperson for Shanahan who emphasized the personal nature of the allegations.



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FBI examining 2010 domestic fight involving acting defense secretary Shanahan; accounts differ on aggressor

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The FBI has been examining a violent domestic dispute from nine years ago between acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan and his then-wife as part of a background investigation ahead of his possible confirmation hearing to be President Trump’s permanent defense chief.

The incident, in which Shanahan and his then-wife Kimberley both claimed to the police that they had been punched by the other, did not surface when Trump nominated Shanahan to be the Pentagon’s second-in-command two years ago, or when he was selected to be the interim defense chief this year.

Shanahan said he "never laid a hand on" his former wife. His former wife, who now goes by the name Kimberley Jordinson, said she stands by her account.

The episode could be a potential roadblock for Shanahan if Trump formally nominates him for the secretary’s post, which requires Senate confirmation, because a key lawmaker and Senate aides said it could raise questions about his ability to combat longstanding problems of violence against women in the military. Among the concerns of Sen. Jack Reed, the ranking Democrat on the Armed Services committee, and Senate aides: They were not fully aware of the incident when Shanahan was confirmed for the No. 2 position; and the Senate should have the opportunity to assess whether he was the aggressor or victim and how that could affect his ability to lead the armed forces.


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