OMG. Can you imagine Mark Meadows as chief of staff? It’s just mind boggling!
It does get him out of office, tho. I say he should go for it, let him watch the Trump sausage being made. That has to be the worst job in the world. Good luck to him.
Trump Fires Gordon Sondland Hours After Dismissing Impeachment Witness Alexander Vindman
“I was advised today that the president intends to recall me effective immediately as United States Ambassador to the European Union,” Mr. Sondland said in a statement just hours after Colonel Vindman’s dismissal. He expressed gratitude to Mr. Trump “for having given me the opportunity to serve.”
I hope Sondland donates heavily to 45’s opponents if any party. And I hope his rich friends follow suit.
Given Trump just screwed over the Global Entry status of many of them…
Potential new target for firing…Michael Atkinson, IG- Intelligence
Major cuts to National Security Council staff expected as soon as next week, sources say
National security adviser Robert O’Brien is expected to make major cuts to the National Security Council staff as early as next week, two sources familiar with the matter told CNN.
Some people with knowledge of the impending change previously said once President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial had concluded, O’Brien was expected to oust about a dozen or so officials as part of an effort to streamline the NSC, which critics charge has become too large.
Thread - from Lisa Page to Benjamin Wittes
And another thread from Walter Shaub, former Ethics ‘watchdog’ for the government who resigned just after T’s administration took over.
Jessie Liu, who previously headed the US attorney’s office in Washington, submitted her resignation to the Treasury Department…
The US attorney whose nomination for a top Treasury Department job was yanked because she ran the office that oversaw Roger Stone’s prosecution has resigned, an administration official tells CNN.
Jessie Liu, who previously headed the US attorney’s office in Washington, submitted her resignation to the Treasury Department, effective Wednesday evening. She went to the Treasury Department with the intention of filling a Senate-confirmed position, which is no longer available after her nomination was withdrawn earlier Wednesday, the official said.
Hope comes back to the White House, this time, to work for Kushner.
On the day Liu left, the Justice Department submitted a softer sentencing recommendation for Flynn, who had pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI. The new filing said prosecutors believed probation would be an appropriate sentence for Flynn. They had previously asked that he spend up to six months behind bars.
A similar scenario played out in a more spectacular way in Stone’s this case week. After prosecutors on the case recommended a 7 to 9 year sentence for Stone on Monday, the U.S. attorney’s office abruptly changed course the next day, saying that amount of time would be “excessive” and that Stone should get a lesser sentence.
Stone’s entire prosecution team resigned from the case in protest.
The 180-degree turn came after Trump had tweeted overnight that the proposed sentence was “disgraceful!”
Liu’s office also handled the criminal investigation into former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, who was accused by the Justice Department’s inspector general of lying to investigators. McCabe has not been charged, despite calls by Trump for him to go to prison.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., has called for the Justice Department’s inspector general to investigate what pressure Trump and Barr might have exerted behind the scenes. He said the rule of law "is just being totally perverted to Donald Trump’s own personal desires and needs and it’s a disgrace."
Did a little post about just who Jessie Liu is and what the Trump regime has put her through:
Top intel office lawyer who handled Ukraine whistleblower complaint resigning
The top lawyer for the intelligence community, whose decision to block a whistleblower’s complaint about President Donald Trump and Ukraine from reaching Congress helped jumpstart the impeachment inquiry, is resigning from his post, officials confirmed.
Jason Klitenic, the general counsel for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, will depart early next month, according to an agency spokeswoman. His exit comes as the acting DNI, Joseph Maguire, nears a March 11 deadline to depart as well. Federal law prevents Maguire from serving in an acting capacity beyond that date, meaning a new director must be nominated and confirmed by then, or Trump must pick a new acting official.
A twofer - Klitenic and Maguire, Acting head of DNI will leave on March 11th. T prefers only the ‘acting’ ones…
Pentagon Policy Chief in Ukraine-Aid Case Exits Under Pressure
John Rood has stepped down as the top policy official at the Defense Department, according to two people familiar with the matter.
The senior Pentagon official had faced pressure to resign from key figures who lost confidence in his ability to carry out President Donald Trump’s agenda, according to multiple administration officials who requested anonymity to speak about Rood’s departure.
Rood was under secretary of Defense for policy, a post he held since January 2018. He was the official who certified in May to Congress that Ukraine was eligible to receive $250 million in security assistance. That aid was temporarily blocked by the White House, a decision at the center of Trump’s impeachment.
Per CNN reports that Acting Deputy DNI Andrew Hallman will be resigning. According to Julian Barnes, NYT
From his Press Release
Hallman is responsible for performing the duties and responsibilities of the Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence until the position is filled by a Presidential Appointee confirmed by the Senate. “I am delighted Andrew has joined ODNI as Principal Executive” said Acting DNI Joseph Maguire
In the article re: Russian Meddling
The acting deputy to Mr. Maguire, Andrew P. Hallman, will step down on Friday, officials said, paving the way for Mr. Grenell to put in place his own management team.
Top NSC official Victoria Coates reassigned to Energy Department
Top National Security Council official Victoria Coates is being transferred from the White House to the Department of Energy. Coates has been serving as the deputy assistant to the president and deputy national security adviser for Middle East and North African affairs.
The NSC confirmed her departure in a statement, saying this move has been “in the works for several weeks.” Coates will work as a senior adviser to Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette.
And another one bites the dust.
She is the one the administration questions whether she was the Anonymous source…
The White House is transferring a senior national security aide who fell under suspicion of writing an anonymous insider account of dissent within the Trump administration, the latest of several senior personnel moves stemming from questions of loyalty to President Trump.
Victoria Coates, who was the subject of a whisper campaign that she is the anonymous author of a tell-all book about the Trump administration, is moving from the National Security Council to the Energy Department.
Coates served as deputy national security adviser with a focus on the Middle East and North Africa and will be joining the Department of Energy as senior adviser to Secretary Dan Brouillette.