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Why Was Trump’s Pick and Announcement of Christopher Wray as FBI Director Done in Total Secrecy?

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It Seems Trump May Have Consulted With No One

President Donald Trump sidelined absolutely everyone he should have at least notified, if not consulted with, before announcing Wednesday morning via a tweet he had chosen Christopher Wray to become his nominee to replace Jim Comey as Director of the FBI. 

MSNBC’s Kasie Hunt reports that even the White House Communications Dept. appeared unprepared after Trump made the announcement via Twitter.

More importantly, however, key members of the House – and especially the Senate, who will be tasked with “advice and consent” on his pick – were not told. They admitted to reporters Wednesday morning they, like everyone else, found out via Twitter.

Aside from elements of decorum, which this president has refused to honor, Trump’s decision to not consult with key lawmakers – elected representatives of the people – or even with top White House officials, brings in to question Trump’s motives for keeping this nomination under wraps. 

Remember, this is the same administration that very openly told the press Joe Lieberman was Trump’s top pick just a few weeks ago, to head the FBI. Trump even told reporters himself. (That pick was sidelined by strong bipartisan and internal disapproval.)

Now, nothing.

And the timing is also suspect. 

Why, just hours before the Senate Intelligence Committee began two days of public and private hearings with testimony by top U.S. intelligence officials, and with former FBI Director Jim Comey, who Trump unceremoniously fired, did the President hurriedly make this announcement?

Why has the White House offered no other information about Wray, many hours later?

Was there any vetting of this nominee?

And again, why hide this nominee from top members of the Senate?

The Daily Beast calls it “just the latest instance of President Trump’s senior staffers, particularly his communications and press shop, being cut out of the loop, undermined, and frazzled by their unpredictable boss and his compulsive tweeting habit.”

NBC News Capitol Hill Producer Alex Moe notes some of the key players who were ignored:

NBC News Associate Producer Marianna Sotomayor adds:

MSNBC Producer Kyle Griffin posts a list of important lawmakers not consulted with or even notified: 

Of the six White House and senior administration officials who spoke with The Daily Beast about Wray’s nomination, none said that they were aware of it before Trump’s early morning Tweet in advance,” the Daily Beast adds.

The question now becomes, will Democrats allow a president who is likely under investigation to appoint the next head of the FBI?

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‘Thought They Were the Royal Family’: New Book Reveals How Jared and Ivanka Tried to Force Themselves on Queen Elizabeth II

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Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump tried to push their way into meeting Queen Elizabeth II during a presidential visit, according to a new book.

An excerpt of the forthcoming book, “I’ll Take Your Questions Now,” by Melania Trump’s former chief of staff and former White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham reveals that Donald Trump’s daughter and son-in-law wanted to join the royal meeting, in a serious breach of protocol, but were shut out when they wouldn’t fit into the helicopter, reported the Washington Post.

“I finally figured out what was going on,” Grisham writes. “Jared and Ivanka thought they were the royal family of the United States.”

Grisham’s book is especially harsh to Kushner and his wife, who each held senior White House positions despite a lack of government experience, and reveals Ivanka Trump frequently invoked “my father” during staff meetings and calls Kushner “the Slim Reaper” because he often inserted himself in other people’s projects and left them to take the blame after making a mess.

“I had shared with Mrs. Trump many times my opinion that if we lost reelection in 2020 it would be because of Jared,” Grisham writes. “She didn’t disagree with me.”

Kushner was the twice-impeached one-term president’s “real chief of staff” by the end of the administration and took a leading role in the coronavirus pandemic response, such as dictating much of Trump’s widely criticized first televised address on the pandemic that sent markets reeling and plunged air travel into chaos.

 

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‘No Doubt’ Trump and His Allies Were Staging a ‘Seditious Conspiracy’: Former Harvard Law Professor

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On Monday’s edition of CNN’s “OutFront,” former Harvard Law professor Laurence Tribe broke down how the plan concocted by far-right lawyer John Eastman on behalf of former President Donald Trump to overturn the 2020 election constituted a “seditious conspiracy.”

“I know you call this an attempted coup, not just in the general use of the word that so many have adopted, but in a very specific way. You say Eastman delivered the blueprint,” said anchor Erin Burnett. “Tell me why you now feel so confident that that is exactly the word which describes exactly what it was he was trying to do, and that that was Trump’s intention.”

“Well, there’s no doubt from the information we now have about the meeting that Trump was holding with people like Giuliani and Eastman shortly before the insurrection that we all saw on live television, that they were planning, step by step, to twist arms and pressure people, including building a gallows if necessary with Pence’s name on it, in order to get the vice president to perform a role that the Constitution doesn’t assign the vice president,” said Tribe.

Tribe then went on to cite the specific law that he believes Trump and his allies broke with their actions before and during the Capitol riots.

“It was seditious conspiracy,” he said. “That’s the term that the U.S. Criminal Code uses, 18 U.S. Code section 2384, and then it led to inciting an insurrection. It was all part of a long plan, much more public than most coups that we see.”

Tribe went on to detail how the former president might try to replicate his illegitimate attempt to take power in 2024.

“The back-up plan is to get states to disregard the votes of the people even after the suppression of votes and the counting by people who are partisans if it doesn’t go their way,” he said.

Tribe concluded by warning Americans against complacency, as “we can’t just let that go on while we go over the cliff and destroy our democracy.”

Watch below:

 

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‘Privileged’ Millionaire Joe Manchin Blasted for Claim $3.5 Trillion Jobs Bill Could Create ‘Entitlement Mentality’

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U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) for months has effectively been working to derail President Joe Biden’s agenda, by refusing to eliminate the filibuster and by refusing to support Democrats’ $3.5 trillion jobs bill.

Like many of the wealthiest Americans, the coronavirus pandemic did not hurt Senator Manchin’s net worth. It grew by $1 million from 2018 to 2020, to $8.6 million, leading some on Monday to blast him over remarks he made to reporters Monday about “entitlement mentality” over Biden’s $3.5 trillion jobs, infrastructure, and social spending legislation.

“We’re just concerned about entitlement mentality versus rewarding mentality and then taking care of those who really can’t take care of themselves… there’s so much good stuff in there that we’re still working diligently,” Manchin told reporters, as NBC News’ Sahil Kapur reports.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki noted at Monday’s daily press briefing, 80 percent of Americans support much of the legislation’s critical points.

Many, saying they are tired of Manchin trying to control if not derail the Democratic agenda, are expressing outrage.

 

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