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  • Esper, on thin ice with the White House, reverses decision on troop deployments

    06/03/2020 9:57:03 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 82 replies
    Pollutico ^ | 06/03/2020 08:07 PM EDT | Lara Seligman and Meridith McGraw
    Defense Secretary Mark Esper abruptly reversed a decision to order active-duty troops home from the national capital region on Wednesday, capping a roller-coaster eight hours that have raised new questions about whether the beleaguered Pentagon chief will keep his job. Esper irked the White House Wednesday morning when he appeared in front of cameras to proclaim his opposition to deploying active-duty troops to respond to protests around the country — a move that many saw as a break with the president, who on Monday threatened to do just that if state and local officials fail to deal with violent protests...
  • Pentagon chief on shaky ground with White House after breaking with Trump over protest response

    06/03/2020 9:07:42 PM PDT · by blueplum · 40 replies
    CNN ^ | 03 Jun 2020 | Zachary Cohen, etc
    Washington(CNN)Secretary of Defense Mark Esper is on shaky ground with the White House after saying Wednesday that he does not support using active duty troops to quell the large-scale protests across the United States triggered by the death of George Floyd and those forces should only be used in a law enforcement role as a last resort. Speaking from the Pentagon briefing room podium, Esper noted that "we are not in one of those situations now,"...Wednesday's press briefing by Esper went over poorly at the White House, where his standing was already viewed to be tenuous, multiple people familiar with...
  • President Trump Removes Coup Plotter ICIG Michael Atkinson – Effective 30 Days From Today – DC Media Conscripts Go Bananas…

    04/03/2020 9:39:53 PM PDT · by edwinland · 30 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | April 3, 2020 | Sundance
    President Trump has sent a letter to congress giving them 30-days advance notice and informing them of the removal of Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson: [image of letter] The necessary, albeit politically controversial, move comes about two months after President Trump assigned Ric Grenell to lead the Office of the Director of National Intelligence; Grenell is ultimately the acting boss of the overall intelligence community. It is likely DNI Grenell provided some key insight into the sketchy background activity in/around Atkinson’s office, and the overall intelligence apparatus writ large. Additionally, former congressman Mark Meadows is now President Trump’s Chief-of-Staff;...
  • Trump fires intelligence community inspector general who defied him on Ukraine

    04/03/2020 7:48:54 PM PDT · by bitt · 81 replies
    YAHOO.COM ^ | 3/3/2020 | Natasha Bertrand and Andrew Desiderio
    President Donald Trump has fired the intelligence community’s chief watchdog, Michael Atkinson, who was the first to sound the alarm to Congress last September about an “urgent” complaint he’d received from an intelligence official involving Trump’s communications with Ukraine’s president. Trump formally notified the Senate and House intelligence committees of his intention to fire Atkinson and remove him from his duties, to take effect 30 days from Friday, according to two congressional officials and a copy of the letter obtained by POLITICO dated April 3. “This is to advise that I am exercising my power as President to remove from...