Transition 2016 and so forth

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Trump is removing US Secret Service director
By Jake Tapper, Evan Perez and Betsy Klein, CNN

Updated 1845 GMT (0245 HKT) April 8, 2019

(CNN)United States Secret Service director Randolph "Tex" Alles is being removed from his position, multiple administration officials tell CNN.

President Donald Trump instructed his acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, to fire Alles. Alles remains in his position as of now but has been asked to leave.

The USSS director was told two weeks ago there would be a transition in leadership and he was asked to stay on until there was a replacement, according to a source close to the director.

Secret Service officials have been caught by surprise with the news and are only finding out through CNN, according to the source.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said later Monday that Trump has picked James M. Murray, a career USSS official, to replace Alles.

"United States Secret Service director Randolph 'Tex' Alles has done a great job at the agency over the last two years, and the President is thankful for his over 40 years of service to the country. Mr. Alles will be leaving shortly and President Trump has selected James M. Murray, a career member of the USSS, to take over as director beginning in May," she said.

A source familiar with the director said his ouster was not related to the recent scrutiny the Secret Service got after a Chinese woman illegally entered the President's Mar-a-Lago club carrying Chinese passports and a flash drive containing malware.


https://edition.cnn.com/2019/04/08/poli ... index.html

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Post by Addie » Mon Apr 08, 2019 3:25 pm

That was my first question :daydream:
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Mon Apr 08, 2019 3:04 pm
Trump is removing US Secret Service director
By Jake Tapper, Evan Perez and Betsy Klein, CNN

A source familiar with the director said his ouster was not related to the recent scrutiny the Secret Service got after a Chinese woman illegally entered the President's Mar-a-Lago club carrying Chinese passports and a flash drive containing malware.


https://edition.cnn.com/2019/04/08/poli ... index.html

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Post by Addie » Mon Apr 08, 2019 4:22 pm

CBS News: Secret Service director, other top Homeland Security officials leaving in overhaul
Mother Jones - Kevin Drum: Quote of the Day: DHS Is On the Chopping Block
Business Insider: A 'near-systematic purge' is happening at the Department of Homeland Security after Secret Service director is reportedly ousted
Slate: Kirstjen Nielsen Wasn’t Cruel and Lawless Enough for Trump. That Doesn’t Exonerate Her.

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Post by Volkonski » Mon Apr 08, 2019 5:17 pm

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CBS says Energy Secretary Rick Perry "appears to be the person who is most confirmable" to become the next DHS secretary. Former Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker is another name being floated http://cbsnews.com/live
hm, yes.. DHS, on the forefront of the most pressing issue facing our great nation (to hear DJT frame it), should be run by the person who can most easily get confirmed. Not by the person who can best solve the crisis.

Proof, once again, that this is all theater. :explode:
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Post by Sam the Centipede » Mon Apr 08, 2019 8:55 pm

tek wrote:
Mon Apr 08, 2019 5:24 pm
Proof, once again, that this is all theater.
I believe the mot du jour is "Shakespearean shitshow".

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Post by Dolly » Tue Apr 09, 2019 12:28 am

Grassley warns Trump is 'pulling the rug out from' under immigration officials

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) on Monday urged President Trump not to dismiss any additional Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials, saying that Trump is "pulling the rug out from" under his immigration officials.

Grassley also told The Washington Post that he is "very, very concerned" amid speculation of a broad purge at DHS.
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The Post, citing department officials, reported that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Lee Cissna and DHS General Counsel John Mitnick could be next to go. The newspaper noted that Trump also recently withdrew the nomination of Ronald Vitiello to be the head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
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Grassley added that he texted White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney to express his concerns about the potential departure of Cissna.

“He didn’t seem to know who I was talking about,” Grassley said, adding that Mulvaney told him he would look into it.
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Grassley also criticized White House senior adviser Stephen Miller, who is especially hawkish on immigration and reportedly urged Trump to pull Vitiello's nomination as ICE director.

“I think it would be hard for him to demonstrate he’s accomplished anything for the president,” Grassley said.
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Post by Tiredretiredlawyer » Tue Apr 09, 2019 9:51 am

Grassley is CONCERNED? NOW? At last? Not about the kids, of course.
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Tiredretiredlawyer wrote:
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Grassley is CONCERNED? NOW? At last? Not about the kids, of course.
He has fits and starts of expressed “concern.”

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Post by RVInit » Tue Apr 09, 2019 11:58 am

I bet a Cabinet full of "acting" directors, handpicked for loyalty can't possibly be a 25th amendment threat. He's gotten to the point of complete paranoia, I'll bet.
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Post by Addie » Tue Apr 09, 2019 9:03 pm

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DHS acting deputy secretary resigns

Claire Grady, acting deputy secretary at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), offered President Trump her resignation Tuesday as the agency finds its upper ranks thinned after a string of departures.

Her exit comes after DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen announced Sunday she was leaving her post. Trump subsequently withdrew his nominee to lead Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the White House announced that Secret Service Director Randolph "Tex" Alles would be departing the agency.

“For the last two years, Claire has served @DHSgov w excellence and distinction. She has been an invaluable asset to DHS – a steady force and a knowledgeable voice,” Nielsen tweeted in announcing Grady’s resignation, adding it will be effective Wednesday.

“Her sound leadership and effective oversight have impacted every DHS office and employee and made us stronger as a Department. Clair has had a remarkable career in public service - 28 years at the Departments of Homeland Security & Defense - that is coming to a close. I am thankful for Claire’s expertise, dedication & friendship & am filled w gratitude for her exemplary service to DHS & to our country," she continued in a series of tweets.

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Post by Addie » Tue Apr 09, 2019 9:20 pm

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The Latest: Acting DHS deputy secretary forced to resign

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and immigration (all times local):

7:45 p.m.

The acting deputy secretary of Homeland Security has been forced to resign amid a staff shakeup spurred by President Donald Trump's growing frustration over the number of Central American migrants crossing the southern border.

Claire Grady resigned Tuesday. She was technically the next in line to replace Kirstjen Nielsen, who resigned Sunday. But Trump chose Kevin McAleenan, the head of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, as acting secretary. That meant Grady had to resign or be fired.

Two officials with direct knowledge of the decision say Grady was forced to resign. The officials were not authorized speak publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

Grady is a longtime civil servant with more than 28 years of experience at the departments of Defense and Homeland Security.

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Post by RTH10260 » Tue Apr 09, 2019 9:57 pm

Addie wrote:
Tue Apr 09, 2019 9:20 pm
Associated Press
The Latest: Acting DHS deputy secretary forced to resign
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Grady is a longtime civil servant with more than 28 years of experience at the departments of Defense and Homeland Security.
There goes the important knowhow down the drain. Reminds me of T.Rex thinning out the State Department.

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Post by Addie » Wed Apr 10, 2019 7:08 am

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There's growing concern about Trump's affinity for 'acting' Cabinet secretaries

Effective Wednesday, the Department of Homeland Security will be led by an acting secretary, Kevin McAleenan. He will join acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, acting U.N. Ambassador Jonathan Cohen, and acting Office of Management and Budget Director Russell Vough in President Trump's Cabinet. When Linda McMahon steps down Friday, the Small Business Administration will have an acting administrator, too.

The FAA, FDA, FEMA, ICE, and Secret Service are among the other agencies with no Senate-confirmed leader, and when McAleenan becomes acting DHS secretary on Wednesday, Customs and Border Protection administrator will be vacant, too. Shanahan, who is under investigation by the inspector general, has been acting defense secretary since Jan. 1, a record tenure for an acting Cabinet-level official, The Wall Street Journal reports. Trump hasn't even nominated a permanent candidate.

Trump seems to prefer this arrangement, telling reporters in January: "I like 'acting.' It gives me more flexibility." But the glut of acting officials in Trump's Cabinet is "prompting concerns from lawmakers in both parties about their accountability to Congress," the Journal reports. Congress isn't alone.

Trump's preference for "acting" appointees, "presumably because unconfirmed appointees are more likely to be loyal to him personally rather than to the Congress or Constitution," is yet "another assault on the law," Max Boot argues at The Washington Post. America's founders specifically "ordered George Washington to send nominations to the Hill at a reasonable pace," New York University professor Paul Light tells The New York Times, because they "rightly worried that presidents might use acting appointees to evade oversight and institutional prerogatives."

For Trump, "the real difference is avoiding Senate confirmation — either because the individuals he wants running these agencies can't be confirmed even by a Republican-controlled Senate, or because he's worried about the kinds of questions they'd have to answer and or concessions they'd have to make in order to be confirmed," adds University of Texas law professor Stephen Vladeck. And Congress, he notes, isn't powerless here.

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Post by pipistrelle » Wed Apr 10, 2019 7:16 am

And Congress, he notes, isn't powerless here.
Mitch doesn't seem to have any problems with this.

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Post by RTH10260 » Wed Apr 10, 2019 11:02 am

pipistrelle wrote:
Wed Apr 10, 2019 7:16 am
And Congress, he notes, isn't powerless here.
Mitch doesn't seem to have any problems with this.
I guess House committees need to take the lead and grill them asap on whatever issues happen in their respective bailywick. Repeatedly. Often.

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Post by Addie » Wed Apr 10, 2019 12:37 pm

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If Trump has his way, this major federal agency is on the way out

The White House is moving to do what no president has accomplished since World War II: eliminate a major federal agency.

If the Trump administration succeeds at dismantling the Office of Personnel Management, the closure could be a blueprint for shuttering other departments as it tries to shrink government.

The agency would be pulled apart and its functions divided among three other departments. An executive order directing parts of the transition by the fall is in the final stages of review, administration officials said, with an announcement by President Trump likely by summer. OPM employees were briefed at a meeting in March.

For Trump, the breakup of the 5,565-employee federal personnel agency would offer a jolt of bureaucratic defibrillation to a slow-to-change workforce that the president and his top aides have targeted as a symptom of a sluggish, inefficient government.

The experiment will be closely watched not just on Capitol Hill, but also by other agencies that could be next.

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Post by Volkonski » Wed Apr 10, 2019 1:12 pm

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More institutions being destroyed: The Department of Defense has quietly pulled funding for the Jason Group, a team of academics who have historically tackled some of the most pressing scientific problems on behalf of the U.S. military.
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Trump Pick to Replace Rod Rosenstein Appears Before Senate Committee for Confirmation Hearing

Jeffrey Rosen, President Donald Trump‘s pick to become the next Deputy Attorney General of the United States, is appearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday for his confirmation hearing. If confirmed, he will replace Rod Rosenstein. Rosen is currently the Deputy Transportation Secretary, having been confirmed to that position in 2017.

Before joining the Department of Transportation, Rosen was a partner at the law firm Kirkland & Ellis LLP, where he was also co-head of the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. Prior to that, he served as General Counsel and Senior Policy Advisor for the White House Office of Management and Budget during the George W. Bush administration. Rosen also served as General Counsel in the Department of Transportation.

Rosen worked at Kirkland & Ellis for more than 20 years and was an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center. He has a B.A. from Northwestern University and a J.D. from Harvard.

Rosen’s confirmation hearing takes place as his potential boss, Attorney General William Barr, testifies before a Senate appropriations subcommittee. This is the second day that Barr has faced questions from lawmakers regarding his handling of Special Counsel Robert Mueller‘s Russia report.

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More institutions being destroyed: The Department of Defense has quietly pulled funding for the Jason Group, a team of academics who have historically tackled some of the most pressing scientific problems on behalf of the U.S. military.
https://t.co/o7spied5j9
:like: interesting article at the link!

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Company led by Trump nominee was rife with harassment, including groping and kissing, report says

A federal workplace investigation found rampant sexual harassment and retaliation at AccuWeather, a federal contractor, including groping, touching and kissing of subordinates without consent. AccuWeather’s chief executive at the time of the allegations and investigation, Barry Myers, was tapped by President Trump to lead the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The detailed results of the investigation, not previously reported, were compiled last year by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs and obtained by The Washington Post. It determined that AccuWeather, under Myers, fostered a culture ripe for sexual harassment, turned a blind eye to egregious allegations and retaliated against those who complained.

According to the report, the investigation was prompted by a complaint filed Sept. 6, 2016, alleging a “hostile work environment and termination based on sexual orientation and sex,” followed by myriad other complaints from AccuWeather employees.

“Over two dozen witnesses spanning many different departments and in positions ranging from administrative support to senior management described unlawful sexual harassment that occurred at the company,” the detailed report says. “This sexual harassment was so severe and pervasive, that some female employees resigned.”

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Only the best... :blink:

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