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Trump’s acting Pentagon chief’s nomination stalling out over ethics investigations and ‘public flubs’: report

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Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan’s nomination “has stalled amid an ethics investigation and a series of unimpressive public performances,” Politico reported Friday.

Citing four sources, the Politico story broke down the multiple reasons the nomination is “on ice,” as one former U.S. official put it.

“The sources aware of the White House discussions believe Shanahan is still in the mix for the job, but they say recent events and his own missteps haven’t done him any favors with President Donald Trump,” Politico explained. “And some said his fate will remain uncertain until the Defense Department’s inspector general finishes a probe into allegations that Shanahan has privately boosted Boeing during meetings at the Pentagon.”

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Shanahan worked at Boeing before being tapped by President Donald Trump to lead America’s armed forces.

“The IG investigation has slowed the process down and there are quite a few of us who want to see the report before moving forward, including President Trump,” an unnamed senior White House official told Politico.

Boeing has been under intense public scrutiny since two of its 737 MAX 8 planes crashed, killing 346 people.

“The hearing plus the Boeing thing is why you’re hearing it’s on ice and that’s my understanding, too,” a former U.S. official told Politico.

Another source said the list of reasons was even longer.

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“Boeing investigations, ongoing concerns about Boeing favoritism and preferences at the department, speaking ill of Lockheed,” were among the “host of reasons” a Senate Republican source cited as leading to the iced nomination.

Shanahan is scheduled to testify on Tuesday before the House Armed Services Committee on Tuesday.

“Next week is going to go way worse,” the Senate Republican source predicted. “If Shanahan didn’t do well in a Republican hearing, he’s definitely not going to do well in a Democratic-dominated Adam Smith hearing.”

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Republican Kevin McCarthy gets taken down by former top GOP colleague

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Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) was attacked by a former Republican colleague who alleged McCarthy and his fellow members of Congress have allowed the House GOP to become the official shill for the White House.

In a profile for the New York Times, former Oversight Committee Chairman Tom Davis (R-VA) shamed the GOP House for the way that a once-respectable institution has fallen.

“Congress no longer operates as an independent branch of government, but as an appendage of the executive branch,” said Davis. “He is made for that role.”

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Former senator reveals to Maddow how one brave Democrat can reveal key document in impeachment trial

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Near the end of Wednesday's impeachment trial, Chief Justice John Roberts announced that an agreement had been made to allow senators to read supplemental testimony from Vice President Mike Pence aide Jennifer Williams.

The document will remain classified, despite claims that there is no classified material in the document, only evidence that is damning to the president.

"In terms of this document potentially being improperly classified, which is something that has been raised in writing by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and raised on the floor of the Senate tonight by Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA)," MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow noted. "Obviously, it was the vice president's office that said it was classified, they are getting publicly criticized for that. If it has been improperly classified and it should be something that the public can see, who adjudicates that?"

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Florida Republican Matt Gaetz admits Trump’s legal defense was ‘like an 8th grade book report’ — only worse

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Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) admitted that President Donald Trump's team of lawyers weren't quite the legal eagles that he thinks they might be, said Politico reporter Andrew Desiderio.

Questioned about his take on the way the case is unfolding in the Senate, Gaetz said that the House presented it like it was going to be on "cable news." For many that may be an insult, but it appears to Gaetz that was a compliment.

Desiderio said that Gaetz then lamented that the White House presented their case more like “an 8th-grade book report.”

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