Scaramucci Terminates Suspected Leaker Michael Short from White House

by MATTHEW BOYLE25 Jul 2017Washington, D.C.

Suspected leaker Michael Short has been terminated from the White House communications office, Breitbart News can confirm.

Short, an ally of White House chief of staff Reince Priebus and now former Press Secretary Sean Spicer—who resigned last week—was terminated on Tuesday by new White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci.

Politico’s Tara Palmeri was the first to report the news.

“Newly appointed White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci said on Tuesday that he plans to dismiss assistant press secretary Michael Short,” Palmeri wrote on Tuesday morning. “It would be Scaramucci’s first step toward shaking up the communications shop, which has been dominated by former Republican National Committee staffers loyal to White House chief of staff Reince Priebus, a former RNC chairman.”

Short originally worked for the Trump campaign—placed on it by Priebus—and quit the campaign, sources tell Breitbart News, after the Access Hollywood tape came out. Politico confirmed this report, noting that Short walked out in the middle of the campaign leaving his computer behind only to show back up in January at the behest of the Republican National Committee (RNC) allies in the White House.

“He was scorned by many of his colleagues for quitting the Trump campaign, only to rejoin as a White House staffer because of Priebus,” Palmeri wrote of Short. “In a story often retold by campaign staffers, they arrived at Trump Tower one morning, months before the election, to see Short’s computer left open on his otherwise empty desk. He had quit the campaign that day and never returned. The next time he was seen by former campaign staffers was in January on their first day in the White House, where some were stunned to learn that they were going to have to work alongside him or for some of the press assistants subordinate to him.”

Multiple White House sources tell Breitbart News that Short was a leaker, and worked closely with now former White House deputy chief of staff Katie Walsh—another RNC wing official who was terminated earlier this year for her own suspected leaking.

Short has not responded to a request for comment on the questions about his leaking. But he did tell CNN he does not believe he has been fired, even though multiple White House sources confirm he has been.

“No one has told me anything and the entire premise is false,” Short told CNN.

Short denied to Breitbart News that he is a leaker. “I have never leaked,” he said in an email.

According to Palmeri, too, Short has now denied that he quit the campaign–he just says he went to work back at the RNC.

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But it’s pretty clear that President Trump doesn’t buy it.

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Scaramucci has confirmed multiple times in interviews over the weekend that he plans to root out leakers throughout the White House.

Now, on Tuesday, he has again confirmed that he will terminate everyone if necessary to stop the leaks.

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Former CIA Director Calls For A Coup If Trump Fires Mueller

The exchange is 43 minutes into the clip below:

by Tyler Durden

In the most vocal opposition to president Donald Trump yet, former CIA Director John Brennan said that if the White House tries to fire special counsel Robert Mueller, government officials should refuse to follow the president orders, as they would be – in his view – “inconsistent” with the duties of the executive branch.

“I think it’s the obligation of some executive branch officials to refuse to carry that out. I would just hope that this is not going to be a partisan issue. That Republicans, Democrats are going to see that the future of this government is at stake and something needs to be done for the good of the future,” Brennan told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer at the Aspen Security Forum, effectively calling for a coup against the president should Trump give the order to fire Mueller.

(Full transcript here)

Brennan appeared alongside his former colleague, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, and both men who served in the Obama administration, told Blitzer they have total confidence in Mueller. “Absolutely. It was an inspired choice- they don’t come any better, ” Brennan said adding that “If Mueller is fired, I hope our elected reps will stand up and say enough is enough.” Some have responded with questions where Brennan’s devotion to the Constitution was in the aftermath of the events in Benghazi.

Falling back on his neocon roots, James Clapper, who has waged a long-running vendetta with Trump, once again warned about Russian interference in US affairs. When asked about the June 2016 meeting between Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort with a Russian lawyer and others, he responded: “I’m an old school, Cold War warrior and all that – so I have, there’s truth in advertising, great suspicions about the Russians and what they do. A lot of this to me had kind of the standard textbook tradecraft long deployed by Russians. It would have been a really good idea maybe to have vetted whoever they were meeting with.”

Clapper was also asked about Trump’s comparison of the intelligence community to Nazi Germany. Clapper said he called the President-elect nine days before he left the Obama administration saying he “couldn’t let that reference pass” and it was an insult to him, CIA Director John Brennan and the workforce. “That was a terrible, insulting affront, not just to me or John, we get paid the big bucks, but I’m talking about the rank and file, men and women, patriots and intelligence community — that was completely inappropriate and over the top – I had to do something about it.”

And so he did: on the call Clapper said Trump asked him to “to put out a statement rebutting the contents of the dossier which I couldn’t and wouldn’t do. It was kind of transactional” referring to a dossier that alleged ties between President Donald Trump‘s campaign and Russia. It was not clear if he wouldn’t and couldn’t do it because the contents were legitimate, in his view, or because the dossier is what started the whole “Russian collusion” narrative in the first place. Curiously, Clapper saw it as a favor to Trump not to issue a statement: Clapper was asked by Blitzer why he didn’t put out a statement replying: “The whole point of the dossier by the way was we felt an obligation to warn him to alert him to the fact it was out there. That was the whole point.”

It was not clear if James Comey, whose subsequent leak to the NYT led to the appointment of Mueller, would have applied the same reasoning when asked by Trump to rebut the dossier’s contents.

 

Massachusetts can’t legally hold immigrants on ICE detainer requests – state court

The top court in Massachusetts has ruled that authorities have no right to hold an immigrant after they have been released for a crime. However, some on the federal level disagree.

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The state’s Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) ruled Monday after the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement requested a court order that illegal immigrants facing deportation be held for up to 48 hours after their initial cases are resolved.

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That amounts to a new arrest of a person, the state court found, which is not authorized by the laws of Massachusetts. This is the first ruling of this situation that applies to an entire state, according to Massachusetts’ attorney general, Maura Healey, Reuters reported.

The decision by the court cited states’ rights in their final decision in the case.

“Massachusetts law provides no authority for Massachusetts court officers to arrest and hold an individual solely on the basis of a Federal civil immigration detainer, beyond the time that the individual would otherwise be entitled to be released from State custody,” the court wrote, according to court documents.

Sreynuon Lunn, of Cambodia, was the focus of the case. Lunn entered the US in 1985 as a refugee, but was ordered to be deported in 2008 due to a slew of criminal convictions. His home country declined to accept him, and so he was ordered free. However, Lunn was arrested again in Boston in 2016 for unarmed robbery. Suffolk County prosecutors failed to present a case against him, and he was released into the custody of ICE, Reuters reported.

After being detained by the agency, Lunn’s attorney challenged the transfer to ICE custody because of the fact that Massachusetts law does not allow police to keep anyone in their custody who do not have any pending charges. The ruling on Monday states that neither the federal nor state law has the power, in Massachusetts, to hold a person without a criminal warrant.

“In short, this was a civil immigration detainer,” the justices wrote, according to the documents. “It alleged that Lunn was subject to, and was being sought by the Federal authorities for the purpose of, the civil process of removal. It was not a criminal detainer or a criminal arrest warrant. It did not allege that the Federal authorities were seeking Lunn for a criminal immigration offense or any other Federal crime, for purposes of a criminal prosecution.”

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The US Department of Justice lawyers had previously stated in the case that ICE detainer requests are an established legal example of cooperation between federal and local law enforcement.

“You have that power,” Joshua Press, a DOJ attorney, said in April during oral arguments in the case, the Boston Herald reported.

The SJC did not agree with the assertions of the DOJ and stated that the state police may only make arrests for criminal offenses. “Conspicuously absent from our common law is any authority (in the absence of a statute) for police officers to arrest generally for civil matters, let alone authority to arrest specifically for Federal civil immigration matters,” the judges wrote.

Some civil rights groups say that this ruling in Massachusetts could potentially set an example for rulings in states around the country. The ACLU of Massachusetts responded in a statement after the trial’s conclusion.

“This court decision sets an important precedent that we are a country that upholds the constitution and the rule of law,” the group said in a statement. “This victory is the first of its kind in the nation. At a time when the Trump administration is pushing aggressive and discriminatory immigration enforcement policies, Massachusetts is leading nationwide efforts by limiting how state and local law enforcement assist with federal immigration enforcement.” 

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Democrats offer new explanation for why Trump won – and it’s not Russia

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Top Congressional Democrats have unveiled their new economic pitch to middle-class Americans, admitting nine months after the election that Donald Trump won because “he campaigned talking to working people.”

Democratic lawmakers took a field trip to Virginia on Monday to roll out what they branded as “A Better Deal” for American workers. They talked about breaking up monopolies, raising the minimum wage and investing in workers’ training.

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“President Trump campaigned talking to working people, that’s how he won,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York) said as he introduced the Democrats’ new messaging campaign. “Too many Americans don’t know what we stand for.”

Over the weekend, Schumer broke with the narrative that many other Democrats still adhere to and blamed Hillary Clinton for her loss in last year’s presidential election.

“When you lose to somebody who has a 40 percent popularity, you don’t blame other things – Comey, Russia – you blame yourself,”Schumer said.

Clinton has blamed both Russia and former FBI Director James Comey for her electoral loss. For the better part of 2017, the Democratic leadership in Congress has likewise been focused on the question of whether Russia tried to help Trump get elected.

With the 2018 midterm elections approaching, it has occurred to some Democrats that their current message – or lack thereof – may not actually win them votes.

“A Better Deal” is being put forward to appeal to working-class Americans, many of whom supported Donald Trump because he promised to bring back jobs by cracking down on multinational trade deals that have resulted in the outsourcing of the country’s manufacturing over the past two decades.

The Democrats said their plan has three promises: to increase people’s pay, reduce their everyday expenses, and provide them with tools and training for the 21st century economy.

“The middle class is the backbone of our democracy,” said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-California).

Caddell: Deep State Is Willing to Risk U.S. National Security to Damage Trump

by DAN RIEHL  24 Jul 2017Washington, DC

Pat Caddell joined Breitbart News Daily SiriusXM host Alex Marlow on Monday to discuss the reaction to Sean Spicer’s resignation, possible conflicts of interest for Special Counsel Robert Mueller, and the dangerous leaks coming from his office, as well.

Caddell said what is going on with Mueller is “very disturbing,” adding, “that office is beginning to leak like a sieve. It is like Washington. This president has got to do something.”

Caddell called the leaks “a super felony if you will. A super breach of national security. These people, the deep state, to achieve their political end are willing to endanger the national security of this country.”

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Illegal Immigrant Students At Columbia University Demand Free Healthcare And Housing

What on Earth makes people who are in the United States illegally believe they’re entitled to demand anything? This is the environment the left has created. A growing sense of entitlement from everyone.

Red Alert Politics reports:

Learning from Black Lives Matter, illegal immigrants begin making “demands” on campus

A group of students in the U.S. illegally have learned from the Black Lives Matter protesters that occupied colleges across the country last year. Now, they’re demanding that Columbia University make concessions including free healthcare and sensitivity training.

Undocumented Students Initiative (UndoCU) released a list of demands on Wednesday to Columbia University.

“Our daily lived experiences are shaped by national and federal forces that we must face with bravery, but the collective university administration’s inaction has worsened these issues,” the group wrote about dodging federal immigration officials. “Some of us were on the verge of homelessness. Some, including their families, are at high risk of deportation. That the university is not active in aiding and ameliorating these problems demonstrates Columbia’s lack of intrinsic interest in its undocumented students.”

Among their list of demands included financial and housing assistance, to receive the privileges of international students (without the deportations if they overstay their visa) which includes free healthcare, create an administrative position to understand the struggle of UndoCU students, create scholarship fundraisers, counseling service, and sensitivity training for administrators and professors.

How much do you want to bet that the school gives them what they want?

Read more: http://americanlookout.com/illegal-immigrant-students-at-columbia-university-demand-free-healthcare-and-housing/#ixzz4nlkDmdee