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Pentagon is blocking release of a staffer’s memoir — to ‘benefit’ James Mattis: lawsuit

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On Thursday, NBC News reported that Guy Snodgrass, a former Naval aviator and aide to ex-Defense Secretary James Mattis, has filed a lawsuit alleging that the Pentagon is “obstructing and infringing on his right” to publish a memoir documenting his time in the Trump administration.

Snodgrass asserts that the Pentagon’s delay of the memoir, “Holding the Line: Inside Trump’s Pentagon with Secretary Mattis,” was done “with the acquiescence, if not complicity of” Mattis, and was in fact done to “benefit” the former secretary by ensuring that his own memoir, “Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead,” would be published first.

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He also alleges that Pentagon officials “unlawfully demanded the redaction of wholesale chapters that it has acknowledged are unclassified” and “implicitly threatened” potential “retaliation were he to violate alleged loyalty oaths sought” by Mattis.

“Holding the Line” was initially scheduled to come out on October 29, which was already nearly two months after the release date of “Call Sign Chaos” on September 3. But Snodgrass asserts Pentagon interference has forced him to push it back even further.

Mattis resigned at the end of last year, after ongoing political quarrels with President Donald Trump over national security. “Call Sign Chaos” reportedly only occasionally mentions Trump by name, but is nonetheless peppered with criticism of his former boss.


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#PresidentPelosi Trends After Sondland Testimony Implicates Pence in Trump Ukraine Scheme

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The hashtag #PresidentPelosi was trending Wednesday as Ambassador Gordon Sondland testified to the House Intelligence Committee in the impeachment hearings on President Donald Trump's Ukrainian schemes for assistance in the 2020 election and implicated Vice President Mike Pence in the effort.

If Trump and Pence are both removed from office over their involvement in the plot, the next in line for the presidency is House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

"I'm fine with Pelosi serving as interim president until we hold an election," tweeted activist Bree Newsom. "Both Trump and Pence are implicated in this conspiracy to extort Ukraine."

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Trump claims not to ‘know’ Gordon Sondland very well — but the evidence suggests otherwise

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President Donald Trump attempted to distance himself Wednesday from his hand-selected European Union Ambassador Gordon Sondland. At the same time, Trump claimed that Sondland’s stunning testimony, which alleged that the president had ordered a “quid pro quo” with Ukraine, in fact, vindicated him.

“Was there a ‘quid pro quo’?” Sondland said in his testimony to the House Intelligence Committee Wednesday. "The answer is ‘yes.’”

Sondland further claimed that “everyone was in the loop” and all actions were “directed” by the president.

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The latest GOP defense of Trump crumbles in impeachment hearing

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It was a day of blockbuster day of testimony from E.U. Ambassador Gordon Sondland, in which Sondland — who once gave Donald Trump a million dollars for his inauguration — decided to save his own hide by ratting out not just Trump and his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, but seemingly half the senior staff of the White House.

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