Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Trump’s New Personnel Chief Tells Cabinet Liasons to Purge Never Trumpers

Civil Service jobs are reknowned for offering job security, that’s considered their greatest perk. But throw all of that bathwater out with the baby in the era of Trump. Nobody is secure in a government post these days unless you’re a Trumpkin, it doesn’t matter how competent you are. As a matter of fact, competence itself is looked upon with suspicion, as an indicator of a good mind, and the only mindset wanted in this mis-administration is one that is tuned to worshiping the Orange God. Trump’s former body man is now in charge of the Presidential Personnel Office and he’s about to shake up a lot of careers. Axios: Johnny McEntee called in White House liaisons from cabinet agencies for an introductory meeting Thursday, in which he asked them to identify political appointees across the U.S. government who are believed to be anti-Trump, three sources familiar with the meeting tell Axios. Behind the scenes: McEntee, a 29-year-old former body man to Trump who was fired in 2018 by then-Chief of Staff John Kelly but recently rehired — and promoted to head the presidential personnel office — foreshadowed sweeping personnel changes across government. But McEntee suggested the most dramatic changes may have to wait until after the November election. Trump has empowered McEntee — whom he considers an absolute loyalist — to purge the “bad people” and “Deep State.” McEntee told staff that those identified as anti-Trump will no longer get promotions by shifting them around agencies. That’s pretty straightforward, isn’t it? If you don’t play ball with Trump, he’ll ruin your career, end of story. There is one story in Washington that needs to end and one only — and that is his.
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Mick Mulvaney once again says the quiet part out loud, Republicans don’t really care...

Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, last prominently seen confessing to Donald Trump's quid pro quo attempt with Ukraine on national television, with the now infamous "get over it," has done it...
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Donald Trump’s new pick for director of national intelligence is absolutely his worst selection...

It’s hard to say that Donald Trump has really excelled at anything. But on the topic of naming the worst possible person to the most sensitive role, he can be genuinely outstanding. Betsy DeVos at...

Jared Kushner Undermines DOJ, Now He’s In Charge Of Pardoning Crooks

Secretary of Everything and all around boy wonder Jared Kushner has embarked on yet another mission for his father-in-law. Now Kushner is in charge of Donald Trump’s new, post-acquittal hobby, flagrant abuse of the pardon power. Who needs the DOJ when you’ve got Jared? If there is one factor which is the hallmark of this mis-administration, it is the desire to do an end run around the professional and empower some know nothing to do a job s/he’s utterly unqualified for, instead. And GOP land approves, apparently. Washington Post: A move by Trump to ramp up the clemency process and seize control from the Justice Department’s Office of the Pardon Attorney would be welcome by criminal-justice advocates, said Mark Holden, former general counsel of Koch Industries, the private company controlled by billionaire industrialist Charles Koch, whose political network worked closely with the White House on legislation to reduce sentences for nonviolent offenders. “I think the shift would be great,” said Holden, who worked with Johnson and the White House to help secure commutations for Munoz, Hall and Negron. “No disrespect intended to the Department of Justice, but having them decide who gets freed after they’re the ones who locked people up with these ridiculous sentences? There seems to be some bias there.” Jared approved of commuting the sentence of Rod Blagojevich, even though both Democrats and Republicans — particularly those in Illinois — denounced the move. But bear in mind, it was Jared’s idea to fire James Comey as well. Jared Kushner is so far the phuque in over his head that he doesn’t know what day it is, but that doesn’t prevent him  from getting on the tube and not only violating the Hatch Act by campaigning for Trump, but peacocking about how Trump has brought “people with fresh perspectives”  to Washington. Fresh, yes. Uninformed, definitely. Stupid? Absolutely. And Jared is the poster child. Several officials familiar with the matter said the White House has been discussing ways to revamp the clemency process for months, amid growing consensus that the role of the Justice Department should be minimized. The White House has been disappointed with the Justice Department’s process, officials said. While the Justice Department has traditionally received clemency petitions, the new process involves direct submission of applicants to the White House Office of American Innovation, which is led by Kushner, according to people familiar with the matter. And if you’re worried about Trump’s cronies and reality TV-types getting pardons ahead of those more deserving, you are not alone. Justice Department officials in the past have worried about how Trump handled pardons. There was so much concern about subversion of the traditional pardon process under Trump that then-Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein instructed the department’s pardon attorney that they reported only to him, the attorney general and the president, a person familiar with the matter said. Rosenstein told the pardon attorney that if anyone else from the White House called and asked for a pardon warrant, the pardon attorney must first seek his approval, the person said. The person said Rosenstein was deeply concerned that well-connected friends and benefactors were getting special access. The issue arose in particular when the White House proposed clemency for Oregon ranchers , and Rosenstein insisted officials first hear from prosecutors on the case, the person […]
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Barr isn’t about to quit, he’s not trying to stop Trump, and he’s not...

Attorney General William Barr has been going public this week, expressing his frustration with Donald Trump. Barr is so upset about Trump placing his stubby vulgarian fingers on the scales of justice that he worries that...
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McConnell, McCarthy, and Graham Condemned for ‘Pathetic’ Defense of AG Barr as ‘Man of...

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Sen. Lindsey Graham, and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy issued a joint statement Tuesday defending Attorney General William Barr as a "man of the highest character and unquestionable integrity"...
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McConnell trolls on Supreme Court vacancies, again

This has been screamingly obvious since forever, or at least since Moscow Mitch McConnell stole a Supreme Court seat from President Barack Obama, but the Senate majority leader has once again confirmed that he...
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John Bolton speaks in public at critical moment… to deliver a commercial for his...

For the first time since House managers asked that he be called as a witness in Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, a call that Senate Republicans immediately shut down, former national security adviser John Bolton...

Who Will Stand Up For The Soul of the Justice Department After Barr?

William Barr’s transgression in the Roger Stone sentencing matter constitutes a watershed moment in Department of Justice history. Prior to this time, the department enjoyed singular respect for it’s nonpartisan and apolitical efforts. Over the weekend, an open letter to former DOJ officials circulated, addressing the fact of how Barr doing Donald Trump’s bidding, and placing that above the integrity of the department constituted a breach of duty requiring Barr’s resignation. As of Sunday night 1,100 signatures had been collected and that doubled to over 2,000 by Monday night. Of equal importance, individual attorneys are coming forward and articulating in no uncertain terms what a blow was dealt to the department by Barr’s unconscionable action. Just Security: Whether or not the stunning Departmental reversal in the Roger Stone sentencing which has now resulted in the withdrawal of all four career prosecutors from the case, (and the Departmental resignation of one) was the result of specific political interference, if you understand the Justice Department, the damage has already been done. The reputation and credibility of the Justice Department has been dealt a significant blow. The job of prosecutors and DOJ attorneys is both to do fair and impartial justice and to appear to have done so. A prosecutor withdraws from a case if and only if she believes she cannot in good conscience proceed. This standard is not met by disagreement, or preference that a decision go a different way. This high threshold is met only when as an officer of the court you cannot stand up and say the words that every Assistant US Attorney beams with pride at saying, I am here on behalf of the United States Justice Department; I represent the United States in this matter. If you cannot stand up and in good conscience advance the position of the Department you have no choice but to withdraw and sometimes to resign altogether. That’s how serious this is. It is a fundamental question of who and whose interests you serve. The fact that four prosecutors have now withdrawn from a case after, at the very least, the appearance of political influence in the matter, has done incalculable harm to the credibility of the Justice Department. The line attorneys who resigned this week earned their name as public servants — because they stood on the front lines and honored their oath. But they shouldn’t stand alone as the conscience of the department. As someone who has served as a career federal prosecutor and in politically appointed posts — I believe political appointees should have the backs of the career professionals and they have their very jobs because they are the ones who are politically accountable. So, while it is a sad day when the career assistant U.S. attorneys stand alone on the line, it is also a sign of the Department’s strength — under significant strain though it may be. Janet Reno hung a portrait of Edward Levi in the Attorney General’s conference room. It was her way of honoring the fact that she was a temporary custodian of a great institution, just as Levi was after Watergate when President Gerald Ford asked him to lead the Justice Department following Nixon’s resignation. Before appointing him, Ford reportedly asked Levi, what he thought the Department needed most in that troubled era. Levi replied: “A […]
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More Than 1,100 Former US Department of Justice Officials Tell William Barr: Resign Now!

More than 1,100 former US Department of Justice officials called on Attorney General William P. Barr on Sunday to step down after he intervened last week to lower the Justice Department’s sentencing recommendation for...

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