Drinking while watching MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show led to death threats against Republicans Mitch McConnell and Scott Pruitt that sparked an FBI investigation.
An individual admitted to sending threatening tweets against the Senate majority leader and Environmental Protection Agency administrator, according to the EPA’s inspector general investigation document, first reportedby E&E News.
The unidentified person from Paragould, Ark., said they meant the threats as a “flippant comment” and sent the tweets when they were “drinking while watching the Rachel Maddow show.”
The threats were serious enough for the Office of Investigations to open a joint inquiry with the FBI, the Joint Terrorism Task Force, and the Tulsa Police Department in Oklahoma.
Agents discovered the threatening tweets sent while watching the episode on April 9. The suspect was questioned on April 12. The individual was investigated for violating title 18 of the U.S. code for “influencing, impeding, or retaliating against a federal official by threatening.” – READ MORE
Todd pointed out Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell’s (R.-KY) reaction seemed “orchestrated.”
“Is Mitch McConnell the way he has been — this clearly felt almost orchestrated — the minute, within an hour this came out many of the McConnell’s allies came out said he has to go. It sounds like Mitch McConnell has decided it is worse if Roy Moore wins.”
Former White House chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon says that the biggest mistake the Trump campaign made after winning the election was trusting the establishment to staff the populist president-elect’s administration.
“In the 48 hours after we won … you might call it the original sin of the administration. We embraced the establishment,” Bannon said during an interview with CBS News anchor Charlie Rose for 60 Minutes. “I mean, we totally embraced the establishment.”
He explained that he and Trump, his son-in-law Jared Kushner, and the rest of the family realized that they had to put together a government and let establishment Republicans into the administration.
“Our whole campaign was a little bit the island of misfit toys,” Bannon said.
He said that Senate Majority Mitch McConnell did not want Trump to drain the swamp and was acting against the president’s populist, economic agenda.
“They do not support the President’s program. It’s an open secret on Capitol Hill. Everybody in this city knows it,” he said.
CBS’s Charlie Rose was at the famed “Breitbart Embassy” in Washington, D.C., Wednesday to film a marquee segment for Sunday’s 60 Minutes broadcast.
BANNON: The Republican establishment is trying to nullify the 2016 election. That’s a brutal fact we have to face.
ROSE: The Republican establishment?
BANNON: The Republican establishment.
ROSE: Wants to nullify the 2016 election?
BANNON: Trying to nullify the 2016 election. Absolutely.
BANNON: I think Mitch McConnell, and to a degree, Paul Ryan. They do not want Donald Trump’s populist, economic nationalist agenda to be implemented. It’s very obvious. It’s obvious as– it’s obvious as the– it’s obvious as night follows day.
ROSE: Give me a story that illustrates that.
BANNON: Oh, Mitch McConnell when we first met him, I mean, he was– he was– he– he said, I think in one of the first meetings in Trump Tower with the president, as we’re wrapping up, he basically says, “I don’t wanna hear any more of this ‘drain the swamp’ talk.” He– c– flat out. He goes, “A guy up on Capitol Hill can’t buy a Coke unless it’s gotta be reported.” He says, “I can’t– I can’t hire any smart people,” because everybody’s all over him for reporting requirements and the pay, et cetera, and the scrutiny. You know, “You gotta back off that.” The “Drain the Swamp” thing was– is Mitch McConnell was day one did not wanna– did not wanna go there. Wanted us to back off.
ROSE: You are attacking on many fronts people who you need to help you to get things done.
BANNON: They’re not gonna help you unless they’re put on notice. They’re gonna be held accountable if they do not support the President of the United States. Right now there’s no accountability. They have totally– they do not support the president’s program. It’s an open secret on Capitol Hill. Everybody in this city knows it.
ROSE: And so therefore, now that you’re out of the White House, you’re going to war with them?
( True Pundit ) The White House is accusing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of waging a clandestine smear campaign against President Donald Trump, leaking sensitive internal communications shared with the President to the New York Times and possibly other media, according to administration officials.
“The President knows exactly what the senator (McConnell) has done,” a White House official said. “And the President will address this in his own way. Privately.”
The honeymoon — if you can call it that — appears to be officially over for the GOP leaders. And that might be a very bad thing for McConnell whose popularity is sliding in his home state of Kentucky.
According to White House insiders, President Trump was furious when the New York Times published a long hit piece on the president’s growing feud with McConnell. The piece included detailed communications between Trump and McConnell that, according to White House sources, were almost verbatim. Moreover, it is believe the article was timed to try to steal some of Trump’s thunder from his Monday night address to the nation on military plans in Afghanistan, officials said.
At a time when Trump should have been celebrating his speech from Tuesday night in Arizona — which likewise was well received by supporters — the mood on Wednesday was tamped down by the realization that the GOP leader had ratted out and betrayed the GOP President of the United States to the house organ publication of the Democratic party: The New York Times.
Stopping just short of calling the Kentucky Senator a rat, True Pundit’s White House sources said McConnell either leaked the information to the Times himself or instructed aides to do it for him. Either way, they said, the Senate leader no longer deserves blanket trust from the Trump administration.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wonders whether Trump’s presidency can survive after a series of setbacks in recent months. ( You mean setbacks thanks to GOP swamp like you, Paul Ryan and John McCain )
A McConnell-backed Super PAC has been carpet-bombing pro-Trump conservatives in other races
A green light from McConnell signals it’s open season on Trump
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, thinks so little of President Donald Trump as their relationship has “disintegrated” that he wonders whether Trump’s presidency can survive after a series of setbacks in recent months, per a new report from the New York Times.
The Times’ Alex Burns and Jonathan Martin wrote late Tuesday:
The relationship between President Trump and Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, has disintegrated to the point that they have not spoken to each other in weeks, and Mr. McConnell has privately expressed uncertainty that Mr. Trump will be able to salvage his administration after a series of summer crises. What was once an uneasy governing alliance has curdled into a feud of mutual resentment and sometimes outright hostility, complicated by the position of Mr. McConnell’s wife, Elaine L. Chao, in Mr. Trump’s cabinet, according to more than a dozen people briefed on their imperiled partnership. Angry phone calls and private badmouthing have devolved into open conflict, with the president threatening to oppose Republican senators who cross him, and Mr. McConnell mobilizing to their defense.
The report, filled with explosive details, spells trouble for the two GOP heavyweights walking into a month of serious major political maelstroms with the debt ceiling, spending bill, tax reform, and a retry at healthcare looming–among other fights. Both Trump and McConnell themselves refused comment for the Times story, but McConnell spokesman Don Stewart said the president and majority leader had “shared goals” including “tax reform, infrastructure, funding the government, not defaulting on the debt, passing the defense authorization bill.”
Senate Leadership Fund, a McConnell-backed Super PAC that has been carpet-bombing pro-Trump conservatives in other races, such as in Alabama, dropping a major attack against former state Sen. Kelli Ward of Arizona–a doctor who is challenging Flake in the primary after coming up short against Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) last year. The Times adds:
The fury among Senate Republicans toward Mr. Trump has been building since last month, even before he lashed out at Mr. McConnell. Some of them blame the president for not being able to rally the party around any version of legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act, accusing him of not knowing even the basics about the policy. Senate Republicans also say strong-arm tactics from the White House backfired, making it harder to cobble together votes and have left bad feelings in the caucus.
And outside of what McConnell himself does, his members are more boldly criticizing the president. Senate Foreign Relations committee chairman Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), for instance, ripped Trump’s response to Charlottesville–something the Times implies comes from a green light from McConnell that it’s open season on Trump now.
“Mr. McConnell’s Senate colleagues, however, have grown bolder. The combination of the president’s frontal attacks on Senate Republicans and his claim that there were ‘fine people’ marching with white supremacists in Charlottesville has emboldened lawmakers to criticize Mr. Trump in withering terms,” Burns and Martin wrote. “Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee rebuked Mr. Trump last week for failing to “demonstrate the stability nor some of the competence” required of presidents. On Monday, Senator Susan Collins of Maine said in a television interview that she was uncertain Mr. Trump would be the Republican presidential nominee in 2020.”