Good Thursday Morning.
Here is what’s on President Trump’s agenda today:
- In the morning, President Donald J. Trump will receive his daily intelligence briefing.
- The President will then meet with National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster.
- In the afternoon, the President will participate in a ceremony recognizing the first responders to the June 14 shooting involving Congressman Scalise.
Scaramucci: I will call the FBI
Last night, White House Communications Director Mooch tweeted he was taking the latest WH leak of his financial information seriously. He wrote:
In light of the leak of my financial disclosure info which is a felony. I will be contacting @FBI and the @TheJusticeDept #swamp @Reince45
Notable: tagging Reince.
In case there's any ambiguity in his tweet I can confirm that Scaramucci wants the FBI to investigate Reince for leaking.
— Ryan Lizza (@RyanLizza) July 27, 2017
Wrong! Tweet was public notice to leakers that all Sr Adm officials are helping to end illegal leaks. @Reince45 pic.twitter.com/AB0reseuX1
— Anthony Scaramucci (@Scaramucci) July 27, 2017
According to a Politico report, Scaramucci’s financial disclosure, which was filed with the Office of Government Ethics, shows that the former Wall Street financier earned $4.9 million from his stake in Skybridge Capital, the investment firm he founded in 2005, between Jan. 1, 2016 and the end of June 2017, when he joined the Export-Import Bank.
It looks like Scaramucci has his first opportunity for “dramatic action” about leaking.
Why do the Democrats keep shutting down the fake Trump dossier hearing?
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley blasted Democrats Wednesday for shutting down a committee hearing Wednesday focused on Russian meddling in the 2016 election, particularly on the opposition research firm behind the infamous Trump dossier, Fusion GPS.
“Over the last few weeks, my Democrat colleagues have delayed and blocked Judiciary Committee hearings, shuttered a national security briefing and now cut off a hearing about interference in our political system by agents working for foreign powers,” Grassley said.
“I don’t know if the minority is intentionally trying to block testimony that may be critical of a firm behind the unverified Trump dossier, but I’ll bet two bits that had Paul Manafort or Donald Trump, Jr. appeared at today’s hearing, it would not have been prematurely shut down. The Democrat leadership is playing politics, plain and simple. But our national security and our democratic systems are no game. So we will reconvene tomorrow to get more of the information we need,” Grassley added in his statement.
The Washington Post finally covers the House IT scandal
…or do they?
Congressional IT staffer charged with home equity loan fraud https://t.co/o0eilP6cwr
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) July 26, 2017
Wait, what? Home equity loan fraud. You have to do some serious scrolling down to find out some important details about this insane scandal.
And here’s the cherry on top, as our own Deb Heine writes: Dem IT Staffer’s Lawyer Blames ‘Anti-Muslim Bigotry’ and ‘PizzaGate Media’ for Arrest
Luke Rosiak at the Daily Caller has done a hero’s work on the story, which is about much more than “home equity loan fraud.”
Jim Geraghty at the National Review has a nice round-up of the The Bizarre Criminal Investigation of Schultz’s IT Aide
By the way, who gave these folks in the Awan clan a security clearance? The Democrats are steadfastly searching out evidence of foreign influence in the 2016 election and they don’t seem too curious about this story. Strange.
Dancing with Sean Spicer
After boldly trashing and mocking Sean Spicer for six months, the
news entertainment industry isn’t finished with him. You might still be able to get a regular dose of the former WH press secretary in prime time:
Two sources tell POLITICO that ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” has expressed interest in Spicer joining the show, in which celebrities are paired with professional dancers and compete with one another.
Spicer wouldn’t be the show’s first political contestant. Rick Perry, now energy secretary, competed last year; he was voted off in the second week.
And, in case you missed it:
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