Who The Fuck Has Left The Trump Administration


#367

Yes, this could be. Everyone seems really stumped, right? :eyes:

Former Gov. Sanford said that it could be the plane use, and she wanted to resign before the stuff hit the fan for all her private plane use.

Or that if Sen Graham leaves to become the Atty General (when T gets rid of Sessions after the midterms) then she could take his seat.

Or that she wants to leave before all the loss of seats in the mid-terms…and keeps her record clean and on a ‘winning’ front.

Or she’s always been ideologically opposed to T’s policies and she wants to go her own way…She is not really in sync with Sec Pompeo.

Or T chose Dina Powell and wants her to take the Ambassador role.

All reporters are going awaiting leaks from the WH.


#368

@Keaton_James
Interesting theory from John Hudson of WaPo
Click for full thread :point_down:
https://twitter.com/john_hudson/status/1049668803523747840?s=21


#369

New Acting Inspector General of the Interior Department Cabinet member Suzanne Israel Tufts (leaves Housing) to oversee and act as an agency watchdog under Ryan Zinke who has two investigations against him. Unclear if he is will be gone…but could be looking that way.

Some speculation that she could help save Zinke from these investigations…

The White House appears to be replacing the agency watchdog at the Interior Department who is in the midst of two investigations into Secretary Ryan Zinke, drawing criticism from government oversight groups.

In an internal email sent last Friday, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson announced to his staff that after just seven months at the agency, the assistant secretary for administration, Suzanne Israel Tufts, was moving over to the Interior Department to be the acting inspector general. Acting inspectors general do not need Senate confirmation.

But the internal announcement came as news to the Interior Department IG’s office, which said in a statement to NBC News, “The Office of Inspector General has received no official communication about any leadership changes.”

“We are particularly worried that she’s a political appointee without any obvious government oversight experience,” Brian said, referring to Tufts. “And they are sliding her in under the radar of any Senate confirmation process to take over charged investigations into the behavior of the cabinet secretary.


#370

Deputy Interior Inspector General Mary Kendall is let go…fired. Replaced by Tufts.

Suzanne Israel Tufts, was moving over to the Interior Department to be the acting inspector general.

Tufts, a long-time Republican attorney who has worked for multiple New York law firms, would be replacing Deputy Interior Inspector General Mary Kendall.

Kendall has been running the agency’s watchdog investigations and audits team of 265 employees for 10 years.


#371

And as expected Don McGahn is out. His replacement, Patrick Cipollone starts next. McGahn sat behind his boy, Kavanaugh throughout his testimony.

McGahn has been planning to leave the White House, but a source told CNN his departure was expedited after President Donald Trump said Tuesday he had selected Patrick Cipollone as his successor. Cipollone is a seasoned litigator and former Justice Department official who served during President George H.W. Bush’s administration.

A source said McGahn had a 20-minute farewell meeting with Trump Wednesday. The source called it a positive departure but both Trump and McGahn recognized it was time for him to go. The source said McGahn didn’t want to stay on and the President didn’t want him to stay.


#372

WAIT…This auspicious move has been STOPPED by pressure from some Dems, and Mary Kendall will keep her job as Inspector General to Interior Secretary’s Zinke’s misdoings.

Well, that is good news.

The Interior Department’s longtime acting inspector general, whose aggressive investigations have been a thorn in the side of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, will keep her job.

Mary Kendall, the Interior Department’s deputy inspector general, has overseen a record number of investigations of Zinke, including one that concluded the secretary could have avoided spending $12,375 on a charter flight to a hockey team owned by a former campaign contributor.

Ben Carson, Secretary for Housing and Urban Development, told staff in an Oct. 12 email that Suzanne Israel Tufts, a political appointee who serves as assistant secretary of HUD’s Office of Administration, would be leaving the agency to become the acting inspector general at the Interior Department.

The move drew condemnation from Democrats, who termed it retribution against Kendall, who’s served in that capacity for several years.

But Heather Swift, a senior adviser to Zinke, said in a statement Thursday that Kendall remains in her post and there’d never been a decision to move Tufts into the job.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-10-18/interior-department-says-watchdog-gets-to-keep-her-job-after-all


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#373

Maddow’s take on this is spot on . She ties it in to the bigger picture of the Trump administration’s flagrant, relentless corruption. This is Maddow at her finest: engaging, informative, inspiring. If you missed this segment, it’s really worth watching!

P.S. Glad to see that MSNBC is making more RMS clips available for viewing. I watch the show without fail on YouTube TV,* but sometimes I get frustrated when I want to share part of a show with a friend because MSNBC won’t provide the clip online – that seems to be changing bit by bit.

*YouTube TV is different from plain vanilla YouTube. It’s a service like Hulu and is actually pretty good – especially for news and commentary junkies. If you “record” an MSNBC show on their “virtual DVR in the cloud,” you can watch it later and skip through the ads – but, be warned, that’s not true for many of the other networks (NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX, etc.) – on those channels, you sometimes are forced to sit through the ads, even when you’ve “recorded” the program. Basically, I just subscribe to YouTube TV to watch MSNBC so it works for me.


#374

And now Suzanne Israel Tufts has resigned from the federal government. Good. She was originally brought on board by Ben Carson to approve a $31,000 dining table for his office (and as a reward for working on the Trump campaign). She did such a good job enabling corruption at HUD that the powers that be decided she’d be the perfect person to quash the four ongoing investigations into Ryan Zinke’s corruption. She was just in the process of being put in “charge” of those investigations when, thanks to Democrats sounding the alarm, the whole thing backfired (see the Maddow show segment above). Now Tufts is exiting the government completely – probably to avoid more public scrutiny.

A top Trump administration political appointee who just two days ago was on track to lead the Interior Department’s inspector general’s office resigned Friday from the federal government, according to an administration official.

Suzanne Israel Tufts was scheduled to be interviewed Friday morning for another inspector general position elsewhere in the government, according to a person with knowledge of the interview. But she did not show up for the appointment.

Her departure ends a madcap week, as the administration quickly scuttled an arrangement to make Tufts acting Interior watchdog amid media reports and scrutiny from Capitol Hill lawmakers. Tufts did not respond to messages left on her cellphone.


#375

Yes, she did. I am usually tuned in right as it is scheduled, and also DVR it, but good to know that YouTubeTV is the source for getting more clips. I have looked on MSNBC’s Maddow’s Blog etc for video snippets, but you are right, they do not arrive until a day later.

I was looking for other sources where it may crop up…
and found another news aggregator with a SEARCH feature (aside from @Matt super CURRENT STATUS (v1.0) and came across a couple of them, which if you type in search MADDOW, there are a bunch of videos available including the one you listed. I am not sure when it is posted, but it does link to the MSNBC website. The two listed are not at all solely news about current political events, but offer a broad spectrum of stories. I was just interested in seeing that her specific video came up! :man_dancing:

Popurls.com

So much content, and where to go…

Thanks for the tip on YouTubeTV.

:smile:


#376

More departures expected…

The list includes Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, who announced last month that she will depart by the end of the year, with no replacement in line. Trump is widely expected to oust Attorney General Jeff Sessions, whom he has criticized for months. Others who appear most likely to depart, according to administration sources and White House advisers, include Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, a close ally of chief of staff John Kelly.


#377

’Moving day’: White House staffers set to split for 2020 campaign
Trump’s reelection campaign is set to take shape months earlier than Barack Obama’s or George W. Bush’s did.

The first moves could come shortly after next week’s election, when senior Trump aides Bill Stepien, the director of political affairs, and Justin Clark, who oversees the Office of Public Liaison, are expected to take senior roles with the reelection effort, according to two people with knowledge of the plans. Both are heavily involved in the run-up to the midterms and held top positions on Trump’s 2016 campaign.

The list is almost certain to grow. Jessica Ditto, who has served as deputy communications director in the White House and on the Trump campaign, is widely expected to join the 2020 team in a communications role. Cabinet aides with political backgrounds — such as Jason Simmons, a Small Business Administration staffer who ran Trump’s North Carolina effort — are regarded as potential hires.

And on Thursday evening, the Trump campaign alumni group 45 Club is scheduled to meet at Morton’s steakhouse in downtown Washington to discuss how “members can get involved and engaged in 2020 after the midterms,” according to a copy of the invitation.

The coming wave has become known internally as “moving day,” a reference to the third day of a professional golf tournament, when players try to move toward the top of the field. The looming personnel moves provide a window into a White House that has begun looking beyond the midterms to Trump’s battle for four more years.


#378

Here we go… Sessions has been forced out!!

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has resigned at the request of President Trump. The move follows months of Mr. Trump expressing his displeasure with Mr. Sessions in critical tweets.

The abrupt move ended Mr. Sessions’ tumultuous tenure as the nation’s top law-enforcement officer. Throughout, he couldn’t shake Mr. Trump’s displeasure over the special-counsel investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/attorney-general-jeff-sessions-resigns-from-trump-white-house-1541619893


Day 657
#379

Marcia Lee Kelly, a top White House operations official, is leaving, expected to become chief executive of the 2020 Republican convention; Trumo fundraiser Louis DeJoy is the likely finance chairman for the convention
https://t.co/fjLQgCYrln via @WSJ


#380

Looks like they are stacking the deck for T.


#381

President Trump has told advisers he has decided to remove Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, and her departure from the administration is likely to occur in the coming weeks, if not sooner, according to five current and former White House officials.

Will repost more when this becomes final.


#382

The president has also decided to remove Mira Ricardel, the top deputy for national security adviser John Bolton, officials said. A National Security Council spokeswoman declined to comment.

John Kelly has been rumored to be on the chopping block as well. He has been rumored to be on the outs before, I guess we’ll find out if Trump has the courage to fire him this time.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/trump-has-decided-to-remove-homeland-security-secretary-nielsen-1542126979

Some insight from Maggie


#383

If Nielsen goes I would wonder if Kelly would resign or follow soon after.


#384

Melania Trump got her wish when the Trump administration said Wednesday that Deputy National Security Adviser Mira Ricardel was leaving the White House a day after the first lady called for Ricardel to be fired.

“Mira Ricardel will continue to support the president as she departs the White House to transition to a new role within the administration,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Wednesday. “The president is grateful for Ms. Ricardel’s continued service to the American people and her steadfast pursuit of his national security priorities.”


#385

More ‘palace intrigue,’ with Melania calling the shots.

My speculation about why Melania took on that role -

  1. pundits are saying it is because The Donald is in a insane funk (my words) right now and can not handle much.

  2. Power play by Melania…see I can do this and well, trump T. Was Melania really just furious about seating arrangements on the trip to Africa? Probably, and there may have been some leaks coming from Ricardel.

  3. The WH is imploding…:boom:


#386

@dragonfly9 For a guy famous for firing people, he doesn’t seem to actually fire people himself. He’s such a coward he had to have his wife fire Ms. Ricardel.

@SEPTGUY Same goes for Kelly, who usually fires people for Trump. Kelly won’t remove Nielsen for Trump and threatened to quit if somehow she was fired.

At the end of the day it always comes down to maintaining Trump’s faux tough guy image for his base. That’s all he cares about. The only work he has done is crafting this crazy Presidential persona.

He just wants to play the president on TV.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2018/09/25/president-trump-is-afraid-fire-people/?utm_term=.1ae848f25862