MSNBC host Rachel Maddow began her Wednesday show detailing that Jeff Byard, President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead FEMA, has withdrawn his name from nomination because of an “altercation” previously reported.
Already Trump’s FEMA is having problems because of the lead FEMA officials being named in serious bribery scandals. Byard’s boss, in particular, is under a 10-count indictment. To make matters worse, a former deputy is also under indictment, but for a completely different case involving a 2013 Navy scandal.
“Any mystery around that part of the guy’s past would have been cleared up this past year in August when he was indicted by a federal grand jury for his alleged involvement in that Navy bribery scheme,” Maddow reported. “He was arrested thereafter.”
“They must have gotten along so well at the office, right?” Maddow joked. “Secret Santa, ‘Oh, look, you got me a ski mask. Is that a fingerprint removal kit? Oh, my God. Who wants the fake I.D. for opening Swiss bank accounts? I’ll trade you that for the lock picks.’ What was going on? How do you end up with — if you were aiming at hiring multiple felony bribery indicted — I mean…”
Maddow reported that no one was willing to say what the hold up was in the background check, but she explained there was an “altercation.” It was said to have been a barroom brawl.
Ultimately, the Trump administration has now decided to nominate Peter Gaynor.
Michael Flynn’s attorney claims ‘executive privilege’ — then demands judge recuse himself
Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn's lawyers are trying a new tactic to try and get rid of the judge who accepted the guilty plea last year and began the sentencing phase of the trial.
The moment came after Flynn's lawyer, Sidney Powell revealed that she has spoken to the president about Flynn's case, but not before she tried to invoke executive privilege without being an executive, former Army prosecutor Glenn Kirschner tweeted. Powell never had a problem with Judge Sullivan until today. She did, however, write a letter to Attorney General Bill Barr telling him to tell the prosecutors to withdraw the charges of Flynn.
Mueller prosecutor explains why special counsel was scared of being fired by Trump for investigating finances
In an interview with MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell, former special counsel prosecutor Andrew Weissmann said that there are a lot of rules and problems that special counsel Robert Mueller's team faced that Americans were unaware of in the Russia investigation.
"I think the first thing that people need to understand is, for 22 months we were investigating somebody who had an unusual power, and that is he had the power to fire us," Weissmann explained. "I've prosecuted mobsters and Enron executives, and those can be tough cases. But the people you're looking at don't have that power to pull the plug on your investigation."
Trump campaign official buried in mockery for saying Biden is ‘hiding’ something by not agreeing to ear inspection
President Donald Trump's campaign on Tuesday demanded that Democratic rival Joe Biden agree to undergo a thorough ear inspection ahead of the first 2020 presidential debate to ensure that he has not been equipped with any special communications devices.
The Biden campaign has predictably laughed off the Trump campaign's demand -- but that hasn't stopped Trump campaign senior adviser Jason Miller from pressing the issue.