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Rosenstein submits resignation letter to Trump

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein submitted his resignation letter to President Trump on Monday, capping roughly two years at the Justice Department.

In a statement, Attorney General William Barr praised Rosenstein for serving the Justice Department "with dedication and distinction" and described Rosenstein's devotion to the department and its employees as "unparalleled."

His last day at the Justice Department will be May 11, according to the letter.

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Trump taps Mark Morgan, former Obama official who supports border wall, to head ICE

President Trump announced his choice as director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on Sunday, tapping a former FBI official who frequently appears on cable news advocating for the president’s immigration policies.

In a tweet, Trump called Mark Morgan, who briefly ran the U.S. Border Patrol under President Barack Obama, “a true believer and an American Patriot. He will do a great job!”

Trump, who has made tougher immigration enforcement a pillar of his presidential campaign and his administration, recently pulled the nomination of his previous choice to run ICE, saying that he wanted to go in “a tougher direction.”

In Morgan, Trump has found a vocal advocate for some of his positions, particularly the construction of a wall on the border with Mexico. Morgan has said such a wall would be an effective way to reduce illegal border crossings.

Trump’s Twitter announcement that Morgan “will be joining the Trump Administration as the head of our hard working men and women of ICE” caught White House aides and Homeland Security officials by surprise. They had not been informed Morgan was Trump’s choice, and at ICE, senior leaders learned of the decision from the president’s tweet, according to two senior administration officials.

After Trump’s morning tweet, it was not immediately clear whether Trump had formally nominated Morgan or was naming him in an acting capacity. He clarified that on Sunday evening with a tweet saying that he was nominating Morgan as director, a post that is subject to Senate confirmation. Trump said that Matthew Albence — who has served as ICE’s acting deputy director and has been leading the agency since early April — would be the agency’s acting director during the confirmation process.

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Post by Addie » Tue May 07, 2019 11:54 am

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Economists quit Trump admin after their studies showed tariffs hurt US farmers: report

Trump administration economists are quitting their jobs, saying they've faced retaliation for publishing reports highlighting how President Trump's tariffs and other trade policies have hurt farmers, Politico reports.

Six economists in the Agriculture Department's (USDA) research branch quit the Trump administration in a single day late last month and more are reportedly planning to leave. The exodus comes after the Economic Research Service (ERS) published findings that painted the new Republican tax law, Trump's trade disputes and other policy decisions as hurting American farmers financially.

A recent report shows a drop in farmers' income by about 50 percent since 2013, and says slightly more than half of farm households have faced negative farm income in recent years, forcing them to rely on other sources of income to support their families.

“The administration didn’t appreciate some of our findings, so this is retaliation to harm the agency and send a message,” an unnamed ERS employee told Politico.
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Politico: Economists flee Agriculture Dept. after feeling punished under Trump

Reports showing farmers hurt by the president’s policies have drawn the ire of top officials.

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New Republic
The Ignoble Afterlife of the Trump Staffer

Is there life after President Donald Trump? Former members of his administration are struggling to find out. The president is burning through subordinates at a far greater clip than any other recent predecessor, with eleven cabinet-level departures so far. In the White House alone, there have been three chiefs of staff, four national security advisors, and six communications directors just in the first two years. Trump has yet to even nominate a replacement for Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis since he resigned in December.

Some of these officials have returned to old jobs in academia or the private sector, distancing themselves from the president without renouncing him in full. Others have gone all-in on the president’s agenda by either joining his re-election campaign or the constellation of super PACs surrounding it. A handful have become apostates from the MAGA faith by getting ignominiously fired or resigning on principle. And some have simply tried to cash in on the experience.

That revolving door between the federal government and private groups trying to curry favor with it is hardly new. But under Trump, it resembles something closer to a down escalator. Instead of obtaining plum positions in Fortune 500 companies or major think tanks, most Trumpworld alumni are working in far less illustrious jobs than their predecessors. Those jobs offer a telling window into the priorities and values of the people he’s hired—and how they’ll influence the country after his presidency eventually ends.

The Washington Post’s Philip Bump documented on Monday where more than three dozen top Trump officials have landed since leaving their government jobs. A common landing spot is the network of Trump-aligned and GOP-friendly political organizations focused on 2020. Katie Walsh, Trump’s first deputy chief of staff, rejoined the Republican National Committee after her 70-day tenure ended in 2017. Bill Shine, his most recent ex-communications director, decamped for a role in the Trump re-election campaign. Conservative media outlets have also scooped up figures like foreign policy adviser Sebastian Gorka and former ICE chief Thomas Homan.

A few of the administration’s most famous figures, including former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, have kept relatively low profiles since Trump ousted them. Others returned to their old jobs. Dina Powell, a former deputy national security advisor, went back to Goldman Sachs after her White House tenure ended last spring. Mattis took up his former civilian gig at Stanford’s Hoover Institution earlier this year.

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U.S. ambassador to Ukraine is recalled after becoming a political target

The Trump administration has recalled the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine abruptly and ahead of her scheduled departure, after she became a target of political attacks by conservative media outlets and Donald Trump Jr. Democrats see her early departure under pressure as the unfair targeting of a career Foreign Service officer by Team Trump.

According to an internal State Department management notice that I obtained, U.S. Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch will leave her post permanently on May 20, with no replacement in place and no nominations to fill that position. “We expect the Department to appoint a long-term Chargé d’Affaires to lead the mission until a new Chief of Mission is nominated and confirmed,” said the notice, which was sent to all mission personnel at the U.S. Embassy in Kiev. Incoming Deputy Chief of Mission Kristina Kvien plans to arrive in Kiev on May 28, and Joseph Pennington will continue to serve as chargé d’affaires and acting deputy chief through the transition period, the notice said.

A State Department spokesman told me, “Yovanovitch is concluding her three-year diplomatic assignment in Kiev in 2019 as planned.” One senior administration official told me that she had been previously scheduled to depart at the beginning of July and that her new May departure was a change in that plan. Another administration official said that Yovanovitch was given a choice whether to stay until July or leave early and she chose to leave early, due to the ongoing political attacks. Yovanovitch did not respond to a direct request for comment. ...

The House Democratic leadership thinks that Yovanovitch’s early departure under pressure is a clear sign that the White House is responding to calls from Trump allies, Trump family members and conservative media sites that have accused Yovanovitch, without firm evidence, of being part of a conspiracy that involves anti-corruption probes in Ukraine and efforts by the Trump team to investigate ties between Ukrainian officials and the Hillary Clinton campaign.

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Top White House telecom adviser David Redl resigns

National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) chief David Redl resigned abruptly from his position on Thursday, officials confirmed.

Redl has been at the helm of the NTIA, the body tasked with advising the Trump administration's telecom policy within the Department of Commerce, since November 2017.

An NTIA spokeswoman said that Diane Rinaldo would be taking over as acting administrator. Rinaldo is a former staffer with the House Intelligence Committee who has been Redl's deputy at NTIA for the past year.
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The NTIA, a federal agency within the Department of Commerce, is the White House’s primary adviser on telecom policy, including broadband access and spectrum.

Michael Platt, the assistant secretary of commerce for legislative and intergovernmental affairs, also resigned from the department, according to [Wilbur] Ross.
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Post by Addie » Thu May 09, 2019 4:42 pm

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Trump to nominate Shanahan to be defense secretary

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will nominate Patrick Shanahan to be his second secretary of defense.

The former Boeing BA, -0.04% executive has been leading the Pentagon as acting secretary since Jan. 1, a highly unusual arrangement for arguably the most sensitive Cabinet position.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said “Shanahan has proven over the last several months that he is beyond qualified to lead the Department of Defense, and he will continue to do an excellent job.”

Shanahan, who is 56, has a depth of experience in the defense industry but little in government.

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Post by RTH10260 » Thu May 09, 2019 5:33 pm

So Bolton and Pompeo try to threaten war on several countries while the new DoD boss will be oblivious as how to run a war :confused: :blackeye:

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Rosenstein leaves Justice after eventful tenure

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who for close to two years oversaw special counsel Robert Mueller's probe at the Department of Justice (DOJ), was praised by colleagues Thursday as a tireless and dedicated public servant, days ahead of his departure from the agency.

During a farewell ceremony, Rosenstein repeatedly praised those serving in the law enforcement arm of the agency. And he cited the need to closely follow the rule of law, and not allow outside influences to impact their application of justice.

“I leave here confident that justice is in good hands,” Rosenstein told the packed crowd of attendees in the Justice Department’s Great Hall. “It’s in your hands.”

The room was filled with notable names from the DOJ, including Attorney General William Barr, former Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI Director Christopher Wray. ...

Neither Mueller nor Trump attended the ceremony. Former White House counsel Don McGahn, a key character in the Mueller report who Democrats want to hear from, was on hand, as was White House counselor Kellyanne Conway.

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Post by Addie » Thu May 09, 2019 9:45 pm

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Trump taps Syracuse University law professor for White House job

President Donald Trump has named a Syracuse University law professor to the post of White House associate counsel.

Tara Helfman, an associate professor at SU’s College of Law, was appointed in April. Helfman, 41, previously served as senior counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice in the Civil Rights Division, beginning in 2017. She is a registered Republican. She earned her law degree from Yale Law School.

Helfman specializes in constitutional law, contracts, international law, and law pertaining to oceans, international waters and coastlines, according to an announcement on SU College of Law’s Facebook page, congratulating the professor on her appointment.

Helfman has earned a reputation as a constitutional scholar with a focus on originalism, the legal theory widely associated with conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

She recently taught at Georgetown University and in a Q-and-A on the college’s website, said she was a Queens native -- a background she shares with Trump.

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RTH10260 wrote:
Thu May 09, 2019 5:33 pm
So Bolton and Pompeo try to threaten war on several countries while the new DoD boss will be oblivious as how to run a war :confused: :blackeye:
Personally, I'm down with a government that doesn't have a lot of people who know how to run a war. That's not the kind of expertise we need to develop in our national leadership.

But that's just me.
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Foggy wrote:
Fri May 10, 2019 7:46 am
RTH10260 wrote:
Thu May 09, 2019 5:33 pm
So Bolton and Pompeo try to threaten war on several countries while the new DoD boss will be oblivious as how to run a war :confused: :blackeye:
Personally, I'm down with a government that doesn't have a lot of people who know how to run a war. That's not the kind of expertise we need to develop in our national leadership.

But that's just me.
My point is that the bad guys will also make my observation and take it into consideration when they see hot air puffed up in D.C.

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:like:
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Post by tek » Fri May 10, 2019 11:43 am

Just because they don't know how to run a war doesn't mean they won't try :(
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Post by Addie » Sat May 11, 2019 2:06 pm

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Barr names acting deputy attorney general in wake of Rosenstein departure

Attorney General Bill Barr on Friday said he named Ed O’Callaghan to temporarily serve as acting deputy attorney general in the wake of Rod Rosenstein’s departure from the Justice Department.

O'Callaghan, who served as Rosenstein’s principal deputy, will be the second in command at the Justice Department until the Senate confirms a new deputy. Jeffrey Rosen has been nominated, but not yet confirmed, for deputy attorney general. ...

Rosenstein, who frequently found himself in the political crosshairs due to his role in the special counsel's Russia probe and whose departure has long been expected, submitted his resignation last month to President Trump, effective May 11.

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Post by Addie » Mon May 13, 2019 9:24 pm

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Former DHS officials blocked Trump plan to arrest thousands of migrants before being ousted: report

Former leadership at the Department of Homeland Security, including then-Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, pushed back on a White House plan for mass arrests of migrants shortly before their ouster, according to the Washington Post.

The Trump administration had planned to arrest thousands of parents and children in 10 major U.S. cities to deter further migrants, the Post reported, citing seven current and former DHS officials. The plan involved fast-tracking immigration court cases and expanding the government’s authority to deport migrants who did not show for their hearings. Arrests of the no-shows would involve coordinated raids of the homes and neighborhoods of parents with children, according to the Post.

Nielsen and then-acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Ronald Vitiello put a stop to the plan, citing lack of preparation by ICE personnel and public relations concerns, according to the Post.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill.

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Post by Addie » Mon May 13, 2019 9:47 pm

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Senior arms control official resigns from State Department, aides say

A top U.S. arms control official and prominent Iran hawk has resigned from the State Department after serving just over a year in the position, said U.S. officials and congressional aides familiar with the decision.

The State Department on Monday did not offer a statement explaining the planned departure of Yleem Poblete, the assistant secretary of state for arms control, verification and compliance.

Her departure, which is expected to take effect in the coming weeks, creates a vacancy as the Trump administration faces major new threats and challenges specifically related to arms control. ...

During her tenure, Poblete clashed with her boss, Undersecretary of State Andrea Thompson, Vice President Pence’s former national security adviser, said the officials and aides familiar with the infighting.

In particular, disagreements surfaced over the State Department’s report on international compliance with arms control accords, the people said.

“The tension over the compliance report has been very real, and [Thompson’s office] is now demanding sign-off much earlier in the clearance process,” said one State Department official, who like others spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss personnel moves.

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Scoop: Top aide to Labor Secretary to depart after clash with White House

Nick Geale, the top aide to Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, is leaving the Trump administration after a clash with White House officials who regarded him as personally difficult and an impediment to President Trump's deregulatory agenda, according to sources with direct knowledge.

Behind the scenes: Senior White House officials — especially within the Domestic Policy Council — have made it clear to Acosta that they're frustrated that, in their view, the Labor Department hasn't been moving quickly or aggressively enough on deregulation. And some have pointed to Geale as the problem. The White House also separately lodged a complaint about Geale.

A source who is close to the president and has direct knowledge of the situation told me: "The pace of change has not been sufficient. [Acosta] tends to be fairly fearful of taking hardline positions. He tends to be solicitous of the unions, often making the argument that that's what the president wants." ...

A Labor Department spokesperson defended the department against White House accusations that it had been slow on deregulation.

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Trump official who sparked uproar over racial comments to leave consumer bureau

A Trump administration official who came under fire for blog posts in which he questioned whether "the n-word" was offensive will leave the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).

Bloomberg Law reported Wednesday that Eric Blankenstein, an associate director at CFPB, will leave the agency in upcoming weeks after it was reported last year that old blog posts he had made questioning prosecution of hate crimes and other controversial posts had caused an uproar at the agency.

Among other missions, the CFPB is tasked with stopping discriminatory lending practices. Veterans of the agency under the Obama administration had publicly questioned whether Blankenstein could be trusted to uphold that mission after the blog posts came to light.

“People are pretty dumbstruck at the moment,” a senior CFPB official told The Hill last year. “This is forcing people to confront what should the bureau be doing in regards to race and [that] the bureau is not a place where we haven't had our own problems in the past.”

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Senate confirms Rosen for No. 2 spot at DOJ

The Senate on Thursday confirmed President Trump's nominee Jeffrey Rosen for the No. 2 spot at the Department of Justice (DOJ).

Senators voted 52-45 on Rosen's nomination to succeed former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, splitting along party lines.

The Senate's vote comes after Rosenstein left the department earlier this month, capping roughly two years in the Trump administration.

The deputy attorney general has typically been a relatively low-profile post but the position was thrown into the spotlight after Rosenstein took over oversight of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe following former Attorney General Jeff Sessions's recusal.

Rosen, who was formally nominated in March, currently serves as deputy secretary of Transportation. He also previously worked in the George W. Bush administration and practiced law at the Kirkland & Ellis law firm.

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A Would-Be Trump Aide’s Demands: A Jet on Call, a Future Cabinet Post and More

Access to a government jet 24 hours a day. An office in the West Wing, plus guaranteed weekends off for family time. And an assurance of being made secretary of homeland security by November.

Those were among a list of 10 conditions that Kris Kobach, the former Kansas secretary of state, has given to the White House if he is to become the administration’s “immigration czar,” a job President Trump has been looking to create to coordinate immigration policy across government agencies. The list was described by three people familiar with it.

Mr. Kobach, who once served as an adviser to the hard-line immigration Sheriff Joe Arpaio and helped write an Arizona law requiring local officials to verify the citizenship of anyone they had “reasonable suspicion” to believe was an unauthorized immigrant, said he would need to be the main television spokesman for the Trump administration on immigration policy. And he said he wanted a guarantee that cabinet secretaries whose portfolios relate to immigration would defer to him, with the president mediating disputes if need be.

The list was submitted by Mr. Kobach in recent weeks as he discussed his interest in the job. Other conditions included having a staff of seven reporting to him, “walk in” privileges to the Oval Office, a security detail if deemed necessary and the title of assistant to the president.

He would need access to the jet, he said, for weekly visits to the border and travel back to Kansas on the weekends. The existence of the list has become known among officials in the Trump administration, some of whom were taken aback by what they regard as its presumptuousness.

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Presumptuous is an understatement. Ye Gods.

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Post by RTH10260 » Mon May 20, 2019 8:49 pm

Only the best for Teh Donald, and only the best for the grifters :shock:

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Post by Volkonski » Tue May 21, 2019 7:59 am

Kobach's list of demands-
1. Office in the West Wing.

2. Walk-in privileges with the president.

3. Assistant to the President rank - at highest pay level for WH senior staff.

4. Staff of 7 people (2 attorneys, 2 research analysts, 1 scheduler, 1 media person, 1 assistant).

5. POTUS sits down individually with Czar and the secretaries of Homeland Security, Defense, Justice, Ag, Interior, and Commerce, and tells each of the Secretaries to follow the directives of the Czar without delay, subject to appeal to the President in cases of disagreement.

6. 24/7 access to either a DHS or DOD jet. Czar must be on the border every week.

7. Ability to spend weekends in KS with family on way from border back to DC, unless POTUS needs Czar elsewhere.

8. Security detail if deemed necessary after security review.

9. Serve as the face of Trump immigration policy - the principal spokesman on television and in the media.

10. Promise that by November 1, 2019, the president will nominate Kris Kobach to be DHS Secretary, unless Kobach wishes to continue in Czar position.
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