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‘Unqualified Trump Loyalist’: Experts Weigh in on Appointment of Stephen Miller Ally to Be Top Lawyer at DHS

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President Donald Trump has installed Chad Mizelle, an attorney tied to top White House advisor Stephen Miller, to run the Dept. of Homeland Security’s Office of the General Counsel. Miller is largely seen as an anti-immigrant extremist and white nationalist. Mizelle has been an attorney for under 10 years, and will now be in charge of 2500 other attorneys, as CNN reports.

An unverified Twitter account under the name of Chad Mizelle, which includes tweets about Cornell University, his alma mater, shows a Chad Mizelle retweeted a Federalist Society tweet quoting attorney Charles Cooper that says: “Requiring complete diversity may well be unconstitutional.” Cooper has represented Jeff Sessions, John Bolton, and John Ashcroft.

Mizelle also retweeted this from Cardinal Timothy Dolan:

CNN reports American Oversight Executive Director Austin Evers “said the qualities the Trump administration values the most are loyalty and an ability to push through its political agenda.”

“By putting a lawyer with little overall experience and no direct experience, it is reasonable to conclude that his qualifications are just those things — loyalty to the President and the ability to carry out Stephen Miller’s agenda,” Evers added.

Mizelle is yet another political appointee who “will be replacing a career official,” CNN adds, noting Mizelle “filled the void left after the previous Senate-confirmed general counsel, John Mitnick, was fired in September — months after Miller wanted him out.”

Former Special Counsel at the Dept. of Defense, Ryan Goodman, calls Mizelle “unqualified and a Trump loyalist.”

The nonpartisan oversight watchdog American Oversight, unsurprisingly – given Mizelle’s ties to Miller – says it is “seeking communications of [DHS Acting Deputy Secretary] Ken Cuccinelli and Chad Mizelle with anti-immigration groups.”

American Immigration Council Policy Counsel Aaron Reichlin-Melnick is expressing concern:

University of Michigan Law asst. professor:

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‘Just Me, Mike’: Pompeo Unabashedly Kicks Off New Year With Religion-Tinged Tribute to Himself – and His ‘Swagger’

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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, long accused of mapping out a 2024 presidential run by using his office for political gain, kicked off the new year with a religion-tinged tribute to himself, and his “swagger,” in a series of tweets.

“My New Year’s Resolution: give the American people the full story about our foreign policy. You may not read it elsewhere,” Pompeo tweeted in the first of more than a dozen tweets from his official U.S. government account.

“We’re so much safer today than four years ago,” tweeted Pompeo, a claim many experts find false. “Over the coming days, I’m going to lay out the mission set, the huge wins, personal stories, and a lot more. Just me, Mike.”

The tweets are clearly meant to position him as the next Republican president, while paying homage to President Donald Trump.

This one disturbing tweet sums up Pompeo. He writes: “I’ve tied our foreign policy back to our noble founding.”

The image is from Pompeo’s 2018 swearing in. At the podium is his mentor, Mary Ann Glendon, an anti-LGBTQ and anti-abortion author and professor whom he would choose one year later to head his “Commission on Unalienable Rights.”

That commission, he promised, would take a “fresh look” at human rights through the lens of “natural law.” Pompeo, a far right religious extremist who “talks about the rapture,” The New York Times has reported, and says the Bible informs everything he does, sees “natural law” as an opportunity to attack LGBTQ people and issues like abortion.

Pompeo here effectively is saying being anti-LGBTQ and anti-abortion is part of America’s “noble founding.”

To be clear, Pompeo is telegraphing what a Pompeo presidency would focus on by including this image of Glendon and his talk of “noble founding.” He has long spoken about far right religious concepts, like the rapture, and claimed America is in a battle to advance Christianity.

From The Times:

Mr. Pompeo talks about the rapture. “We will continue to fight these battles,” he said at a “God and Country Rally” in 2015, because there is a “never-ending struggle” until “the rapture.”

“Be part of it,” he said at the meeting, at the Summit church in Wichita, Kan. “Be in the fight.”

At a speech in Cairo, Pompeo described himself as an “evangelical Christian” and said: “In my office, I keep a Bible open on my desk to remind me of God and his word, and the truth.”

Observers found it remarkable that Mr. Pompeo would open a speech in a majority-Muslim country by highlighting his Christianity. And some critics have pointed out that Mr. Pompeo, before becoming secretary, made us-versus-them statements about Christians and Muslims while talking about terrorism and war.

Pompeo appears to be continuing his tweets, but for now the last two highlight what he calls his “swagger.”

UPDATE: 5:52 PM ET –
Former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance:


Related: Hundreds of Orgs, Political and Religious Leaders Demand Pompeo Abolish His Anti-LGBTQ ‘Commission on Unalienable Rights’

 

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Trump Orders Mnuchin to ‘Stop Negotiating’ on COVID Relief Until After Election – Tells McConnell to Confirm SCOTUS Nom ASAP

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President Donald Trump has just ordered Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin “to stop negotiating until after the election” on a coronavirus relief package for millions of Americans still out of work and finding it increasingly difficult to put food on the tables. Instead, Trump says he has asked Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to work “full time” on getting Judge Amy Coney Barrett confirmed to the Supreme Court before Election Day.

Trump’s strategy is transparent. Latest polls put Joe Biden up to 16 points ahead of Trump nationally. His debate performance almost doubled Biden’s lead, and one poll found in interviewing respondents his contracting coronavirus worsened the results.

The markets tanked on the news, now down 400 points.

“Nancy Pelosi is asking for $2.4 Trillion Dollars to bailout poorly run, high crime, Democrat States, money that is in no way related to COVID-19. We made a very generous offer of $1.6 Trillion Dollars and, as usual, she is not negotiating in good faith,” Trump tweeted.

New: Trump Kills COVID Relief Just Hours After Fed Chair Begs for Package to Help Suffering Women and Minorities

“I am rejecting their request, and looking to the future of our Country. I have instructed my representatives to stop negotiating until after the election when, immediately after I win, we will pass a major Stimulus Bill that focuses on hardworking Americans and Small Business. I have asked [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell not to delay, but to instead focus full time on approving my outstanding nominee to the United States Supreme Court, Amy Coney Barrett. Our Economy is doing very well. The Stock Market is at record levels, JOBS and unemployment also coming back in record numbers. We are leading the World in Economic Recovery, and THE BEST IS YET TO COME!”

Trump presumably is still on powerful corticosteroids.

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Barr to Defend Trump in Rape Accuser E. Jean Carroll’s Defamation Case – Claims POTUS ‘Acting Within Scope’ of His Job

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The Department of Justice under Attorney General Bill Barr has moved to act as President Donald Trump’s attorney in a defamation lawsuit brought by journalist E. Jean Carroll, who says during the 1990’s when he was a private citizen Trump raped her in a Manhattan luxury goods store.

In an unprecedented move the DOJ has filed notice with a federal court that it will now represent the defendant, Donald J. Trump, Bloomberg News reports. Carroll alleges Trump defamed her and is asking the court to force the president to hand over his DNA.

Shockingly, the Dept. of Justice is arguing that Trump was acting within the scope of his job as President of the United States when he defamed Carroll.

“Because President Trump was acting within the scope of his office or employment at the time of the incident out of which the plaintiff’s claim arose, the United States will file a motion to substitute itself for President Trump in this action,” Acting Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Bossert Clark says in the motion.

Representing Carroll is noted attorney Robbie Kaplan, who successfully argued United States v. Windsor, the landmark Supreme Court same-sex marriage case that struck down a major portion of the Defense of Marriage Act.

Carroll took to Twitter Tuesday evening:

UPDATE: 7:47 PM ET –

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