Politico reports that Forrest Lucas, cofounder of Lucas Oil, “is a leading contender for Interior secretary should Donald Trump win the White House.”
Lucas’ company makes motor oil and similar products. Environmentalists worry he would push to open more public lands and offshore areas to oil and gas drilling. The Interior Department manages public lands across the U.S.
But Lucas is more than just your average oil baron: He’s also aggressively opposed to animal rights. “Earlier this year, Lucas financed and produced a feature film called ‘The Dog Lover,’ which portrays dog breeders and puppy mills as being unfairly targeted by animal rights groups,” Politico notes. “Roger Ebert’s website called the movie ‘shamelessly manipulative’ and ‘a pretty bald piece of anti-[Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals] and/or PETA propaganda.’” So animal advocates and conservationists are concerned about Lucas’ potential nomination too, as the Interior Department is charged with protecting endangered species and overseeing wildlife refuges.
If Trump named Lucas to run Interior, it would be like raising his short middle finger to the animal rights community. Lucas would, however, be a natural complement to Trump’s rumored top choice for energy secretary: oil and gas tycoon Harold Hamm.
If Trump really believed he was falsely accused ‘that is not a corrupt motive’ for removing the special counsel: Bill Barr
Attorney General William Barr told Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) that if President Donald Trump really and truly thought he was being falsely accused of collaborating with Russia to steal the 2016 presidential election, that it was "not a corrupt motive" for firing Robert Mueller, a stunning statement from the nation's highest law enforcement officer.
"As a matter of law, I think the department's position would be that the president can direct the termination or the replacement of a special counsel," said Barr. "And as a matter of law, the obstruction statute does not reach that conduct."
Trump ‘shirking his duty to protect the country’ by ignoring Russia election threat: Ex-CIA agent
Ex-CIA agent Evan McMullin told CNN on Wednesday that President Donald Trump was "shirking his duty to protect the country" by ignoring the fact that Russia plans to attack the 2020 election.
"He's shirking his responsibility to protect the country," McMullin said. "We are in a new era of information warfare."
"Countries can be defeated without a shot being fired," he went on. "We just learned from the Mueller report that the president was aware that we were undergoing, as a country, an information warfare attack during 2016. He sought to benefit from it."
"A lot of times we say 'look, the president's ego is wounded' when we talk about how the Russians attacked us, and may have helped him get elected," McMullin continued. "But I actually think that we are a little naive to buy into that narrative. I think that is a fig leaf for the president. How can we ignore that this president barely won the electoral college?"
White House made it clear they were ‘trying to hide’ evidence from Mueller: Omarosa
Omarosa Manigault, former political aide to President Donald Trump, told MSNBC Wednesday that the while the White House never "directly" ordered her to destroy documents related to the Mueller report, they made it quite clear they were "trying to hide" evidence.
"He wants to run out the clock," Manigault said. "He thinks he can run down the clock and that people will stop being concerned about it. We should really not just focus about what he is telling people to do or say, but how he's asked people to destroy documents, to destroy e-mails, in my case two boxes of campaign-related materials that the White House still has in their possession, that they claim they don't have or don't know what happened to it."