CNN’s Kaitlan Collins said on Thursday that President Donald Trump is angry that House Intelligence Chair Adam Schiff is hiring officials who’ve served on the president’s National Security Council to help conduct oversight, and has accused the congressman of “stealing” his staff.
….The Dems and their committees are going “nuts.” The Republicans never did this to President Obama, there would be no time left to run government. I hear other committee heads will do the same thing. Even stealing people who work at White House! A continuation of Witch Hunt!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 7, 2019
“Essentially the White House is implying that right now Adam Schiff has either recently hired or is currently interviewing people who have worked in the Trump administration,” Collins said, adding that the administration refused to answer questions and referred her to Schiff. “So we did and a committee aide got back to us with this statement.”
That statement didn’t get into specifics, noting only that the committee “hired people with prior experience on the National Security Council staff for oversight of the agency,” and adding archly “we do not discriminate against potential hires on the basis of their prior work experience including the administration.” Collins went on to say “it’s not unusual” that NSC staff went on to work for the House Intelligence Committee, saying that Trump loyalist Devin Nunes (R-CA) had done the same during his tenure.
“But this does raise the concerns you’ve heard from the White House ever since Donald Trump first took office,” she said. “There are people inside, these career staffers who work here despite whoever is the president that could potentially be going to work on Adam Schiff’s committee that has now, as you noted yesterday, launched this huge investigation into the president.”
At least one ex-NSC aide, Abigail Grace, has been identified according to Bloomberg Media’s Jennifer Jacobs, who says sources tell her another is considering the move as well.
Scoop: Trump thinks Adam Schiff is brazenly hiring former WH staff in order to gain an edge in his investigations.
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) February 7, 2019
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Trump’s failed Federal Reserve nominee doesn’t even know what the interest rate was 10 years ago
On Tuesday, CNN's Chris Cuomo invited on Stephen Moore, supply-side economist and President Donald Trump's failed pick for the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, to discuss the state of the administration — and Moore made a hilariously wrong remark about interest rates that suggests the country was better off without him.
"There's no greatest economy ever," said Cuomo. "You know these things ... he's doing well. He's not doing better than we've ever seen before, and you guys got the benefits of juicing the economy with this tax cut. Fair point?"
"Let me say this, I think it's a pretty darn good economy," said Moore. "I'll cite a few statistics. It's a pretty darn good one. We have the lowest unemployment rate in 50 years ... and for blacks and Hispanics and women."
WATCH: Spike Lee tears into Trump for empowering white supremacy
On Tuesday, director Spike Lee talked with CNN's Anderson Cooper about race, slavery, and President Donald Trump — and pulled no punches on any of it.
"I think that most woke historians would say that this country, the United States of America, was built upon the genocide of people and slavery. I mean, that's a fact," said Lee. "And I think that if we Americans came to study how this country started, we wouldn't be talking about kick immigrants out, you know, because if it wasn't — I mean, Native Americans, people brought here as slaves, everyone was immigrants. I woke up this morning and went on Instagram and felt my ancestors, not the only one saying this but I think it's a very important date today in American history."
Former Defense Secretary warns: ISIS is back, and Trump can’t ‘pretend it’s not there’
On Tuesday's edition of CNN's "OutFront," former Defense Secretary and CIA head Leon Panetta warned that ISIS is gaining strength in the Middle East again — and that after all of President Donald Trump's boasts that he had utterly defeated the terrorist organization, now it is time for him to get serious.
"Roughly estimated 15,000 ISIS fighters in Iraq and Syria now," said host Kate Bolduan. "Secretary Pompeo saying the terror group is, in some ways, stronger than it was three or four years ago. How big of a concern should the news be for Americans?"
"It should be a very serious concern for the president of the United States and for our country," said Panetta. "Because his first responsibility is to protect our country. And we learned from 9/11, the fact that these terrorists have one fundamental aim, which is to attack the United States and attack countries in the West. And now what we're hearing is that ISIS is clearly re-mobilizing to the tune of almost is 15,000-18,000, that are mobilizing into secret cells, mobilizing into attack teams, conducting not only attacks but kidnappings and assassinations and bombings, as we saw in Afghanistan. So this is, in the end, a national security threat that the United States cannot simply stand back and pretend it's not there."