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Trump VA official barred statement condemning Charlottesville white nationalists: report

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A Donald Trump-appointed official in the Department of Veterans Affairs pressured a VA diversity specialist not to condemn white nationalists after Charlottesville, newly-revealed emails show.

The Washington Post reported that John Ullyot, the VA’s chief communications official, was at odds with diversity expert Georgia Coffey after the senior diversity officer called for a more-forceful condemnation of white nationalism following the “Unite the Right” rally that left one woman dead and several others injured.

Coffey, the emails shared with the Post by the American Oversight watchdog group showed, called on the agency to issue a statement denouncing the rally’s “repugnant display of hate and bigotry by white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and the Ku Klux Klan.”

The report noted that Ullyot directed the diversity officer to stand down, and that people familiar with the exchange said the Trump appointee “was enforcing a directive from the White House, where officials were scrambling to contain the fallout from Trump’s comments” about the rally in which he both praised and criticized “both sides” of the white supremacist rally.

Curt Cashour, a spokesperson for the VA, denied that such a directive was issued.

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Then-VA Secretary David Shulkin issued his own statement after the Charlottesville rally decrying white supremacists in a manner many considered more forceful than Trump’s. The report noted, however, that Ullyot said he was acting under Shulkin’s directions — and that the director was copied on the emails.

The Post noted that Coffey retired soon after his dispute over the statement.

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Jeffrey Epstein’s IT consultant reveals he saw girls who ‘couldn’t have more than 15 or 16’ on private island

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ABC News broke a story just after midnight Thursday about a former IT consultant of Jeffrey Epstein's who resigned because he couldn't take some of the things he was seeing on Epstein's private island compound.

The island, which has been called "pedophile island" by locals, had "topless women everywhere.

"There were photos of topless women everywhere," said contractor Steve Scully, who began working for Epstein in 1999 and continued for six years. "On his desk, in his office, in his bedroom."

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‘Names are going to start coming out’: New report says more elites will be exposed in the Epstein case — and ‘DC is on edge’

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Will other powerful people — presumably men — get taken down as a result of the sex trafficking case against Jeffrey Epstein?

That’s the hope of many closer followers of the story, but it’s far from clear what, if any, fallout there will be. Epstein’s connections to Presidents Bill Clinton and Donald Trump have raised suspicions about potential evidence of their wrongdoing, such suspicions remain unproven. Alan Dershowitz has already faced accusations of being involved in Epstein’s crimes, though he denies the charge vigorously.

But a new report from Vanity Fair’s Gabriel Sherman says that “DC is on edge” over the Epstein case, and any elites who have run in his circles could be involved. Dozens of girls, if not more, are believed to be involved in his alleged sex trafficking, and lawyers for some of the women who have accused Epstein are strongly suggesting that other high-profile figures will be implicated.

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‘It’s so un-American’: Internet scorches Trump supporters for racist chants of ‘Send her back!’

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The ignoble highlight of President Donald Trump's rally in Greenville, North Carolina on Wednesday was when his fans doubled down on his racist attacks on four Democratic congresswomen of color and targeted Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), chanting "Send her back! Send her back!"

Political commentators of all stripes were gobsmacked by the crowd's naked racism — and buried them in condemnation:

The crowd at Trump’s rally chanting “send her back” after the President viciously and dishonestly attacked Ilhan Omar is one of the most chilling and horrifying things I’ve ever seen in politics.

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