Special Counsel Robert Mueller issued subpoenas to the Trump Organization seeking records of its alleged business in Russia, as President Donald Trump desperately tried to quell reports about a White House in chaos, following unexpected staff shakeups.
Top policy adviser Gary Cohn quit as director of the National Economic Council after Trump imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum.
Lawrence Alan Kudlow, a conservative television commentator was appointed to replace the former president and chief operating officer at Goldman Sachs in the West Wing.
On the eve of the biggest economic collapse since the Great Depression, Kudlow chided those who worried about a looming recession and a bursting housing bubble on Wall Street as prognosticators of “doom and gloom.”
A Washington Post editorial flatly stated, “Kudlow may have been more wrong about the economy than anyone alive.”
Despite her record of running a black prison site and ordering destruction of waterboarding videos, Gina Haspel was chosen to head the Central Intelligence Agency after current CIA Director Mike Pompeo was named as Secretary of State to replace Rex Tillerson. Both appointees are subject to Senate confirmation.
Trump announced he was firing Tillerson, a former ExxonMobil CEO, in a message on Twitter, despite the fact that he was fourth in line for the presidency and as recently as January, he told CNN, “I intend to be here for the whole year.”
State Department spokesperson Steve Goldstein was fired for dispatching a statement that confirmed Trump did not speak to Tillerson or inform him of the reason for his firing.
Trump, whose television catchphrase was “You’re fired,” couldn’t bring himself to personally dismiss either FBI Director James Comey or America’s top diplomat. Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe issued a fiery statement saying Trump ordered Sessions to fire him.
Together those three incidents confirm accounts that for all his bravado, Trump is too cowardly to actually fire people himself.
An analysis by the Brookings Institution found that Trump’s staff turnover is higher than the five previous presidents.
The latest in a series of high-profile departures from the Trump administration sorted by departure date include: Sally Yates, Michael Flynn, Katie Walsh, K.T. McFarland, Vivek Murthy, Angella Reid, James Comey, Michael Dubke, Tera Dahl, Walter Shaub, Mark Corallo, Sean Spicer, Rich Higgins, Michael Short, Derek Harvey, Reince Priebus , Anthony Scaramucci, George Gigicos, Ezra Cohen-Watnick, Steve Bannon, Carl Icahn, Sebastian Gorka, Keith Schiller, Tom Price, George Sifakis, Rick Dearborn, Jeremy Katz, Dina Powell, Omarosa M. Newman, Andrew McCabe, Brenda Fitzgerald, Taylor Weyeneth, Rob Porter, David Sorensen, Rachel Brand, John Feeley, John McEntee and Hope Hicks.
National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster and Josh Raffel, a senior communications official who has been a crisis manager and who has worked closely with Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, have said they will leave the White House though their exact departure dates are still to be determined.
According to White House aides and outsiders familiar with the situation, White House chief-of-staff John Kelly, a former Marine general, is also in peril of being fired.
Richard Painter called former U.N. ambassador John Bolton’s potential selection as security advisor role “an invitation to to war, perhaps nuclear war” and the former George W. Bush administration chief White House ethics lawyer said that his appointment “must be stopped at all costs.”
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