Frank Wuco, a White House senior adviser to the Department of Homeland Security, used to be a conservative radio host who promoted right-wing conspiracies meant to discredit officials in the Obama administration.
As CNN’s KFile team reports, Frank Wuco, who has worked for the White House and Homeland Security since January, pushed a number of “unfounded” conspiracy theories. Those theories include “claims that former President Barack Obama’s memoir was ghost written by former anti-Vietnam War radical Bill Ayers, claims that former CIA director John Brennan converted to Islam and claims Attorney General Eric Holder had been a member of the Black Panthers.”
Earlier in December, KFile also reported that Wuco (like Trump) pushed “birtherism” — a theory that claimed Obama was not born in the U.S. and had faked his birth certificate to be eligible for the presidency.
Wuco’s apparent obsession with Obama’s past led him to publish a book (later turned into a film) titled “Dreams from My Real Father,” a take on the former president’s book “Dreams from My Father.” In his book, Wuco claimed Obama’s actual father “was a family friend named Frank Marshall Davis.”
When Hillary Clinton was still secretary of state, Wuco claimed that the parents of her aide and confidante Huma Abedin were members of the Muslim Brotherhood — claims that were dispelled as demonstrably false by The Washington Post and PolitiFact. The report notes that even Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) decried the false allegations, calling them an “unwarranted and unfounded attack on an honorable woman, a dedicated American and a loyal public servant.”
When KFile published their initial report on Wuco’s birtherism, DHS said his views have “no bearing on his ability to perform his job for the American people,” and were “years-old comments cherry-picked from thousands of hours” of audio.
You can watch video of Wuco discussing his pro-gun rights stance in his hometown of Tampa, Florida below.
Trump is desperately cherry-picking portions of Sondland’s testimony to ignore the bombshells: CNN correspondent
On Wednesday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," White House correspondent Kaitlan Collins noted how President Donald Trump is desperately trying to focus on the narrow portions of E.U. Ambassador Gordon Sondland's testimony that put him in a good light — and ignoring the trove of damning new information against him.
"[Sondland] makes it clear, absolutely, totally discarding what the president and his allies are saying for weeks," said anchor Wolf Blitzer.
"What the White House [is] relying on, and what the president was reading from earlier, was the conversation where he had called the president to ask if there was a quid pro quo, and he said the president got angry and said there was not one and that he didn't want anything from Ukraine," said Collins. "What they are ignoring is what he started his testimony with today, that yes, in relation to the aid to the White House — to the White House call and the White House meeting, there was a quid pro quo. And we should note there has still been no White House meeting for the Ukrainian leader."
Republican analyst thinks the House Republicans are ‘setting up’ Mick Mulvaney to be the fall-guy for Trump
Republicans were caught off-guard this morning when their key witness, Ambassador Gordon Sondland, started outing key administration officials, as well as the president and vice president, for the bribery efforts with Ukraine.
Republican strategist Amanda Carpenter noted that she doesn't care what White House spokesperson Stephanie Grisham is spinning and twisting.
"What I saw today was he's trying to draw a distinction between the quid pro quo between the White House visits and the aid," Carpenter said. "He owns up to the fact, yeah, we held up the White House visits for the investigations. He doesn't deny that. But every time the discussion got to the money, [he] didn't want to hear anything about this."
Trump aides and GOP lawmakers ‘freaking out’ after being ‘blindsided’ by Gordon Sondland’s testimony
Allies of President Donald Trump are "freaking out" after the damning testimony from Ambassador Gordon Sondland, CNN's Jim Acosta reported Wednesday.
The administration had been caught flat-footed by Sondland's testimony.
"White House lawyers pressed in recent days to learn from Sondland’s legal team what the ambassador would tell Congress about the president and claims of a “quid pro quo” in his much-anticipated testimony today," The Washington Post reported Wednesday. "Sondland’s lawyers declined however to provide the White House with an early peek into the account that this key impeachment witness would give lawmakers about his interactions with the president."