Top GOP Finance Committee Members in Legal or Ethical Trouble ‘Just a Distraction’ Say RNC Chair
GOP Chair Ronna McDaniel struggled to find the right words when asked “what’s been going on” with the Republican finance committee and if President Donald Trump’s attorney Michael Cohen is still a top member of the RNC’s finance leadership team.
On CNN she was asked what is going on with the RNC finance team. The finance chair, Steve Wynn, was forced to resign over dozens of allegations of sexual misconduct. Elliot Broidy was forced to resign after admitting to paying a Playboy Playmate $1.6 million and insisting she have an abortion after impregnating her. And Michael Cohen, a Deputy Finance Vice Chair, is now under serious criminal investigation.
“What does this all say about the culture at the RNC?” Alisyn Camerota asked McDaniel.
“Well… I think… you’re calling three cases – Elliot and Steve resigned,” McDaniel stuttered and stammered. “Obviously, the charges were troubling, we made sure to take swift action,’ she claimed. (Wynn did not step down immediately and McDaniel has steadfastly refused to return the millions he gave to the RNC and GOP candidates.)
McDaniel dismisses concerns about 2 top RNC officials being embroiled in scandal while a 3rd is raided by FBI, says ppl are concerned about paychecks: “Well, I think you are talking about 3 cases…we have hundreds of fundraisers – 500,000 small online donors for this president.” pic.twitter.com/aeTqMVpF0L
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 16, 2018
“I am the key fundraiser, along with the president,” she revealed.
McDaniel went on to point the finger at Democrats, saying “both sides” have people who have committed sexual misconduct. But the DNC’s top finance leaders have not.
“But you know that Alisyn, it’s across party lines. Look at that,” she demanded.
“Is Michael Cohen still a part of the finance committee?” Camerota pressed.
McDaniel says that Cohen retains his position as National Deputy Finance Chairman.
“Michael Cohen has not been charged with anything, he’s under investigation,” she said. “I believe in due process, I’m sure you do too,” McDaniel, who said the same during the Steve Wynn scandal, responded.
“We’ll see what happens,” she said, admitting that “he is distracted.”
Ultimately, she admitted Cohen is still part of the RNC finance team.
WOW — RNC chair McDaniel confirms that Michael Cohen remains a deputy director of the RNC and defends him: "Michael Cohen is under investigation. I believe in due process. I am sure you do, too. We'll see what happens." pic.twitter.com/wcrK7MyAp0
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 16, 2018
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Koch Brothers Issue Trump Dissent as Bannon Reacts His Usual Way
During a three-day GOP retreat in Colorado Springs, the two joined other mega political donors to detract and dissuade from the new Trump norm in D.C.
Charles painted a bleak picture of the road ahead should nothing be done to stop this administration.
“The urge to protect ourselves from change has doomed many countries throughout history,” the 82-year-old industrialist said in a video shown to donors attending the meeting. “This protectionist mind-set has destroyed countless businesses.”
Charles backed Trump stopping the trade fights and immigration policies that have so far only backfired, saying a recession could occur “if it’s severe enough.”
Steve Bannon isn’t appreciating the divisive talk. In fact, he came out with arms flailing after the GOP meeting.
“We can have a theoretical discussion later, OK? This is why they don’t know what it means to win, OK? We don’t have time to have some theoretical discussion and to have their spokesman come out and say the president is divisive,” Bannon said.
Koch spokesman, James Davis, responded.
“We are focused on uniting the country to help remove barriers that are preventing people from reaching the potential,” he said. “Toward that end, we look forward to working with the President Trump, Congress and communities whenever possible to help people improve their lives.”
The Koch brothers announced a new TV ad on Sunday. The title is “Trade Not Aid” and deals with the $12 billion aid to farmers. They spent six figures on creating the video.
There were more than 500 major donors at the meeting in Colorado Springs. In total, they are accountable for at least $100,000 annually each to the Koch network, which includes organizations working on politics, public policy and at the community level on education, recidivism and other issues, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The Koch brothers have vowed to spend $300 million to $400 million to back policies it favors and support candidates in the midterm elections this November.
With so much at stake, the Koch brothers have the potential to reshape the failed GOP framework under Trump’s rule. But will they?
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