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Trump Quietly Nominates Candidates to Replace Fired US Attorneys – Almost All Are White, All but One Are Men

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Administration Says Nominees Share Trump’s Vision of ‘Making America Safe Again’

Shortly after taking office, President Trump, through Attorney General Jeff Sessions, fired all U.S. Attorneys hired by President Barack Obama. For many months these key positions have remained open, but the Trump White House has quietly, finally, been nominating their replacements. Almost all are white men.

There are 93 U.S. Attorney offices. The Trump administration has so far nominated 42 individuals, including nine on Friday

Of the 42, 41 are men, 40 are white men. One nominee is a woman of Chinese-American descent. One man is African-American.Â

Trump waited until June to nominate his first set of U.S. Attorneys. Eight in total, seven were men. Jessie Liu was the only woman.Â

Late last month Voice of America reported Trump had nominated a total of 33 candidates: 32 men and one woman. Friday brings the count to 42: 41 men and one woman.

“Among Trump’s 33 nominees, all but three are white men,” VOA noted the list included just “one Chinese-American and one African-American.”

That does not appear to have changed.

President Trump, in what has been called a “virtually unheard of” meeting, was personally part of the interviewing process of the only woman nominee, Jessie Liu.

“President Donald Trump has nominated a slew of prospective federal prosecutors to fill top US attorney seats across the nation, but personally met with one prior to her selection in June,” CNN reported in July, “a move some former Justice Department and White House sources say sharply departs from past practice and more generally is at odds with the understood custom of insulating US attorneys from political influence.”

While no one is questioning the competence of Trump’s nominees, some are questioning the clear lack of diversity.

Former U.S. attorney from Alabama, Joyce White Vance, told VOA, “I’d hate to second guess the individual nominees and think that they’re good people and good choices, but it’s discouraging across the board as a group to see the fact that there is no diversity.”

VOA adds that President “Obama’s U.S. attorneys were a diverse group. There were 24 female U.S. attorneys when Obama left the White House in January.”

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Watch: Fox News’ Peter Doocy Admits There Are Republicans ‘That Don’t Agree With Voting Rights’

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White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki ended the week with yet another smack down of Peter Doocy, as the Fox News reporter admitted there are Republicans who “don’t agree with voting rights.”

“As you talked about a year ago and working with Republicans, now [President Biden] is talking about Republicans that don’t agree with voting rights,” Doocy complained, “he’s describing them as George Wallace, Bull Connor, and Jefferson Davis. What happened to the guy who, when he was elected said: ‘To make progress me must stop treating our opponents as our enemy’?”

Doocy was referring to President Joe Biden’s widely praised speech in support of voting rights earlier this week, referencing civil rights icons and their infamous white supremacist and segregationist opponents.

“Do you want to be on the side of Dr. King or George Wallace?” Biden asked, to the anger of many conservatives. “Do you want to be on the side of John Lewis or Bull Connor?  Do you want to be on the side of Abraham Lincoln or Jefferson Davis? This is the moment to decide to defend our elections, to defend our democracy.”

Psaki as usual was prepared to respond – suggesting Doocy was not “speaking on the level.”

“I think everybody listening to that speech, who’s speaking on the level, as my mother would say, would note that he was not comparing them as humans. He was comparing the choice to those figures in history and where they’re going to position themselves, if they as it – as they determine whether they’re going to support the fundamental right to vote or not.”

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‘This Is Insane’: Republican Blasts RNC for Saying GOP Candidates Must Agree to Ban on Presidential Debates

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For nearly four decades the Commission on Presidential Debates has managed and organized every presidential debate, but the Republican National Committee has just announced it will ban any GOP candidate from participating in any debate the Commission holds.

The New York Times reports the RNC is preparing to require any GOP candidate seeking that party’s nomination for President to “sign a pledge to not participate in any debates sponsored by the Commission.”

Republican U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois weighed in Thursday afternoon.

“This is insane,” he said on Twitter. “Why,” he asked.

The Commission on Presidential Debates is a bipartisan nonprofit created jointly by the chairs of both the Democratic Party and the Republican Party in 1987, and has run every debate held since.

But first candidate and then President Donald Trump has railed against the Commission, refusing to participate during the second presidential debate because it was going to be held virtually, because of the coronavirus pandemic. He and his officials have also accused the Commission of being unfair and biased against him.

The RNC appears to be preparing for another Trump run. It is still engaged in a multi-million dollar fundraising agreement with the former President, including paying some of his legal bills.

 

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Kayleigh McEnany Meets With January 6 Committee: CNN

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Former Trump White House and campaign press secretary Kayleigh McEnany has appeared before the House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack.

CNN reports the meeting took place virtually.

McEnany, now a Fox News contributor, was one of ten former Trump officials “with close ties to the former president” subpoenaed by the Committee two months ago, on November 9.

According to a press release from the Committee, McEnany “made multiple public statements from the White House and elsewhere about purported fraud in the November 2020 election. For example, in the first White House press conference after the election, Ms. McEnany claimed that there were ‘very real claims’ of fraud that the former President’s reelection campaign was pursuing, and said that mail-in voting was something that ‘we have identified as being particularly prone to fraud.’ At another press conference, Ms. McEnany accused Democrats of ‘welcoming fraud’ and ‘welcoming illegal voting.’ In addition, Ms. McEnany was reportedly present at times with the former President as he watched the January 6th attack.”

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