CNN cuts loose Trump surrogate Jeffrey Lord for tweeting the words “Sieg Heil!” at a prominent liberal activist.
CNN severed ties with Jeffrey Lord on Thursday, hours after he ignited controversy by tweeting the words “Sieg Heil!” at a prominent liberal activist.
“Nazi salutes are indefensible,” a CNN spokesperson said in a statement. “Jeffrey Lord is no longer with the network.” More from CNN Money here.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos illegally delays Obama regulations now sued by Massachusetts and other 18 Democratic attorneys general!
The lawsuit, led by Massachusetts and joined by 18 other Democratic attorneys general, accuses Education Secretary Betsy DeVos of illegally delaying the regulations, which were finalized by the Obama administration and had been set to take effect on July 1.
Eighteen states and the District of Columbia filed suit against Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Thursday over her delay of regulations meant to protect federal student loan borrowers defrauded by their schools.
The lawsuit filed in Federal District Court in D.C., led by Massachusetts and joined by 18 other Democratic attorneys general, accuses DeVos of illegally delaying the regulations aimed at predatory colleges, which were finalized by the Obama administration and had been set to take effect on July 1. More from Politico here.
Trump’s pick to head division of Civil Rights at DOJ has failed to protect rights in the past – he’s fought against them!
Trump’s pick to lead DOJ civil rights will do the exact opposite of protecting people’s equality.
Trump has tapped Eric S. Dreiband to lead the civil rights unit of the Justice Department. If confirmed by the Senate, he will be in charge of overseeing cases involving voting rights, policing and discrimination.
Vanita Gupta, former leader of the civil rights division under the Obama administration said:
“Whoever leads the ‘crown jewel’ of the Justice Department must have deep relationships with stakeholders and marginalized communities, and have a deep, abiding faith in our nation’s civil rights laws…”
“They must respect the laws that touch everyone, rights that people have literally died for. They must respect the role of what has been called the conscience of the federal government. In all those regards, Eric Dreiband is woefully unqualified to lead the Civil Rights Division.”
Dreiband has quite a record of representing organizations—mainly those that actively fought for their right to discriminate against certain groups. It also appears that he also has little to no experience in advocating for civil rights laws.
Jesselyn McCurdy, a director in the American Civil Liberties Union Washington office said:
“As a private attorney, Dreiband represented organizations seeking religious exemptions to avoid providing contraceptive coverage for women in the workplace. He also argued on behalf of the University of North Carolina in support of a law that discriminates against trans people.”
Trump asking for voter data from all states, 44 have denied so far this Independence Day weekend — Trump’s Commission cannot be trusted.
CNN is now reporting forty-four states have refused the Trump administration’s request for certain voter information, according to a CNN inquiry to all 50 states.
State leaders and voting boards across the country have responded to the letter with varying degrees of cooperation — from altogether rejecting the request to expressing eagerness to supply information that is public.
“Numerous states are refusing to give information to the very distinguished VOTER FRAUD PANEL. What are they trying to hide?”
The information the commission is seeking includes registrants’ full names, addresses, dates of birth, political parties, the last four digits of their social security numbers, a list of the elections they voted in since 2006, information on any felony convictions, information on whether they were registered to vote in other states, their military status, and whether they lived overseas. More from CNN here.
Trump surrogates circling the wagons defending his misogyny towards Mika Brzezinski, including former communications advisor Jason Miller.
Jason Miller, a former communications advisor to President Donald Trump, echoed the White House talking point that the president should be able to attack MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski because she has made personal comments about him. However, Miller thought that she should have taken the high road instead of “punching back 10 times harder.”
“What I would have said is, ‘look, let’s go and call out the fact that Joe and her had been attacking you for weeks and months now,’” Miller said about his own suggestion for deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
“The fact they have attacked his mental state and compared him to someone with dementia,” he continued. “They call him an embarrassment on the world stage and go and lay these different comments out and make them go and defend their previous comments. The way the president laid it out, it gave an opening for folks to come back and criticize him. But he has every right to come back and push back.”
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson blows up at head of the presidential personnel office while top Trump staffers look on. Read: he’s pissed!
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s frustrations with the White House have been building for months. Last Friday, they exploded.
The normally laconic Texan unloaded on Johnny DeStefano, the head of the presidential personnel office, for torpedoing proposed nominees to senior State Department posts and for questioning his judgment. More from Politico here.
Trump’s campaign chairman Paul Manafort received more than $17 million from a Ukrainian political party.
Paul Manafort, who was forced out as President Trump’s campaign chairman last summer after five months of infighting and criticism about his business dealings with pro-Russian interests, disclosed Tuesday that his consulting firm had received more than $17 million over two years from a Ukrainian political party with links to the Kremlin.
Anticorruption officials in Ukraine asserted at the time that the payments were part of an illegal off-the-books system whose recipients also included election officials. Mr. Manafort, who resigned his campaign post shortly after the article appeared, has denied receiving any cash, and state prosecutors in Ukraine have not accused him of wrongdoing.
The disclosures cap lengthy negotiations with officials at the Justice Department, which monitors activities of Americans who work on behalf of foreign political parties and governments. More from New York Times here.
FBI complaint filed against Trump associate Roger Stone for alleged treason.
The Democratic Coalition Against Trump just announced that they’ve filed an FBI complaint against political strategist Roger Stone and the Trump campaign. They are not playing. The group, which is part of the Keep America Great PAC, allege Stone and the campaign were involved with WikiLeaks, and the “foreign government” behind it (read: Russia).
From the Saturday statement obtained by LawNewz.com: “Stone had fair warning before the most recent emails were released, and predicted back in August that Podesta would be at the center of the next string of hacks.” More from Law News here.
Congressional Black Caucus calls out Omarosa Manigault for use of title “Honorable” in connection with Trump invitation.
“As requested by the president, we would like to schedule a follow-up meeting with the entire membership of the Congressional Black Caucus to discuss issues pertinent to your members,” Manigault wrote in the invitation, obtained by POLITICO.
But multiple CBC members said they were put off that she signed the invitation as “the Honorable Omarosa Manigault,” saying she hasn’t earned that title nor has she helped raise the profile of CBC issues within the White House as promised. More from Politico here.