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Wed Jul 19, 2017, 03:19 PM

Who will be the next Trump staffer to go?

Source: Washington Post Opinion Staff

Which Trump staffer do you think will be next to fall or flee? Read on. The reader with the best guesstimate will receive a free "Democracy Dies in Darkness” T-shirt. Congratulations to last round’s winners, Mo Dodge and Sara Wisner!


David Boaz, executive vice president of the libertarian Cato Institute: “Rex Tillerson spent 40 years rising to the top of Exxon, an organization that made decisions in an orderly manner, based on research and study. He will soon tire of working in a chaotic organization, in which he can’t appoint senior staff, decisions and policies are subject to being overridden on Twitter, and the boss’s son-in-law usurps his authority.”

Ron Klain, former chief of staff to Vice Presidents Al Gore and Joe Biden: “I think Attorney General Jeff Sessions will be the first to go. Yes, Spicer will lose his podium, but he’ll still have a White House job. And Priebus remains at risk, but hangs on. I think Sessions is likely to go because the number one thorn in Trump’s side is the Russia investigation, and the only way to exercise any leverage over it is with a new attorney general. Sessions is recused, and Trump has tweeted his anger at the official reports to deputy attorney general Rod J. Rosenstein, who has ruled out firing or constraining Mueller. The only way for Trump to regain any control is to have Sessions leave, and replace him with an AG who is not conflicted — making that new Trump pick the person to whom Mueller reports, who can try to impact Mueller’s work — or fire him if that is what Trump wants.”

Bruce Ackerman, Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale: “First to go, Rex Tillerson. He is regularly humiliated by Trump, and his effort at State Department reorganization has failed to get off the ground — isolating him from the area specialists who could support his quasi-sensible impulses with serious analysis, making it easy for the president’s ignorant cronies, like Jared Kushner, to dominate crucial diplomatic initiatives. There is nothing left for him to do but resign.”

The Guesstimator: While Spicer may be in hot water, we predict he’s getting kicked upstairs, not out the door. Instead, we see a near-term exit for Reince Priebus. In the second week in June, Politico reported that Trump had berated his chief of staff for the White House “mess” and was giving him until the Fourth of July to clean it up. That was supposed to coincide with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s deadline for health reform passage, so the reckoning obviously has been delayed. But Priebus, with apologies to John Donne: Ask not for whom the ax swings, it swings for thee.

Read it all at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/wp/2017/07/18/who-will-be-the-next-trump-staffer-to-go/?utm_term=.5b0bd767919a&wpisrc=nl_most-draw14&wpmm=1

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Thu Jul 20, 2017, 02:19 AM

1. Sessions

After his outburst over Sessions' recusal from the Russia investigation, and Sessions' either inability or unwillingness to shut down same, Trump will ditch Sessions...probably by the end of the month.

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Sat Jul 22, 2017, 10:37 PM

2. Preibus. n/t

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