Former Vice President Joe Biden will make history by having a female-led communications team in the White House, the Washington Post reported on Sunday. The only problem with the claim is that President Trump’s communications team is led across the board by women right now.
“Jennifer Psaki, a veteran Democratic spokeswoman, will be Biden’s White House press secretary, one of seven women who will fill the upper ranks of his administration’s communications staff. It is the first time all of the top aides tasked with speaking on behalf of an administration and shaping its message will be female,” the Post’s Annie Linskey and Jeff Stein falsely claimed.
NPR’s Benjamin Swasey and Franco Ordoñez also regurgitated the spin from the Biden team, writing that it would be “the first time in history” such roles were filled by women.
White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Matthews, a woman, noted that the Trump administration’s communications team is entirely female-led right now:
It’s difficult to believe that Washington Post and NPR reporters on the White House beat are unaware of the fact that women lead the Trump communications team.
Kayleigh McEnany is the current press secretary for President Trump, the third woman in a row to hold that role for the current president. She is also the third mother in a row to hold that role.
Communications Director Alyssa Farah is a woman who has served in communications roles with the Trump administration for more than three years.
The vice president’s communications director is Katie Miller. She is a woman.
The first lady’s spokesperson is Stephanie Grisham. She is a woman who previously served as President Trump’s press secretary. And Karen Pence’s director of communications is Kara Brooks, also a woman.
Anyone with passing familiarity with the Trump administration’s communications team knows that, in the Post’s phrasing, all of the top aides tasked with speaking on behalf of an administration and shaping its message are female. As Ben Williamson, a deputy advisor to the president, joked:
Rather than admit that these stories were wrong and that Trump was the first president to have all-female leadership of his communications team, reporters pointed to lower-level men in the White House communications team to deflect. Here’s Maggie Haberman of The New York Times, for instance, responding to McEnany’s tweet on the matter:
Haberman could have emailed or called Deere and asked him. Or she could have perused his Twitter account, where he’d already tweeted the following:
The Trump White House would be known for its high placement of females in key roles if the media were even remotely honest about the facts. Throughout his administration, women have been many of President Trump’s top advisors and communications leaders.
Under President Trump, as was reported by The Federalist in June, “For the first time in history, half of the senior leaders of the National Security Council are women. Twelve of the 24 directorates are led by women now, including three of the six regional directorates that cover the world.” They include Dr. Deborah Birx, Allison Hooker, Elizabeth Erin Walsh, Sue Bai, and Julia Nesheiwat, all women.
As Rebeccah Heinrichs, a Hudson Institute senior fellow, noted:
The trumpeting of false claims that are beneficial to Biden and other Democrats while ignoring the achievements of Trump and Republicans is typical for many media corporations. Many reporters alternate between cartoonish hostility to Trump and sycophantic obeisance toward Biden. A few examples from Yamiche Alcindor, who particularly beclowned herself during the Trump era, and others.
While it’s lovely that political media are so encouraging and supportive of Biden operatives, the contrast with their posture toward Trump officials is difficult to ignore. And it’s not that there isn’t embarrassing material to highlight for the new Biden team:
Psaki was previously a contributor to CNN and might be best remembered for her role in a scandal involving the Obama-Biden administration’s deletion of embarrassing footage from a State Department video press conference.
Mollie Ziegler Hemingway is a senior editor at The Federalist. She is Senior Journalism Fellow at Hillsdale College and a Fox News contributor. She is the co-author of Justice on Trial: The Kavanaugh Confirmation and the Future of the Supreme Court. Follow her on Twitter at @mzhemingway
Source: The Federalist : Media Say Biden’s Female-Led Comms Team Is A First. It’s What Trump Has Now
Georgia Prosecutor Increasingly Likely To Open Criminal Investigation Into President Trump
‘…it tracks the communication you might see in any drug case or organized crime case’
A top Georgia prosecutor is reportedly considering whether to open a criminal investigation into President Donald Trump’s alleged “attempts to overturn the results of the state’s 2020 election,” the New York Times reported. In fact, the Times reported that a criminal probe into Trump has become “increasingly likely.”
According to the report, the central concern of a possible investigation would be Trump’s call to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R) earlier this month in which Trump allegedly demanded that Georgia officials overturn Joe Biden’s victory there.
The controversial phone call was cited in the new article of impeachment against Trump, which House Democrats passed this week.
From the New York Times:
The new Fulton County district attorney, Fani Willis, is already weighing whether to proceed, and among the options she is considering is the hiring of a special assistant from outside to oversee the investigation, according to people familiar with her office’s deliberations.
At the same time, David Worley, the lone Democrat on Georgia’s five-member election board, said this week that he would ask the board to make a referral to the Fulton County district attorney by next month.
Although Trump’s supporters have defended his call with Raffensperger, others have claimed the call is evidence that Trump committed a crime.
In fact, Slate claimed that Trump broke federal and state laws, citing one federal law that prohibits one from “knowingly and willfully…attempts to deprive or defraud the residents of a State of a fair and impartially conducted election process, by…the procurement, casting, or tabulation of ballots that are known by the person to be materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent under the laws of the State in which the election is held.”
Indeed, a former U.S. Attorney in Georgia, Michael J. Moore, told the Times that, in his legal opinion, there was “a clear attempt to influence the conduct of the secretary of state, and to commit election fraud, or to solicit the commission of election fraud” by Trump in his phone conversation with Raffensperger.
“If you took the fact out that he is the president of the United States and look at the conduct of the call, it tracks the communication you might see in any drug case or organized crime case,” Moore explained. “It’s full of threatening undertone and strong-arm tactics.”
What about impeachment?
The House voted to impeach Trump for a second time this week, charging him with “incitement of insurrection.”
The impeachment article claims Trump’s rhetoric about the election, that it was “stolen” or “rigged,” incited the deadly violence on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, the same day a joint-session of Congress convened to certify Biden’s Electoral College victory.
The impeachment resolution was approved by a vote of 232-197. Every Democrat supported the resolution, and they were joined by 10 Republicans, including Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), the third-highest ranking House Republican.
Author: Chris Enloe
Alan Dershowitz: House Violated Constitution
President Donald Trump did not commit any impeachable offenses, but the House violated the Constitution to suggest he did and are, ironically, immune from reprisals, according to constitutional law expert Alan Dershowitz on Newsmax TV.
“We all hear that the president is not above the law, but Congress is not above the law: When Congress impeached the president earlier this week, they committed six independent violations of the Constitution,” Dershowitz told “Saturday Report.”
“They violated the free speech provision. They violated the impeachment criteria. They violated the bill of attainder. They violated due process, on and on and on.”
Ironically, lawmakers are protected from legal culpability from their congressional actions, so unlike they are doing with the president, they cannot be sought for the allegations against them.
“But the only sanction is to vote them out of office and to bring them to trial in the court of public opinion,” Dershowitz told host Carl Higbie. “Senators and congressmen are immune from lawsuits for what they do or say on the floor of the Senate, so there can’t be any personal lawsuits.
“And I wouldn’t favor recriminations.”
All House Democrats and 10 Republicans impeached the president for the second time this week for inciting the storming of the Capitol on Jan. 6, but the president’s pursuit of an Electoral College challenge is not grounds for impeachment, Dershowitz noted.
“How can you impeach a president for a speech that is constitutionally protected?” he lamented.
Ultimately, impeachment should die in the Senate as it did the last time, according to Dershowitz, a member of the president’s first Senate impeachment trial team.
“The Constitution is very clear, the purpose of impeachment is removal,” he concluded, adding the president will be out of office by the time a trial can be held, pointing to the precedent of former President Richard Nixon’s resignation ending an impeachment trial in the Senate.
“The Senate cannot try an ordinary citizen.”
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Source: News Max : Alan Dershowitz to Newsmax TV: House Violated Constitution
Acosta Thanks Colleagues, Judge After WH Ordered To Return His Pass: Let’s Go Back To Work
CNN’s Jim Acosta thanked his colleagues and the judge who ordered the White House to — at least temporarily — return his hard pass on Friday and restore his regular access to daily press briefings.
BREAKING: Judge grants CNN’s request for a temporary restraining order to restore Jim Acosta’s press pass in a limited ruling on Fifth Amendment grounds. https://t.co/9ToenqSZgd
— NBC News (@NBCNews) November 16, 2018
“I want to thank all of my colleagues in the press who have supported us this week,” Acosta told reporters as he left the courtroom. “And I want to thank the judge for the decision he made today. And — let’s go back to work!”
CNN also offered a statement on the ruling, saying, “We are gratified with this result and we look forward to a full resolution in the coming days. Our sincere thanks to all who have supported not just CNN, but a free, strong and independent American press.”
Statement from CNN and @Acosta on today’s ruling: “We are gratified with this result and we look forward to a full resolution in the coming days. Our sincere thanks to all who have supported not just CNN, but a free, strong and independent American press.”
— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) November 16, 2018
Acosta was allowed to return to the White House immediately following the ruling.
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) November 16, 2018
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) November 16, 2018
His return may be temporary, however, because in Friday’s ruling, the judge also provided a roadmap for the White House to follow in order to revoke any reporter’s hard pass without pushback from the court.
NEW: White House responds to order to restore Jim Acosta's press pass as case progresses: "We will temporarily reinstate the reporter’s hard pass. We will also further develop rules and processes to ensure fair and orderly press conferences in the future." https://t.co/t3JVuFI560 pic.twitter.com/h5Um0VzvbP
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) November 16, 2018
The court ruled in Acosta’s favor based on the argument that his Fifth Amendment rights were violated — saying that the White House did not allow Acosta due process.
As White House press secretary Sarah Sanders noted in her response, the court also made it clear that no reporter had “an absolute First Amendment Right to access the White House.” As such, the court’s ruling opened the door for the White House to revoke any reporter’s hard pass provided due process was granted.
Author: Virginia Kruta
Source: Daily Caller : Acosta Thanks Colleagues, Judge After WH Ordered To Return His Pass: ‘Let’s Go Back To Work’
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