Sunday, Axios’ revealed on their HBO show that they had obtained leaked documents that showed all of the research President Donald Trump’s transition team did on possible appointees and the individuals who became cabinet officials. What was uncovered, however, is what the researches were afraid of and prioritized the most when considering the appointees.
Axios reporter Jonathan Swan called the documents one of the most significant leaks that the site had ever received.
“It gives us much, much more detail than we already had about the frenetic, incompetent, sloppy way this government was put together,” Swan told site founder Mike Allen. “The transition was more of a disaster than I realized.”
The transition crafted a section called “red flag” for the top advisors to look at when doing an interview.
Kris Kobach’s largest “red flag” had to do with his possible ties to white supremacy. Gen. David Petraeus doesn’t believe in the use of torture, which was seen as a red flag for the administration.
Scott Pruitt, for example, “lost his job because of serious ethical abuses and coziness with lobbyists,” Swan said. “There is literally a section here ‘Allegations of Coziness With Big Energy Companies.’ So, they went ahead with that anyway.”
“So it was foreseen,” Axios chief Mike Allen said.
“Perry described Trumpism as a ‘toxic mix of demagoguery, mean-spiritedness, and nonsense that will lead the Republican Party to perdition,” his file said. Yet, oddly enough, Perry has remained one of the least troubled of most appointees.
Former Trump Transition chief Chris Christie was shown the document that was developed about him. It said that the biggest drawback was that Christie was the prosecutor who helped put Jared Kushner’s father in jail.
Questions for Christie involved whether he thought he couldn’t work with Kushner. Another question asked if Christie believed that his dismissal from the transition team was at the hands of Kushner.
“Yes, I do,” Christie said. “And the reason I do is that’s what Steve Bannon told me.”
He went on to say that it was bizarre reading the file on him because he knew there was a more extensive, detailed file that was used for Vice Presidential vetting.
Allen noted that in any other administration, none of these people would have even been considered. Swan agreed, saying what shocked him was that so many people who were still given jobs despite their so-called “red flags.”
Swan said that for all of the reports about the incompetence of the Trump transition, it was actually far worse.
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‘This was the smoking gun!’ MSNBC’s Morning Joe explains why Mulvaney ‘confession’ could end Trump presidency
MSNBC's Joe Scarborough said White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney had offered "smoking gun" evidence in a stunning confession to the crime at the heart of the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.
The "Morning Joe" host said Mulvaney had made a stunning "confession," but he said the president had on the same day endorsed the ethnic cleansing of the Kurdish allies he had betrayed to Turkey.
"There's so much to talk about, we joke for a few minutes at the top of the show, Mika likes do that, me, I like to get straight into the news," said Scarborough, who frequently annoys his wife and co-host by bantering about sports at the start of the show. "But there's so much going on that if somebody just woke up this morning they might not think that yesterday was not one of the most significant news days in, during the Trump presidency, and I may even argue one of the most significant news days over perhaps the last decade, just in terms of volume."
Vote-splitting fears raised in final days of Canada election
In the dying days of what Justin Trudeau described as one of the "nastiest" election campaigns in Canadian history -- with plenty of mudslinging, attack ads and misinformation -- he played up fears on Thursday of vote-splitting handing victory to his rival Andrew Scheer and the Conservatives.
Policy announcements gave way to calls to vote strategically to keep Trudeau's Liberals in power and prevent a rollback of his progressive policies by the Tories.
Pollsters predict a minority government -- either Liberal or Conservative -- resulting from the October 21 ballot.
Attack ads accused Liberals of seeking to legalize hard drugs and the Tories of allowing assault rifles on Canadian streets -- claims that are flat out wrong or exaggerated, respectively.
Japan emperor to proclaim enthronement in ritual-bound ceremony
Japan's new Emperor Naruhito will formally proclaim his ascension to the throne next week in a ritual-bound ceremony, but the after-effects of deadly typhoon will cast a shadow over proceedings.
Naruhito officially assumed his duties as emperor on May 1, a day after his father became the first Japanese monarch to abdicate in 200 years.
But the transition will not be complete until his new role is officially proclaimed on Tuesday, in a series of events expected to be attended by foreign dignitaries from nearly 200 countries.
The event will come just over a week after Typhoon Hagibis slammed into Japan, killing nearly 80 people and leaving a trail of destruction.