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‘Morally Weak Grifters’: John Kelly Shredded and Accused of ‘Reputation Laundering’ for Praising Trump WH Staffers



John Kelly, President Donald Trump’s former Chief of Staff and Secretary of Homeland Security, is being criticized today after praising the “vast majority” of Trump White House staffers – political appointees who chose to work for this president – as “decent people” who “kept the train from careening off the tracks.”

Kelly’s remarks are part of what is being called a “reputation laundering” article in The Atlantic for several ex-Trump officials.

Trump White House staffers, Kelly laments, “unfortunately paid quite a price … in reputation and future employment. They don’t deserve that. They deserve better than that, because they kept the train from careening off the tracks.”

Washington Post opinion writer Jennifer Rubin, a “Never Trumper,” disagrees with Kelly.

“I see the reputation laundering has begun,” says Tom Nichols, a Project Lincoln senior advisor, international affairs specialist, and professor at the U.S. Naval War College.

Former Director of the Office of Government Ethics, Walter Shaub, responded to the Kelly quote praising White House staffers even more succinctly:

Speaking of reputations, as some have noted, Kelly was instrumental in the Trump child separations policy, oversaw Trump’s Muslim ban, expanded Trump’s deportations, and called some DACA recipients “too lazy to get off their asses.” After exiting the White House he “joined the board of the conglomerate that operates the largest facility for migrant children in the country,” the AP reported. “Some members of Congress have described ‘prison-like’ conditions in the facility in Homestead, Florida.”

Kelly was also blasted after it was revealed he claimed immigrants don’t “assimilate” or “integrate well.”

James McGowan, whose bio says he is a Senior Advisor at the United Nations, offered this salient point:


Ben Rhodes, former Deputy National Security Advisor to President Barack Obama, weighed in:

Journalist David Roberts:



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‘Too Convenient to Be Believable’: Intelligence Experts Dispute Trump DNI Claim ‘Proud Boys’ Emails Really From Iran



Intelligence experts are responding to Wednesday night’s announcement by Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe claiming that election interference emails that appear to from the U.S.-based hate group known as the Proud Boys are actually from Iran.

The emails threaten recipients to vote for President Donald Trump.

Shortly after Ratcliffe announced the emails were designed to harm President Trump, not influence Americans to vote for him, intelligence experts denounced his claims as “too convenient to be believable.”

U.S. Naval War College Professor of International Relations and National Security:

CNN National Security and Legal Analyst, Former Intel Community attorney says “Ratcliffe isn’t a credible actor”:

Former federal prosecutor, NBC News and MSNBC Legal Analyst:

U.S. Congressman Ted Lieu (D-CA) who sits on the Foreign Affairs Committee and is a Colonel in the Air Force Reserves:

Head of Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism’s digital security initiative questions Ratcliffe’s intentions:

Managing Director for National Security at the Center for American Progress. Formerly National Security Council, DOJ, ODNI, NCTC also questioning Ratcliffe’s motives:

On Tuesday The New York Times ran an opinion piece calling Ratcliffe “among the most destructive intelligence officials in U.S. history.” The title: “The Intelligence Director Who Is Undermining Trust and Truth.”

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