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Mon Aug 31, 2020, 08:35 AM

Trump offered Kelly FBI director's job, demanded loyalty: report


BY ZACK BUDRYK - 08/31/20 07:31 AM EDT


President Trump offered the position of FBI director to then-Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly in exchange for a guarantee of personal loyalty, New York Times reporter Michael Schmidt writes in his upcoming book, “Donald Trump v. The United States.”

"Kelly immediately realized the problem with Trump's request for loyalty, and he pushed back on the president's demand," Schmidt writes, according to an excerpt obtained by Axios. "Kelly said that he would be loyal to the Constitution and the rule of law, but he refused to pledge his loyalty to Trump."

The incident reportedly occurred shortly after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, who has claimed the president made a similar demand of him.

"In addition to illustrating how Trump viewed the role and independence of senior officials who work for him, the president's demand for loyalty tracked with Comey's experience with Trump," Schmidt writes, according to Axios.

More:
https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/514369-trump-offered-kelly-fbi-directors-job-demanded-loyalty-report

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Judi Lynn Aug 2020 OP
Renew Deal Aug 2020 #1
empedocles Aug 2020 #2
raging moderate Aug 2020 #4
LastDemocratInSC Aug 2020 #5
raging moderate Aug 2020 #6
empedocles Aug 2020 #7
Eugene Aug 2020 #3

Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Aug 31, 2020, 08:39 AM

1. We should be happy he didn't offer it to kellyanne

What did Wray pledge go Trump?

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Aug 31, 2020, 08:39 AM

2. So all the trump appointees got on their knees before trump? Judges, including Scotus also?

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Response to empedocles (Reply #2)

Mon Aug 31, 2020, 08:58 AM

4. Remember that odd Cabinet meeting Loyalty Ritual?

There was that Cabinet meeting that began with a lengthy ritual in which the camera went around the table of Cabinet officers. Each and every one of them recited a little statement extolling the virtues of Donald J. Trump, as he sat there nodding emphatically.

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Response to raging moderate (Reply #4)

Mon Aug 31, 2020, 09:45 AM

5. It was like the heads of the Five Families

gathering around a conference table in a social club in Queens, giving tribute to the Don, literally.

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Response to LastDemocratInSC (Reply #5)

Mon Aug 31, 2020, 09:46 AM

6. Yes, that was VERY Mafioso.

It was like a scene out of The Godfather.

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Response to raging moderate (Reply #6)

Mon Aug 31, 2020, 09:54 AM

7. Seems that the mafia Dons had more self-respect than the abject submission of the trumpers.

Mafia don's protected their territory vigorously.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Aug 31, 2020, 08:41 AM

3. *NOW* he speaks up about the flagrant corruption happening in front of him.


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