Secretary of Energy Rick Perry is reportedly quitting the Trump administration next month, and the Internet is having a blast mocking his reasons for leaving – whatever they may be.
Curiously, just one day ago it was widely reported that Secretary Perry, unlike everyone else in the Trump administration, would be happy to cooperate with the House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry. That news came after folks remembered that Perry had traveled to Ukraine, and as Politico noted, “led the U.S. delegation to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s inauguration in May.”
Now his role in that illegal and impeachable extortion scandal is being closely scrutinized.
Politico cites unnamed sources, calling them “three people familiar with his plans” who “requested anonymity to discuss the departure before an official announcement was made.”
“No evidence has emerged that Perry was directly involved with Trump’s attempt to drum up an investigation of his political opponent,” Politico was certain to add.
— Anthony Adragna (@AnthonyAdragna) October 4, 2019
That said, the timing of the news of his expected departure is rather curious, and many on social media were only too happy to mention it.
Rick Perry plans on resigning soon. He wants you to know it is absolutely not because of his work with Ukraine. One more time. It is ABSOLUTELY because of Ukraine.
— Adam Parkhomenko (@AdamParkhomenko) October 3, 2019
It was just announced Rick Perry would work with Congress on the Ukraine probe and one day later it was announced he would resign. Coincidence?
— David Rothkopf (@djrothkopf) October 4, 2019
I refuse to make fun of Rick Perry resigning bc A) it’s hacky, B) it’s been done, and I forget the 3rd thing. https://t.co/G8duiUdhJW
— John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) October 4, 2019
Trump ordered Pence not to attend Zelensky inauguration (sending Rick Perry instead) — a diplomatic slap of a piece with the withholding of aid to strong-arm them into providing (read: concocting) dirt on the Bidens. Petty and nefarious — a Trump cocktail.
— Harry Litman (@harrylitman) October 2, 2019
Hey, Rick Perry is resigning soon!
Remember when Rick Perry authorized the transfer of our nuclear secrets to Saudi Arabia?
Someone in Congress should ask him if Trump ordered him to do that and for what reason…
— Pé Resists (@4everNeverTrump) October 4, 2019
Rick Perry has three reasons for resigning, which means we’ll find out the two he can remember.
— Charlotte Clymer🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) October 3, 2019
Move over Sean Spicer – Rick Perry about to become available for DWTS.https://t.co/hPL8werTLx
— Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈 (@Amy_Siskind) October 4, 2019
…and now news is breaking that Rick Perry is resigning.
Resigning frees him to cooperate without restriction (like Volker).
Another rat flees the Trumptanic and heads straight toward a likely meeting with Congress. https://t.co/8imDaa13QV
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) October 4, 2019
I almost forgot the guy who wanted to get rid of the Dept of Energy is over the Dept of Energy.
One of the funny subtle jokes of the writers this season was putting Rick Perry in charge of nuclear weapons. https://t.co/qKwvduUKUX
— Bakari Sellers (@Bakari_Sellers) October 4, 2019
Didn’t he attend the Ukrainian president’s inauguration in Pence’s place? Hmm…I wonder what he knows and what he said to the Ukrainians
— Topher Spiro (@TopherSpiro) October 3, 2019
The Sean Spicer-Rick Perry face-off on Dancing with the Stars is going to be epic.
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) October 4, 2019
Image by US Dept. of State via Flickr
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Jerry Falwell Jr’s Claim Sharing His Damaging Emails Is a ‘Criminal Conspiracy’ Is ‘Totally Insane’: Legal Expert
Former Federal Prosecutor Says ‘I Don’t Think Any Law Enforcement Agency Is Going to Be Interested in This One’
Jerry Falwell, Jr. is going to have a hard time convincing federal law enforcement authorities to investigate his latest embarrassing scandal, what he is calling the “theft” of his emails. The Liberty University and Liberty School of Law president is labeling the sharing of emails he has not explicitly denied writing a “criminal conspiracy.” Some of those emails, published in the press, are proving increasingly embarrassing.
Read NCRM’s overview of some other recent Falwell, Jr. scandals here.
The incriminating documents show Falwell has made derogatory comments about faculty and staff, including calling one student “emotionally imbalanced and physically retarded,” a group of students who opted to work out at an off-campus gym “social misfits,” and his school’s police chief a “a half-wit” who is “easy to manipulate,” according to an article in Reuters.
That’s in addition to a damaging article Monday in Politico, which detailed Falwell’s “culture of fear” at Liberty, some racy photos, Falwell allegedly partying with his son Trey at a Miami nightclub, and the Christian university president allegedly bragging about the size of his penis to at least one school official.
Falwell on Tuesday, claiming he was the target of an “attempted coup,” said the FBI would be investigating the “theft” of his emails.
“Liberty owns every single one of those emails,” Falwell told the Associated Press in a phone interview. “It’s our property. They were working for us when they used our server. And our policies make it clear every email sent on our server is owned by Liberty and if anybody shares it with anybody outside Liberty, it is theft. And so that’s the underlying crime.”
“The emails are stolen property,” Falwell told CNN, as Talking Points Memo reported, “and the fact that all these people in different states are joining together and sharing stolen emails with the press makes it a criminal conspiracy.”
Former federal prosecutor disagrees
Reuters, which published excerpts of some of Falwell, Jr.’s emails, notes the ones they were given access to were sent from an Earthlink email domain.
The AP reports the FBI is not commenting, but cybercrime expert and former federal prosecutor Nick Akerman is.
Ackerman “said Falwell’s assertion of a criminal conspiracy is ‘totally insane,'” the AP notes. “Akerman said the ex-board members and employees can share emails with reporters as long as they had authorized access to them and didn’t hack into someone else’s account. He said trade secrets are also protected under the law, but Liberty wouldn’t be able to make a case there either.”
“I don’t think any law enforcement agency is going to be interested in this one,” said Akerman, a partner at Dorsey & Whitney.
#SharpieGate: Social Media Explodes With Hilarious Drawings Mocking Trump’s Fake Hurricane Dorian Weather Map
Many across America were astonished that President Donald Trump drew on an official government weather map, apparently with a Sharpie, an expanded range of where Dorian had been projected to travel to avoid admitting he lied about the devastatingly huge hurricane moving into Alabama. Trump’s drawing, which appeared in a press event on national television, clearly was fake.
And yes, the president may have committed an illegal act.
It did, however, inspire #SharpieGate, perhaps one of the funniest Trump scandals in a long time – with many posting to social media their own doctored versions of images that would fit Trump’s altered sense of reality.
The red arrow shows the expanded area Trump doctored:
Here are some other altered photos posted to Twitter that fit Trump’s altered sense of reality:
BREAKING: Trump releases new inauguration photo confirming massive crowd pic.twitter.com/s9BdTx8s7y
— Adam Blickstein (@AdamBlickstein) September 4, 2019
Great minds. pic.twitter.com/GryLuH0Rd7
— Chuck (@ivychat) September 4, 2019
— David B. Landes (@World_ly) September 5, 2019
— Jo (@JoJoFromJerz) September 4, 2019
Trump releases photo to show he’s taller than Obama. pic.twitter.com/U4K7C4MzQI
— Schooley (@Rschooley) September 4, 2019
— Peter Trump (@ShutUpTiff) September 5, 2019
Also, while we’re at it…
Apologies for this too, lamestream media?? pic.twitter.com/lIcrlR3GvW
— Jo (@JoJoFromJerz) September 4, 2019
— Shawn (@AxlWarpshaft01) September 5, 2019
— NoEmptySuits (@NoEmptySuits) September 5, 2019
Latest weather map… pic.twitter.com/HDCjb5jQil
— Bill Harnsberger (@BillinPortland) September 4, 2019
— Mark Novata (@mark_novata) September 4, 2019
— MusicReviewer (@MusicReviewer7) September 5, 2019
— Jason Almenas (@striderno9) September 5, 2019
Trump Officials Fear President’s Fired Personal Assistant May Spill More Serious Secrets
According to a report from the New York Times, White House insiders are afraid that Donald Trump’s fired assistant, Madeleine Westerhout, may seek revenge by spilling more secrets and details about the inner workings of the Oval Office now that she has been booted.
Westerhout was fired on Thursday after it was reported that she gossiped with reporters about Trump’s relationship with his daughters as well as other tidbits of gossip.
Of major concern is that a belief that she may never have signed a nondisclosure agreement (NDA) before taking the job as Trump’s office gatekeeper and secretary.
The report notes that Westerhout, who is not a longtime associate of Trump, was not happy when the president was elected and was recommended for the job by ousted Chief of Staff Reince Priebus.
The Times reports, “Current and former officials also expressed alarm about what information Ms. Westerhout could share down the road, not just about the president, but about her colleagues.”
“Unlike most other officials, Ms. Westerhout was not thought to have signed a nondisclosure agreement, a document that Mr. Trump has frequently used in effort to tamp down on leaks,” the report continues before adding, “At least one publishing house on Friday had discussions about trying to approach Ms. Westerhout for a book, according to one person familiar with the discussions.”
You can read more here.
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