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WH speechwriter makes 6 senior officials to leave Trump’s executive branch in the last 48 hours

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President Donald Trump holds up a "peace" symbol at CPAC 2013. Image via Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons.

In the past 48 hours, six senior officials within the executive branch have resigned.

News of White House staff secretary Rob Porter’s resignation amid uncovered allegations of domestic abuse have dominated headlines for nearly three days, but on Friday, two officials — one also in the White House, the other in the Justice Department— roiled Washington as well.

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Friday evening, the New York Times reported that Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand, the number two official in the Russia investigation, was resigning along with her assistant. That news was followed almost immediately by reports that White House deputy chief of staff John Carroll also resigned after Politico reported Thursday that chief of staff John Kelly was dissatisfied with his performance. Carroll, CNN reported, is leaving the West Wing to lead the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

A few hours after Carroll’s departure, The Washington Post reported that White House speechwriter David Sorenson had also left the administration after his ex-wife accused him of domestic abuse, making him the second Trump staffer accused of violence against women this week.

Yesterday, two high ranking officials within the Justice Department also resigned: the FBI’s public affairs assistant director Mike Kortan and the DOJ’s counterintelligence and export control chief David Laufman.

Though the White House denied the claim, ABC News also reported Friday that Kelly told President Donald Trump he was willing to resign amid his role in the Porter scandal.

UPDATE: An earlier edition of this article listed five executive branch officials who’d left the administration prior to the Post’s reporting on Sorenson’s resignation.

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Trump officials could face criminal charges for USPS sabotage — and the president may not be able to pardon them

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Members of the Trump administration could face legal jeopardy over efforts to sabotage U.S. Postal Service operations to interfere with the 2020 presidential elections.

"Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) made a criminal referral to the New Jersey Attorney General on Friday night, asking him to impanel a grand jury to look at possible breach of state election laws by President Trump, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and others for 'their accelerating arson of the post office,' he said. Alarming headlines have emerged in recent days as many states prepare to facilitate widespread mail balloting due to the coronavirus pandemic. President Trump openly admitted he was withholding federal aid from the postal service to prevent mail-in voting, and USPS has notified 46 states and D.C. that it will struggle to deliver some mail ballots on time," The Daily Beast reported Friday.

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Maddow reveals how one state stood up to Trump’s USPS cuts — and won

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MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow's opening segment on Friday focused on a positive story of political pressure stopping one of the Trump administration's attacks on the U.S. Postal Service.

Maddow reported how NBC Montana reporter Maritsa Georgiou had doggedly reported on the removal of postal boxes in Missoula, where she is based. Missoula has been a long-time Democratic Party stronghold.

Montana has a competitive U.S. Senate election in 2020, with Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock challenging first-term Republican Sen. Steve Daines.

As Georgiou chased the story, she learned there were also plans to remove boxes in the battleground of Billings. And more planned for the blue town of Bozeman. And other towns.

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Pepsi joins the chorus of people dunking on Tucker Carlson over Kamala Harris

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The Pepsi soda company mocked Fox News personality Tucker Carlson on Friday evening.

On Tuesday, Carlson flipped out after a guest attempted to teach him how to pronounce the name of Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), who is running for vice president on Joe Biden's ticket.

Video of the exchange was posted on Twitter by Nikki McCann Ramirez, a researcher at the watchdog group Media Matters for America.

Tucker Carlson loses it when a guest corrects his pronunciation of Kamala Harris's name pic.twitter.com/1fHIrPGuwN

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