“Let that sink in,” says Matt Schlapp, whose wife is the White House Director of Strategic Communications
The spouse of a senior Trump White House aide declared on Twitter that Special Counsel Robert Mueller “will be gone soon” now that the Senate has confirmed William Barr to be the new Attorney General. Barr was confirmed 54-45 Thursday afternoon and was sworn in by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts early Thursday evening.
Matt Schlapp (photo, right, with President Trump), who is spouse to White House Director of Strategic Communications Mercedes Schlapp, took to Twitter to announce what many are seeing as news that Barr will end the Mueller investigation.
Tomorrow will be the first day that President Trump will have a fully operational confirmed Attorney General. Let that sink in. Mueller will be gone soon.
— Matt Schlapp (@mschlapp) February 14, 2019
Presumably, Schlapp is suggesting that the soon-to-be former Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker was too controversial to end the Mueller investigation, and his predecessor, Jeff Sessions had recused himself so legally he could not dispose of the Russia probe.
Matt Schlapp is a Fox News political contributor who occasionally appears on MSNBC. He is also a conservative lobbyist and the head of the organization that runs the annual far right wing Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).
Former federal prosecutor and a CNN Legal Analyst Renato Mariotti makes clear what Schlapp is implying:
— Renato Mariotti (@renato_mariotti) February 14, 2019
And as some others on social media noted, Schlapp’s tweet is “not an empty threat,” given his spouse’s job in the upper echelons of the Trump White House.
This guy’s wife is the White House Director of Strategic Communications, so it’s not an empty threat… https://t.co/5iQDufBwhC
— Marcus Baram (@mbaram) February 14, 2019
Just a tweet from the husband of the White House’s director of strategic communications https://t.co/bq5jqP4GtL
— Kathryn Watson (@kathrynw5) February 14, 2019
Husband of the White House Director of Strategic Communications suggests the new Attorney General is planning on shutting down Mueller investigation.
The spouse of a senior WH staffer is tweeting about a potential plan to obstruct of justice. https://t.co/rVOJTyVyeU
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) February 14, 2019
Putting these ideas back to back could sure lead to some conclusions. https://t.co/F5Ih2cTLC3
— Aaron Blake (@AaronBlake) February 14, 2019
Many also noted were Barr to fire Mueller, especially at Trump’s urging, it could be obstruction of justice.
Clearly this is the plan that has been relayed to him by his wife who works for the administration. The obstruction of justice and cover up is absolutely real and these people are willing and knowing participants. https://t.co/A7X44rz3W1
— Elle (@elleparis23) February 14, 2019
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Cops Called After COVID-Positive Palin’s Dinner Partner Allegedly Accosts Photographer
Sarah Palin, who is unvaccinated and recently tested positive for COVID-19 three times, was caught dining out in New York City Wednesday evening. A credentialed news photographer was reportedly accosted after he asked her dining companions if they were “concerned” the Republican former governor “tested positive for COVID.”
One man stood up, walked over to the photographer, and according to the website Upper East Site, “roughed up a news photographer filming them dining outdoors.”
Palin, who is in NYC for her defamation case against The New York Times, waved at the photographer, but one of her dinner companions got up and repeatedly asked the journalist, “Are you looking for trouble?” as the video below shows.
“Are you going to hurt –?” the photographer replied, but then the camera shakes as if it had been knocked down, and the video ends.
“The unidentified, large man dining with Palin grabbed the victim’s fingers with both hands, wrenching and twisting them down, slamming the camera to the concrete, the photographer told Upper East Site.”
Police were called and an assault report was filed, Upper East Site reports.
Looks like Sarah Palin’s dinner date wasn’t happy about being filmed. pic.twitter.com/sM8JSBSIZJ
— Ron Filipkowski (@RonFilipkowski) January 28, 2022
Read the entire story here.
Image by Gage Skidmore via Flickr and a CC license
Josh Hawley’s ‘Losing Fight’ Against Biden’s Supreme Court Nominee Mocked by Conservative Strategist
Republicans will be making a political mistake if they seek to go all-in against President Joe Biden’s nomination to replace Stephen Breyer on the U.S. Supreme Court, a top GOP strategist explained on Friday.
Former George W. Bush White House speechwriter Marc Thiessen wrote in The Washington Post that “while Biden now gets to pick a justice, he is powerless to change the court’s ideological makeup.”
“The truth is, while every Supreme Court appointment is consequential, this will be the least consequential appointment in decades. So, Republicans should be gracious in victory, and let Democrats have their day,” he counseled.
His advice runs contrary to the approach of one GOP senator.
“Already, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) is warning that if Biden “chooses to nominate a left wing activist who will bless his campaign against parents, his abuse of the FBI, his refusal to enforce our immigration laws, and his lawless vaccine mandates, expect a major battle in the Senate.” Here’s a better idea: Unless Biden appoints someone obviously unqualified, don’t pick a losing fight,” he wrote. “After all, the confirmation of Biden’s nominee is virtually assured. Sens. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) have supported all of Biden’s judicial nominees, and it is difficult to imagine that they will treat this one differently.”
He urged Republican senators to treat the nominee “graciously.”
Read the full column.
Palm Beach Lawmaker Sues Local Paper Over Attempt to Access Jeffrey Epstein Records
The Palm Beach Post is reporting that the local County Clerk of the Courts is asking the courts to make the paper pay the legal fees he incurred while blocking attempts to access grand jury records related to a 2006 Jeffrey Epstein investigation.
Getting right to the point, the Post’s Jane Musgrave wrote, “Despite insisting he wants the public to know why serial molester Jeffrey Epstein escaped serious punishment 15 years ago, Palm Beach County Clerk of Courts Joe Abruzzo wants to punish The Palm Beach Post for trying to open secret records that could do just that.”
As the report notes, Abruzzo employed the Tampa law firm belonging to Shane Vogt to fight the request at a cost of $32,794 and, in a motion before Circuit Judge Donald Hafele, seeks double that plus additional costs.
At issue are the grand jury transcripts that the Florida lawmaker successfully kept away from the paper.
Explaining the Post’s case, Musgrave wrote, “The newspaper went to court after records showed only one teen was called to testify to the grand jury even though dozens told police Epstein sexually abused them at his Palm Beach mansion.”
“Further, sources familiar with the grand jury proceedings said the 14-year-old girl was vilified by state prosecutors,” she added. “Rather than focus on her claims of abuse, lieutenants for then-State Attorney Barry Krischer quizzed her about her online social media posts where she talked about drinking and boys, they said.”
The report continued, “In court papers, The Post’s attorneys argued that releasing the records would reveal what happened and whether Krischer bowed to pressure from Epstein’s high-octane defense team.”
You can read more here.
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