MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow revealed a shocking tale of corruption involving Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and his wife, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao.
She told the story of J. Todd Inman, who was a top aide on McConnell’s 2014 re-election campaign.
Maddow reported how Inman has been making money recently.
“The Transportation Department under Secretary Elaine Chao designated a special liaison to help with grant applications and other priorities from her husband Mitch McConnell’s state of Kentucky, paving the way for grants totaling at least $78 million for favored projects as McConnell prepared to campaign for reelection,” Politico reported.
“Chao’s designation of Inman as a special intermediary for Kentucky — a privilege other states did not enjoy — gave a special advantage to projects favored by her husband, which could in turn benefit his political interests. In such situations, ethicists say, each member of a couple benefits personally from the success of the other,” Politico added.
The host was shocked.
“She set up a special lane at the Department of Transportation specifically to fund things that would benefit her husband,” Maddow explained.
“I know we’re supposed to be inured to this kind of thing, but even in the Trump administration, but…” she said, holding up her hands so as to convey there was nothing left to say.
During her handoff to “The Last Word” host Lawrence O’Donnell, the two discussed the implications of the scandal.
“One point I want to make, is among the people who don’t like that story are Republican senators, because they know where the money comes from, it comes from their projects,” O’Donnell noted. “They also have projects that are in that application pipeline and they don’t have an individual there whose job it is to cover their state in the transportation.”
“I mean, this is the sort of thing you would find out was happening in some banana republic around the world and you would be like yeah, that’s why they can’t get State Department-funded blah, blah, blah — they’re too corrupt. In this case, it’s Mitch McConnell’s family,” Maddow noted.
“They could make it fair, they could give every senator a spouse in the cabinet,” Maddow pointed out.
75 years ago: When atomic scientist Leo Szilard tried to halt dropping bombs over Japan
As this troubled summer rolls along, and the world begins to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the creation, and use, of the first atomic bombs, many special, or especially tragic, days will draw special attention. They will include July 16 (first test of the weapon in New Mexico), August 6 (bomb dropped over Hiroshima) and August 9 (over Nagasaki). Surely far fewer in the media and elsewhere will mark another key date: July 3.
On July 3, 1945, the great atomic scientist Leo Szilard finished a letter/petition that would become the strongest (virtually the only) real attempt at halting President Truman's march to using the atomic bomb--still almost two weeks from its first test at Trinity--against Japanese cities.
Former Trump administration official refers to a renowned Black scholar as ‘some criminal’
President Donald Trump's former Attorney General Jeff Sessions referred to renowned Black Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. as "some criminal" in an interview with The New York Times Magazine.
Sessions, one of Trump's earliest supporters who was later fired after years of attacks from the president, is currently attempting to reclaim his old Senate seat in Alabama. Sessions has desperately tried to tout his Trumpist credentials on the campaign trail, even as the president has waged a campaign aimed at sabotaging his primary bid.
Miami-Dade cop relieved of duty after punching irate woman at Florida airport
A bad situation turned worse, after a woman missed her flight at Miami International Airport. When police were called, things got even worse.
According to the Miami Herald, body-camera footage, which surfaced Wednesday evening, showed the officer hitting the woman yelling at him.
“You acting like you white when you really Black...what you want to do?” the woman without a mask says.
She then stepped very close to the officer, putting her face against his and that's when he struck her in the face.