White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was bombarded by at least six reporters wanting to know if President Joe Biden has confidence in General Mark Milley, after news about a soon-to-be published book claims the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during the end of the Trump presidency contacted his counterpart in China to promise the U.S. would not wage war against that country.
Donald Trump accused Gen. Milley of committing “treason” in light of the reports, and Republicans in Congress and others have demanded his resignation.
Psaki effectively nuked all the attacks on Chairman Milley, repeatedly assuring White House reporters that President Biden has “complete confidence” in his Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman.
But she also made certain reporters understood that while Milley was not acting beyond his role, Donald Trump was president and was “fomenting an insurrection.”
“This president, this current president, who follows the Constitution, who’s not fomenting an insurrection, who follows the rule of law, has complete confidence in Chairman Milley and him continuing to serve in his role.”
“This current president … who’s not fomenting an insurrection, who follows the rule of law, has complete confidence in Chairman Milley.”
— WH Press Sec. Jen Psaki on report that General Mark Milley took secret action to limit Trump’s ability to launch nuclear weapons. pic.twitter.com/2J7ELydrGm
— The Recount (@therecount) September 15, 2021
She also smacked down the question from one reporter who asked if Milley could continue serving given how Republicans are attacking him.
“I don’t think,” Psaki said, that President Biden “is looking for the guidance of members of Congress who stood by while” Donald Trump, “the leader of their party, fomented an insurrection and many of them were silent.”
“I don’t think the president is looking for the guidance of members of Congress who stood by while… the leader of their party fomented an insurrection and many of them were silent,” press sec. Jen Psaki says on GOP criticism of Gen. Mark Milley. https://t.co/gRd8kNVylC pic.twitter.com/EbTVpNGmn8
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) September 15, 2021
Psaki was forced to remind another reporter that it’s a “good thing,” that Milley took the actions he did, “because obviously we want to prevent nuclear war.”
She also called Milley “a man of honor,” and “a man who thev president is confident in his leadership, his patriotism, his fidelity to the Constitution.”
Pres. Biden has “complete confidence” in Gen. Mark Milley’s “leadership, his patriotism and his fidelity to our Constitution,” White House press sec. Jen Psaki says following revelations in new book about his time in the Trump administration. https://t.co/LENCKQwHsc pic.twitter.com/0b6lu3tXxM
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) September 15, 2021
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Cops Remove ‘Disorderly’ GOP US Senate Candidate Josh Mandel From School Board Meeting: Report
Trump-loving Ohio GOP Senate candidate Josh Mandel was removed from a Butler County school board meeting after he got up and berated the board over its policies on masks and transgender students.
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Mandel was invited to the meeting by school board candidate Darbi Boddy, who said she wanted him to speak on her behalf even though he didn’t even live in the district.
Although the board does allow nonresidents to address the board if a resident introduces them as their designee, Boddy apparently failed to follow proper protocols, which led the school board to ask Mandel to stop speaking.
Mandel, however, refused and continued to attack the board for forcing children to wear masks in schools during the COVID-19 pandemic.
At this point, two Butler County Sheriff’s officers escorted Mandel out of the meeting, and the Enquirer notes that board members may ask for assistance from law enforcement officials when “a disorderly person when that person’s conduct interferes with the orderly progress of the meeting.”
In an interview with the Enquirer, Mandel decried the shabby treatment he received.
“The school board was in total violation of their own rules and of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution,” Mandel said in the interview. “They should be ashamed of themselves.”
Watch video of Mandel at the school board meeting below.
I just got escorted out of the Lakota School Board meeting for speaking out against mask mandates.
Thanks to the moms who invited me to speak.
We are still in charge of our kids — even if Biden tries to call us “Domestic Terrorists”. pic.twitter.com/XXGisR89Hp
— Josh Mandel (@JoshMandelOhio) October 12, 2021
Jan. 6 Committee Expected to Subpoena Former DOJ Official Accused of Scheming With Trump to Overturn Election
The House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack is expected to issue yet another subpoena, this time to Jeffrey Clark, a former Trump DOJ official reports say schemed with then-President Donald Trump to become acting attorney general and then force Georgia officials to overturn the 2020 election.
Clark, according to a New York Times report, “had been devising ways to cast doubt on the election results and to bolster Mr. Trump’s continuing legal battles and the pressure on Georgia politicians.” Because acting attorney general Jeffrey Rosen “had refused the president’s entreaties to carry out those plans, Mr. Trump was about to decide whether to fire Mr. Rosen and replace him with Mr. Clark.”
The Washington Post and CNN report the Committee is expected to issue that subpoena later today.
Last week Dick Durbin, Senator Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, urged the DC Bar to investigate Clark:
Jeffrey Clark’s efforts to enlist DOJ in Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the election could have resulted in the collapse of the Department of Justice into a political entity. I’m urging the D.C. Bar to open an investigation into his serious violations of professional conduct. https://t.co/fg8m3yzHWL
— Senator Dick Durbin (@SenatorDurbin) October 7, 2021
US Marshals May Be Called to Round Up Former Trump Aides Who Disobey Jan. 6 Subpoenas: House Investigator
A member of the U.S. House select committee explained how Donald Trump’s allies might be rounded up and arrested if they continued to defy congressional subpoenas in the Jan. 6 investigation.
Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-FL) appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” where she called for fines or jail time for former Trump advisers who flout orders for their testimony and documents related to the insurrection, and she revealed what questions the committee had for former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and others served with the subpoenas.
“I want to know how much planning was involved, who was involved in the planning, who funded it, how they — what their intent was when they came into that day, and then what they knew as that day unfolded and the safety and security of people like the vice president and members of Congress were at risk, [and] what they did, either to respond or not respond on that occasion,” Murphy said.
If those individuals don’t show up for their scheduled testimony, Murphy said they could be taken into custody by the U.S. Marshals Service.
“We have engaged with a wide variety of law enforcement offices, including the U.S. Marshals, in order to issue the subpoenas,” Murphy said. “We will use everything, as you said, with all due respect, we will use all of the agencies and all of the tools at our disposal to issue the subpoenas and enforce them.”
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