“The subversion of government continues”
In a move denounced by security and legal experts acting Secretary of Defense Chris Miller has ordered the National Security Agency to install Michael Ellis, a Trump loyalist, former chief counsel to GOP Rep. Devin Nunes, and Republican political operative, as the NSA’s top lawyer. The role is a civil service position, not one in which a political nominee is legally allowed to be placed.
Miller ordered the NSA chief, General Paul Nakasone, to install Ellis by Saturday at 6 PM. National security experts were relieved when it appeared Nakasone had refused, but on Sunday The Washington Post and CNN both reported Ellis will be the agency’s general counsel.
“Mr. Ellis accepted his final job offer yesterday afternoon,” the NSA said in a statement Sunday, the Post reports, which is just three days before Trump will no longer be president. “NSA is moving forward with his employment.”
Susan Hennessey, a former Intelligence Community attorney who is now a CNN National Security and Legal Analyst, on Saturday basted the Trump administration’s 11th hour attempt to subvert the process and blasted Ellis himself as
At this point, no one should extend this selection process the benefit of the doubt. By all indication, the Trump admin is violating civil service rules and politicizing an apolitical role. If Ellis is installed tonight, Biden should remove him on Day One. https://t.co/fiiXJC3qK0
— Susan Hennessey (@Susan_Hennessey) January 17, 2021
On Sunday, after news broke that Ellis will be installed, Hennessey noted that he is now “entirely incapable of credibly leading the office or performing the functions of the job.”
The irony of this is that, had this actually been a legitimate and proper selection process (it wasn’t but let’s pretend), Ellis’s participation in this charade renders him entirely incapable of credibly leading the office or performing the functions of the job. https://t.co/TdlS1JqQMB
— Susan Hennessey (@Susan_Hennessey) January 17, 2021
She also suggested Ellis is not qualified:
By the way, I know it seems like a small point, but this is a really difficult, really important job and we have a process to ensure only qualified individuals are in the role *BECAUSE* it is necessary to the national security of the United States.
— Susan Hennessey (@Susan_Hennessey) January 17, 2021
Also on Sunday former SDNY federal prosecutor and former Dept. of Justice Inspector General Michael Bromwich tweeted the “subversion of government continues. No previous lame duck Administration would have attempted something like this. This guy should be terminated on Day 1,” he said, referring to Ellis.
In 2017 Ellis, who worked in the White House Counsel’s office, was responsible leaking intelligence to Rep. Devin Nunes that kicked off Trump’s lies that his “wires” had been “tapped.”
The New York Times reported in March of that year that Ellis leaked “intelligence reports that showed that President Trump and his associates were incidentally swept up in foreign surveillance by American spy agencies.”
Former Dept. of Defense Special Counsel:
4. I have been thinking and concerned about Ellis in positions of power for a long time.
I wrote this in March 2020.👇
"Michael Ellis, a White House lawyer accused of serious ethical misconduct in the Ukraine scandal …"https://t.co/ivU3ZKTGrT
— Ryan Goodman (@rgoodlaw) January 17, 2021
Talking Points Memo founder and publisher Josh Marshall:
Aside from the improper nature of this, Ellis is bad bad news. A key player in the early White House “unmasking” charade anticipated so much White House lawlessness. Biden shld do the right thing and remove him on day one. https://t.co/QvyH5QiBoH
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) January 17, 2021
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Brothers of White Nationalist Congressman Apologize for His False Claim Insurrectionist Was ‘Executed’ by Police
Two brothers of U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) went on national TV Thursday to apologize for his accusation this week that Capitol Police were “lying in wait” and “executed” a Trump insurrectionist, 35-year old QAnon believer Ashli Babbitt, on January 6.
“On behalf of the actual sane members of our family, which is everyone but Paul, we apologize,” they said on CNN, to D.C. Officer Michael Fanone for their brother’s “despicable comments and disgraceful conduct through this whole incident.”
On Tuesday during a hearing on the January 6 insurrection Gosar, a white nationalist, demanded FBI Director Chris Wray release the name of the officer who killed Babbitt. Babbitt was attempting to break into the Speaker’s Lobby, a hallway in the Capitol just outside the House Chamber.
Calling her killing “disturbing,” Gosar told Wray in front of cameras that Babbitt was “executed,” which is false.
“The Capitol Police officer that did that shooting appeared to be hiding, lying in wait and then gave no warning before killing her,” which is also false.
Gosar is one of the leading members of Congress who have promoted Donald Trump’s “big lie,” that the election was stolen from him.
David Gosar, embarrassed brother of Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ):
“On behalf of the actual sane members of our family, which is everyone but Paul, we apologize … to [D.C. Officer Fanone] for his despicable comments and disgraceful conduct through this whole incident.” pic.twitter.com/2mnrRpiiUu
— The Recount (@therecount) June 17, 2021
Watching Biden Meet Putin Was ‘The Real Moment’ Trump Realized He Wasn’t President Anymore: NYT’s Haberman
New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman told CNN on Thursday that former President Donald Trump seems to be finally accepting that he’s no longer president six months after leaving office.
In particular, Haberman said that Trump and his allies came to grips with this fact while watching President Joe Biden meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Switzerland this week.
“This is the event that underscored for people around Trump and the former president himself the fact that he’s not president anymore,” she said. “This was the kind of event on the world stage, getting enormous attention, that he really enjoyed, that he saw as one of the trappings of the office that he thought spoke to a sense of power and strength… it was the real moment of, ‘Oh, someone else is president and not Donald Trump.'”
Host John Berman noted that Trump this week has seemed particularly needy for positive affirmation.
“His organization sent an email around yesterday telling everybody he’s more popular than ever before, he’s the leader of the Republican Party,” Berman said. “It really seems to matter to him.”
Watch the video below.
GOP Congressman Refuses to Shake Hand of Cop Who Saved His Neck on January 6
Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Officer Michael Fanone was one of 140 law enforcement officers injured protecting the U.S. Capitol and members of Congress on January 6. He was so badly beaten he suffered a heart attack fighting Trump’s insurrectionists but he was conscious enough to hear at one point the rioters scream, “Kill him with his own gun!”
On Wednesday, one day after 21 House Republicans voted against a bill to award Congressional gold medals to all the police officers who fought to save lives and democracy on January 6, Officer Fanone was in the U.S. Capitol, and ran into Rep. Andrew Clyde (R-GA).
Congressman Clyde, who sits on the Homeland Security Committee and is one of the 21 who voted against the awards, refused to even shake Officer Fanone’s hand.
Clyde is the lawmaker who falsely compared the rioters and insurrectionists to a “normal tourist visit.”
U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) took to Twitter to make the accusation, which was backed up by Rep. Adam Kinzinger, a Republican.
I just called Officer Fanone and confirmed this story. This is really incredible. Also relayed an interaction he had with another members Chief of Staff that was really incredibly bad and disrespectful. https://t.co/fERYjK6dWg
— Adam Kinzinger (@AdamKinzinger) June 16, 2021
Here’s video of Officer Fanone being attacked by Trump’s insurrectionists:
Officer Michael Fanone could have died on January 6. He was sprayed with chemicals, tased several times, and even beaten with an American flag.
To the politicians who have since downplayed the Capitol attack, Officer Fanone would like a word. pic.twitter.com/2in0rDk8tY
— The Recount (@therecount) April 28, 2021
Here’s Congressman Clyde literally barricading the door on Jan. 6, with members of the Capitol Hill Police:
Here's Rep. Andrew Clyde (R-Ga.) helping Capitol Police barricade a door on Jan. 6 during what he would later call a “normal tourist visit.” pic.twitter.com/BJ8WYDu5zn
— Michael Donnelly (@Doneli) June 15, 2021
Here’s Clyde outright lying:
Rep Andrew Clyde (R-GA) sells a real whopper at the US House hearing today about Jan 6 insurrection: "The House Floor was never breached and it was not an insurrection..there was an undisciplined the mob…to call it an insurrection…is a bold-faced lie." pic.twitter.com/cRcWKg859g
— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) May 12, 2021
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