Trump's one-time White House chief of staff says the former president 'is not doing very well' on the midterms, and that Ron DeSantis could beat him in 2024
Mick Mulvaney, who has described Trump as a "terrible human being," called for a new generation of Republican leaders as the GOP underperformed in Tuesday's elections.news.yahoo.com
Ex-White House officials including 2 former chiefs of staff dispute Trump's claim he declassified docs found at Mar-a-Lago: 'Nothing approaching an order that foolish was ever given'
Former National Security Advisor John Bolton told CNN that Trump's latest declassification defense is "complete fiction."news.yahoo.com
Mick Mulvaney says a 'friend' in the White House said former Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows displayed incompetence, had a 'nervous breakdown' on January 6
"You sort of get this impression that things had really broken down and Mark Meadows as the chief of staff ... had checked out entirely," he said.news.yahoo.com
Mulvaney: White House ‘friend’ said Meadows was incompetent, had ‘nervous breakdown’ on Jan. 6
Former acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said that a “friend” who was in the White House during the Jan. 6 Capitol riot told him that Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows was experiencing “a little bit of both” incompetence and a “nervous breakdown” as the event unfolded. During an interview with…news.yahoo.com
Rusty Bowers says Giuliani told him: ‘We’ve got lots of theories, we just don’t have the evidence’
Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers (R) on Tuesday said he repeatedly pressed Rudy Giuliani for proof of his claims of election fraud after the 2020 election, but that Giuliani failed to produce any. “My recollection, he said, ‘We’ve got lots of theories, we just don’t have the evidence,’” Bowers told the Jan. 6 House committee…news.yahoo.com
What we know about Trump's actions as insurrection unfolded
Members of the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol insurrection are holding their first prime-time hearing to share what they have uncovered about then-President Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election.
Psaki rumors, Mulvaney hire at CBS News trouble journalists
Far less common is seeing pushback to such decisions from journalists working there, as has happened recently at CBS and NBC News. Discontent emerged over CBS' hiring of former Trump administration official Mick Mulvaney as a commentator and discussions about current White House press secretary Jen Psaki working at MSNBC when her time in the Biden administration is through. In both cases, journalists have been quiet publicly about their concerns over the decisions.news.yahoo.com
South Carolina candidate to ex-Trump aide: 'You really are a true piece of 'sh--'
A South Carolina Republican candidate backed by former President Trump told a former top official in his administration "you really are a true piece of sh-" in a private text unearthed by The State.In a series of texts between South Carolina candidate Katie Arrington (R) and former acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, Arrington insulted Mulvaney with the four-letter word in a Monday morning text which the newspaper obtained and...news.yahoo.com
Lawyer who aided Trump subpoenaed by Jan. 6 committee
The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol has issued a subpoena to a former Justice Department lawyer who positioned himself as an ally of Donald Trump and aided the Republican president’s efforts to challenge the results of the 2020 election.
Subpoenas could shed light on how Jan. 6 rally came together
The latest round of subpoenas from the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection may help uncover the degree to which former President Donald Trump, his campaign and White House were involved in planning the rally that preceded the riot.
USDA relocations curtail ag research, farmer confidence
Hiring at the Kansas City site remains well below the roughly 550 high-paying jobs local leaders had anticipated. However, he said those frustrations have dealt more with reports published by other USDA agencies, and that some farmers may be confusing them. For example, a two-year research project on pollinators such as honeybees was shelved because the entire team working on it left the agency rather than move to Kansas City. In October 2016 — before Trump's first year in office — ERS had 318 permanent employees, according to USDA data. “And here in the United States, what we do with groups like that — we can’t send them to Siberia, so we send them to Kansas City.”
Covid, payday loans, student debt — here are the issues Biden's consumer bureau may tackle
The headquarters of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in Washington, D.C. JHVEPhoto | iStock Editorial | Getty ImagesThe Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is expected to become a more aggressive consumer watchdog under the Biden administration and while the coronavirus pandemic hurls financial challenges at millions of Americans. Rohit Chopra, President Joe Biden's nominee to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Student loansUnder Biden, the consumer bureau is expected to exercise greater enforcement of the rules on student loan servicing. Advocates have criticized student loan servicers for misleading borrowers and steering them into more expensive repayment plans. The consumer bureau will likely also take a harder stance against for-profit schools that have been known to prey on vulnerable students and make unrealistic promises.cnbc.com
Biden picks Chopra, Gensler for financial oversight roles
President-elect Joe Biden is set to nominate Rohit Chopra as the director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, tapping a progressive ally of Sen. Elizabeth Warren to helm the agency whose creation she championed. Gensler, a former Goldman Sachs banker, tightened oversight of the complex financial transactions that helped cause the Great Recession. Consumer and investor advocate groups praised the selections of Gensler and Chopra. Mulvaney had been a vocal critic of the consumer agency and made deep changes to it, softening regulations on payday loans, for example, and pulling back on enforcement efforts. As one of two Democratic commissioners on the five-member Federal Trade Commission, Chopra has been an outspoken critic of practices by big companies, especially tech giant Facebook.
Records: Trump allies behind rally that ignited Capitol riot
It said that if any former employees or independent contractors for the campaign took part, “they did not do so at the direction of the Trump campaign.”At least one was working for the Trump campaign this month. The AP’s review found at least three of the Trump campaign aides named on the permit rushed to obscure their connections to the demonstration. Between mid-March and mid-November, Donald J. Trump for President Inc. paid Wren $20,000 a month, according to Federal Election Commission records. Maggie Mulvaney, a niece of former top Trump aide Mick Mulvaney, is listed on the permit attachment as the “VIP Lead.” She worked as director of finance operations for the Trump campaign, according to her LinkedIn profile. Trump’s presidential campaign paid Event Strategies $1.3 million in 2020 for “audio visual services,” according to the campaign finance records.
President Trump won’t attend Joe Biden’s inauguration
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump said Friday he will skip President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, refusing to fulfill the outgoing president's traditional role in the peaceful transition of power and undercutting his own message just one day earlier on the need for “national healing and unity." Historian Douglas Brinkley said that while attending the inauguration “would be a wonderful olive branch to the country,” he wasn't surprised by the decision. “Donald Trump doesn’t want to be in Washington as the second-fiddle loser standing on stage with Joe Biden,” he said. “To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th,” Trump said in a tweet. White House counsel Pat Cipollone has repeatedly warned Trump that he could be deemed responsible for inciting Wednesday’s violence.
Stay or go? After Trump-fueled riot, aides debate early exit
FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2020, file photo, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos speaks at the Phoenix International Academy in Phoenix. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao on Thursday became the highest-ranking administration officials to resign over the pro-Trump insurrection. Neither impeachment nor ouster under the 25th Amendment was considered probable with less than two weeks left in Trump's presidency. Yet many White House aides, both senior officials and lower-level staff, were struggling with whether or when to exit, according to two people familiar with internal deliberations at the White House. “They’re all going to have their historic revisionism, they’re all going to have their own imaginary heroism,” Wilson said.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos resigns in wake of Capitol assault
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced her resignation Thursday night in the wake of the assault on the U.S. Capitol. Her resignation came hours after Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, the wife of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, announced her resignation, effective Monday. Chao and DeVos are both members of Mr. Trump's Cabinet, and President-elect Joe Biden had already announced his choices to replace them. "The president has long disregarded and diminished the rule of law and the constitution," said Costello, the deputy assistant secretary of commerce for intelligence and security. "Yesterday, that culminated in violent sedition against the U.S. Congress for the purposes of overturning a legally recognized and valid election."cbsnews.com
Trump finally faces reality — amid talk of early ouster
WASHINGTON – With 13 days left in his term, President Donald Trump finally bent to reality Thursday amid growing talk of trying to force him out early, acknowledging he’ll peacefully leave after Congress affirmed his defeat. Trump led off a video from the White House by condemning the violence carried out in his name a day earlier at the Capitol. Deprived of that social media lifeblood, Trump remained silent and ensconced in the executive mansion until Thursday evening. Staff-level discussions on the matter took place across multiple departments and even in parts of the White House, according to two people briefed on the talks. Few aides had any sense of the president’s plans, with some wondering if Trump would largely remain out of sight until he left the White House.
Here are the White House resignations triggered by Trump’s incitement of this week’s mob violence
They stuck with President Trump through Charlottesville, Helsinki and Lafayette Square. Matthews joined the White House last summer as deputy press secretary, and she quit on Wednesday. Our nation needs a peaceful transfer of power.”Stephanie GrishamStephanie Grisham served as White House press secretary, among other roles. (Andrew Harnik / Associated Press)Grisham worked for Trump’s 2016 campaign, then served in the White House in various roles, most notably as a press secretary who never held an official press briefing. “It has been an honor to serve the country in the White House,” she said in a statement to CNN.latimes.com
Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao becomes latest Trump administration official to resign
She joins several other Trump administration officials who have announced their resignations in the wake of violence by a pro-Trump mob at the U.S. Capitol. She has been with the Trump administration since its earliest days. Tyler Goodspeed, CEA Acting ChairmanThe resignations come with less than two weeks left in the Trump administration. "So I'm not condemning those who choose not to resign, I understand that, but I can't stay here. Mulvaney held numerous roles in the Trump administration.cbsnews.com
Trump’s final self-destructive days leave him weaker, more alone
AdvertisementLater Thursday, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos also resigned, calling the Capitol violence an “inflection point” and saying Trump’s rhetoric contributed to it. By Thursday it was the White House under siege, by people in both parties. Inside the White House, uncertainty reigns. Late Wednesday, Pence’s chief of staff, Marc Short, was barred from the White House complex in retaliation for Pence’s refusal to contest the election results before Congress. “It’s really heartbreaking to see,” said Joe Grogan, who led the White House Domestic Policy Council and resigned last May.latimes.com
The Latest: Capitol Police says officer dies after riots
The U.S. Capitol Police says an officer who was injured after responding to riots at the Capitol has died. ___7:20 p.m.President Donald Trump is conceding to President-elect Joe Biden and condemning the violent supporters of his who stormed the nation’s Capitol. He was a web developer and founder of Trumparoo, a social media site for supporters of President Donald Trump. ___2:35 p.m.House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she’s seeking the resignation of Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund a day after supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol. ___2:30 p.m.Canadian-based e-commerce company Shopify Inc. has removed online stores affiliated with U.S. President Donald Trump, saying his actions have violated the company’s policies.
'I can't stay here' — Mick Mulvaney resigns from Trump administration, expects others to follow
WASHINGTON — Mick Mulvaney, President Donald Trump's former chief of staff, told CNBC on Thursday he has resigned as special U.S. envoy to Northern Ireland. I can't stay," Mick Mulvaney said in an exclusive interview on "Squawk Box." Stephanie Grisham, chief of staff for first lady Melania Trump, and Sarah Matthews, White House deputy press secretary, resigned Wednesday. Mulvaney told CNBC's Andrew Ross Sorkin. Mulvaney added that Trump was "not the same as he was eight months ago."cnbc.com
Trump official Mick Mulvaney's hedge fund seeking at least $1 million from investors
Mick Mulvaney, a former acting chief of staff for President Donald Trump, aims to raise at least $1 million from outside investors for his newly established hedge fund. The filing gives a fresh glimpse into how Mulvaney's fund, called Exegis Capital, is planning to operate in the post-Trump era. Mulvaney, a Republican former congressman from South Carolina, also served as head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau within the Trump administration. The investments appear to be going toward the funds limited partnership titled the "Exegis Financial Sector Fund," the document says. In an interview Friday, Wessel confirmed that the $1 million was just the minimum they are asking for from investors.cnbc.com
Trump defied gravity; now falls back to earth, future TBD
WASHINGTON – Donald Trump, who defied political gravity with his extraordinary rise from reality star and businessman to the presidency, has fallen back to earth. “When Donald Trump loses there will never be a peaceful transition to power,” said Trump’s longtime lawyer and fixer-turned-critic Michael Cohen. And Trump squandered it,” he said, arguing that Trump would likely be seen as “an insurgent figure,” even though 25% of the American public “will always see Donald Trump as their Rambo and John Wayne figure combined." Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., has become a particular favorite with the president’s loyal supporters on the campaign trail, meaning the Trump name could endure. Many of Trump’s supporters see his influence continuing.
Govt Watchdog: Politics caused 'Sharpiegate' frantic rebuke
Former Obama NOAA chief Jane Lubchenco, a scientist at Oregon State University, said in an email that high level officials put politics and their own jobs above public safety. By the time the two tweets were posted, Alabama was no longer in the hurricane centers warning cone, although it had been in previous days. Jacobs said things went crazy in the middle of the night.Then-NOAA communications chief Julie Kay Roberts told the inspector generals office that Walsh told her there are jobs on the line. The report said there was no credible evidence found to say that jobs were threatened. The Inspector General instead selectively quotes from interviews, takes facts out of context.The White House declined comment.
Meadows resigns House seat, starts at White House on Tuesday
Acting White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows holds his hand to his ear to hear a question after stepping off Marine One as they return to the White House, Saturday, March 28, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)WASHINGTON – Rep. Mark Meadows is resigning his congressional seat effective 5 p.m. Monday as he assumes the post of White House chief of staff. Meadows will officially take over the White House post Tuesday. Even while he held his House seat these last several weeks, the North Carolina Republican has been the de facto chief of staff. Meadows is Trump’s fourth chief of staff, taking over for Mick Mulvaney, who served as the acting chief of staff since January 2019.
Mark Meadows resigning from Congress to become Trump's chief of staff
Acting White House Chief of Staff, Mark Meadows, traveling with US President Donald Trump, returns to the White House in Washington, DC, on March 28, 2020. Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., will resign from Congress on Monday to become President Donald Trump's chief of staff. Meadows' former communications director, Ben Williamson, confirmed to CNBC in an email that he has "moved to the White House to serve as senior advisor to White House Chief of Staff, Mark Meadows." Multiple outlets reported that Meadows' first official day as Trump's chief of staff will begin Tuesday. Meadows, one of the president's most loyal supporters in Congress, is Trump's fourth chief of staff in just over three years.cnbc.com
White House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham tests negative for coronavirus
FILE PHOTO: White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham listens to U.S. President Donald Trump talk to reporters as he departs for travel to Georgia from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, U.S., November 8, 2019. REUTERS/Leah MillisWASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham, under quarantine since contact with a Brazilian official earlier this month, tested negative for coronavirus and will be back at work on Wednesday, the White House said. Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham, who has been quarantined since coming in contact with Brazilian officials almost two weeks ago and working from home, has received negative COVID-19 test results and will be back to work tomorrow, White House spokesman Judd Deere said. Bolsonaros press secretary Fabio Wajngarten was the aide who tested positive and was at the Mar-a-Lago event. He was photographed standing next to Trump, prompting the president to get a test that proved to be negative.feeds.reuters.com
Ex-Trump chief of staff Mick Mulvaney self-quarantining over coronavirus concern
President Donald Trump's outgoing chief of staff Mick Mulvaney is voluntarily self-isolating in South Carolina as he awaits coronavirus test results from someone he recently had contact with. Mulvaney is "teleworking" from his home while the test results are pending, a White House official told NBC News. Trump on March 6 announced that he would be replacing Mulvaney as White House chief of staff with Rep. Mark Meadows, a Republican from North Carolina. McDaniel has not received the results of her coronavirus test yet, according to an RNC spokeswoman who spoke with NBC. Grisham, who is also White House communications director, wrote, "I'm working from home and yes I feel good" in a text message to CNBC on Monday.cnbc.com
Mick Mulvaney out as chief of staff, Mark Meadows to replace him
Mick Mulvaney is out as acting White House chief of staff, and top Trump ally Mark Meadows is in, President Trump announced on Twitter Friday night. Mr. Trump announced his decision while in Florida. "I am pleased to announce that Congressman Mark Meadows will become White House Chief of Staff," Mr. Trump tweeted. "I have long known and worked with Mark, and the relationship is a very good one...I want to thank Acting Chief Mick Mulvaney for having served the Administration so well. "It's an honor to be selected by President Trump to serve alongside him and his team," Meadows said in a statement.cbsnews.com
Trump replaces Chief of Staff Mulvaney with close ally Meadows
Mick Mulvaney, President Trumps third and least powerful chief of staff, was replaced Friday by North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows, an announcement Trump made in an evening tweet. But Trump, who prefers to keep staffers on a short leash, never gave Mulvaney the formal title of chief of staff, calling him acting chief of staff throughout his tenure. Its the fact that this president has never been interested in having an empowered chief of staff, Whipple continued. Before working for Trump, Mulvaney as a South Carolina congressman made his name in the fiscally conservative tea party movement. In addition to serving as budget chief, Mulvaney also took on the role of acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for more than a year.latimes.com
Trump names Mark Meadows White House chief of staff, replacing Mick Mulvaney
Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney (R) and Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) talk as they wait for U.S. President Donald Trump to speak to the media, one day after the U.S. Senate acquitted on two articles of impeachment, in the East Room of the White House February 6, 2020 in Washington, DC. President Trump on Friday named Representative Mark Meadows his White House chief of staff, replacing Mick Mulvaney. Trump said that Mulvaney will become the United States special envoy for Northern Ireland. Trump and other officials had denied seeking a quid pro quo of any kind regarding Ukraine. The GOP-controlled Senate voted to acquit Trump on two impeachment articles: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.cnbc.com
Aide: Media ignores Trump's loving bond with 13-year-old son
President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump and their son Barron Trump walk toward Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base in Md., Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. The Trumps are heading to Florida to spend the weekend at their Mar-a-Lago estate. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)WASHINGTON, D.C. – A top aide to President Donald Trump complained Friday that the news media doesn't pay enough attention to the president's loving relationship with his 13-year-old son, Barron. The first lady's office has requested that the media respect the privacy of the youngest of the president's five children and discourages writing about him. Her office declined to comment on Mulvaney's remarks.
Mulvaney alleges U.S. media is focusing on coronavirus to hurt Trump, advises turning off TV
REUTERS/Joshua RobertsThe reason youre seeing so much attention to it today is that they think this is going to be what brings down the President. Thats what this is all about, Mulvaney said at a meeting of the Conservative Political Action Conference, where Republican Party superstars and right wing media personalities gather each year. Mulvaneys characterization of media coverage of the virus came as the S&P 500 was headed for its worst week since the Great Recession. Goldman Sachs said on Wednesday that economic impacts from the virus could threaten Trumps chances of re-election. This is something we know how to deal with, said Mulvaney.feeds.reuters.com
Media's coronavirus stories trying to hurt Trump, Mick Mulvaney says as he urges public to turn off TV
Sure," Mulvaney said as he attempted to assure his audience that the Trump administration was on top of the virus. White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney suggested Friday that Americans ignore the media's coverage of the coronavirus, arguing that journalists are ratcheting up fears to try to hurt President Donald Trump politically. "The press was covering their hoax of the day because they thought it would bring down the president," Mulvaney concluded. "The reason you're seeing so much attention to [the coronavirus] today is that they think this is going to be what brings down the president. Mulvaney said he was asked by a reporter, "What are you going to do today to calm the markets?"cnbc.com
GOP defends Trump as Bolton book adds pressure for witnesses
That assertion could undercut a key defense argument — that Trump never tied the suspension of security aid to political investigations. Bolton writes that Trump told him he wanted to withhold security aid from Ukraine until it helped with investigations. Trump's legal team has insisted otherwise, and Trump tweeted Monday that he never told Bolton such a thing. “I NEVER told John Bolton that the aid to Ukraine was tied to investigations into Democrats, including the Bidens," Trump said. They are being told that if there is agreement to summon Bolton, the White House will resist, claiming executive privilege.
Trump administration broke law in withholding Ukraine aid, watchdog says as Senate prepares for impeachment trial
The Trump administration broke the law by withholding congressionally approved military aid to Ukraine last summer "for a policy reason," a top government watchdog said Thursday in a scathing report. But a policy reason "is not permitted under the Impoundment Control Act" to withhold funds appropriated by Congress, GAO said. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, said, "The OMB, the White House, the administration, broke I'm saying this - broke the law." The report "demonstrates, without a doubt, that the Trump Administration illegally withheld security assistance from Ukraine," Van Hollen said. Read the full GAO report.cnbc.com
Premium cigar makers could catch a break from the FDA as White House applies pressure
The premium cigar industry is facing a May deadline that requires all new tobacco products to obtain regulatory clearance from the FDA. But the mom-and-pop shops that dominate the premium cigar industry have said the required compliance costs would effectively put them out of business. The premium cigar industry, like the wine industry, relies on releasing new varieties to sustain the interests of its connoisseurs. The news was cautiously welcomed by the premium cigar industry. Spokespeople for the White House and Mulvaney did not return requests for comment.cnbc.com
Behind-the-scenes report sheds light on Ukraine aid freeze at center of Trump's impeachment
On Tuesday morning, Trump repeated his accusations against the Bidens and his criticism of the impeachment process. Trump was impeached in the House on articles of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress related to his dealings with Ukraine. The aid was eventually released in September, after Trump learned of a whistleblower complaint about the call, which spurred Democrats to launch an impeachment inquiry. The White House has refused to cooperate with House Democrats' investigation. No Senate Republicans have said they support Trump's impeachment.cnbc.com
Stalled Ukraine military aid concerned members of Congress for months
Earlier in the summer, most members and aides hadn't raised a red flag on Ukraine aid. And, it was after that fight was over, members began to wonder why military aid to Ukraine still had not gone out. At the end of August, Politico reported millions in military aid to Ukraine was still being slow-walked. Ukraine military aid was a rare, foreign policy issue that united members of both parties. Graham announced the Trump administration had finally released the military aid for Ukraine.