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WATCH: Katie Porter tears down defense contractor whose employee bragged about ripping off taxpayers
On Wednesday, during a hearing, Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA) grilled Nick Howley, the executive of defense contractor TransDigm, about private boasts that the company was ripping off taxpayers — and it didn't go well for him.
"Do you recognize these words?" asked Porter. "Quote, 'We didn't have to give up a dime. I'm just full of B.S., and they took the bait.'"
"I don't — I don't have knowledge or recall it," said Howley.
"Okay," said Porter. "That is from a TransDigm exhibit. You don't need to see it, but that is from an exhibit in this investigation. That is your salespeople talking about a deal that they had just made with the military for jet engine parts in 2018. 'We don't have to give up a dime.' Your salesperson said, 'I'm just full of B.S., and they [being the D.O.D. and taxpayers] took the bait.' Mr. Howley, does TransDigm have a code of business ethics and conduct?"
"Oh, as any company does," said Howley. "Of course we do. It's on our website."
"Okay, does that code require fair dealing?" asked Porter.
"Yes," said Howley. "And it says what it says, but of course it requires fair dealing."
"Do you think it's fair dealing to be full of bull sh*t and get the taxpayers to take the bait?" asked Porter.
"I don't have a comment on that," said Howley. "I'm not familiar with that situation. I don't know what it is. I don't know who the person is. I don't know them. I just can't comment on it."
"Mr. Howley, will you find out who that person is?" asked Porter.
"I presume you have it," said Howley after a slight pause. "You have an email. I presume you have it. I don't know who it is."
"Mr. Howley, as Executive Chair of the board, being paid $68 million when a typical board member of a Fortune 100 company receives $319,000 — I mean, here is the typical board member of a Fortune 100 company. See this flat line? You can't even see it. Here's you. For $68 million, you need to enforce your company's code of business ethics."
In an internal email, a salesperson for TransDigm\u2014a defense contractor\u2014bragged about "being full of B.S." but still making a deal that ripped off taxpayers. Today, I confronted TransDigm's Executive Chairman about the company's price gouging. His response? No comment.pic.twitter.com/6uF0ONwL2Q— Rep. Katie Porter (@Rep. Katie Porter) 1642630696
Former president Donald Trump lashed out at New York Attorney General Letitia James on Wednesday, after her office unveiled specific new evidence that his company engaged in fraud.
On Tuesday, in a motion seeking to force Trump to testify as part of an ongoing civil probe, the New York AG's office accused the former president's company of repeatedly misrepresenting the value of its assets to bolster its bottom line.
On Wednesday, Trump appeared on the Mark Levin Show, where the conservative radio host brought up the many ongoing investigations the former president is facing, including from a House Select Committee investigating the Capitol insurrection.
"What is it about you, you apparently scare the hell of these people, that they really want to put a stake through your heart?" Levin said.
"There's never been anything like this," Trump responded. "They've weaponized all of these law enforcement agencies, and we didn't. It's a bad thing to do, but we didn't."
"We didn't do anything with regard to his son," Trump added, apparently referring to President Joe Biden's son, Hunter Biden.
"We didn't, you know — they come after my kids, who are great kids, and just, it's a disgrace, but they've weaponized it," he said. "And the people who are doing it are the people who campaigned. You look at the attorney general in New York — just take a look at that. This is a woman that went out and campaigned on getting Trump. She got into office by viciously campaigning about Trump. I used to hear about her. I'd say, 'Who the hell is that?' And it was horrible what she was saying."
"And then she gets in, and even after she was in, she thought it was so funny, she went on The View a couple of weeks ago — and, you know, very threatening — and horrible that you're allowed to do that, and you're not really allowed to do that."
"He was a prosecutor out of control and it was a very bad thing for the state of New York and the country and all, and he ended up burning and crashing," Trump said.
In a 2019 obituary, the New York Times wrote of Dejari: "To his defenders, and there were many among ordinary New Yorkers in his heyday, Mr. Nadjari was an almost mythological figure, that rare honest man mounting a fearless, lonely fight against crooked police officers, corrupt judges and powerful politicians wallowing in graft. To his detractors, many in law-enforcement and among civil libertarians, he was a grand inquisitor who used illegal wiretaps, entrapment scams, unsupported allegations and leaks to the press in a ruthless, messianic pursuit of villainy that destroyed reputations and innocent lives."
Trump also brought up James' brief campaign for governor.
"She got no poll numbers, it was a disaster," Trump said. "She was gone for six weeks, and then she said she's going back (to the AG's office) to do big things. I wonder what she meant by big things. But this shouldn't be taking place in our country. Nothing like this has ever happened."
Watch the full interview below.
Indicted Trump ally Steve Bannon on Wednesday ranted about the fact that President Joe Biden said that there were five Republican senators who told him in secret they wanted to support him, but couldn't do so out of fear of facing primary challenges by pro-Trump candidates.
During his daily "War Room" podcast, Bannon said he was not surprised to learn that five GOP senators secretly harbored anti-Trump thoughts.
"The five traitors -- and this is the scumbags and slimeballs you have here in the nation's capital -- he got five Republican senators have told him they agree with what he's doing," Bannon fumed. "They agree with what he's doing and they would vote and support him, but they're afraid of, wait for it, the War Room Posse."
Bannon then called on these five senators to publicly identify themselves while also speculating that Sen. Lindsey Graham was one of them.
"Have enough guts to step up and tell us, Lindsey Graham, who you are," he said. "We need you guys to step up to the plate, Lindsey Graham!"
Watch the video below.
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