The Trump transition team has been working on Cabinet selections for the Trump Administration. CBS News reported that former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani is a key contender for Trump’s Secretary of State position. CBS also reports that Republican and former presidential candidate Mitt Romney also met with the Trump transition team this weekend regarding the position, and that Ambassador John Bolton is also a consideration for Secretary of State.
Additionally, Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has her sights on Rudy Giuliani as well. Just not for a key Cabinet position, but rather for an investigation into the events surrounding the letter that FBI Director James Comey took to Congress 11 days before the presidential election reports the Washington Times.
The Washington Times reports that last week Nancy Pelosi spoke to reporters on Capitol Hill and called the actions of the FBI a “foul deed.” She is also calling for an investigation into both FBI Director James Comey, and also Rudy Giuliani to determine if Giuliani had any knowledge of the situation before it happened, and what his role in that event was. Rudy Giuliani has gone on the record to say he did know of the events before it happened, from “former FBI agents,” although Giuliani’s story changed as reported by CNN when the letter was being hashed out in the media.
This past weekend however the Trump transition team was working in Bedminster, New Jersey, to meet with key parties of consideration for the Trump cabinet. CBS reports that the meeting with Rudy Giuliani regarding Secretary of State was “the final one” before the decision is made.
72-year-old Rudy Giuliani has never held a federal elected office, but did serve as a federal prosecutor for six years, and was almost considered for Attorney General for the Trump Administration. This appears to no longer be the case, as Senator Jeff Sessions is reportedly slated for the job.
Before either Sessions or Giuliani, or anyone, can become a member of the Trump Administration, they must first be confirmed by the Senate. Rudy Giuliani may have some problems there, as CBS reports that “even some Republicans are worried” about this possibility. Notably Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky has reportedly vocalized concern about both Bolton and Giuliani as a contender for Secretary of State saying,
“I don’t think they’re very diplomatic. And I think you want the chief diplomat to be diplomatic.”
Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney also spoke with Trump this weekend. CBS reports that several “Trump surrogates and staff” have said this had to do with the Secretary of State position. Of the meeting, CBS reports that Mitt Romney said the following.
“We had a far-reaching conversation with regards to the various theaters in the world where there are interests of the United States of real significance. We discussed those areas and discussed our views on those topics.”
Mitt Romney may be keeping mum about the intention of the meeting this weekend, but he has not previously kept his feelings mum about Mr. Trump. In this speech he gave before the election, he discussed Trump’s temperament problem, his “recklessness in the extreme” and also said, “Now Donald Trump tells us that he is very, very smart” to which his audience laughed.
Despite his previous reservations on the topic of Trump, 69-year-old Mitt Romney could be considering joining the Trump Administration if he has continued designs on the Oval Office himself. That Mitt Romney is possibly considered for a Cabinet position has mixed reactions with the public.
In the midst of all of the Cabinet selection talk, Democrats in the House and Senate are still looking for ways to forge forward with America’s new government. Democrat Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has been very vocal about some of Donald Trump’s potential selections for Cabinet.
Nancy Pelosi has been very vocal about the Trump selection of Steve Bannon as a chief strategist. Her office also released a statement in the wake of the potential Jeff Sessions appointment for Attorney General, saying the following.
“Days after naming a white nationalist as his Chief Strategist, the President-elect has chosen an Attorney General with a long record of racially offensive statements, discriminatory goals, and contempt for voting rights….Jess Sessions would have dangerous new authority to attack civil rights, LGBT rights, and the rights of immigrants and people of color.”
The House Minority Leader also spoke to reporters on Capitol Hill last week about the incident that occurred just 11 days before the presidential election, when FBI Director James Comey announced the possibility of an investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails. The Washington Times reports that Nancy Pelosi has always had great admiration for FBI Comey, but referred to this action to reporters last week as a “foul deed” and wants Comey investigated.
“We [Democrats] can not be taking the full responsibility for what happened in the election. I believe the Comey letter was a foul deed. It was the wrong thing to do. I have had great admiration for Director Comey. I just think he couldn’t take the heat.”
It isn’t just FBI Director Comey that Nancy Pelosi takes issue with. She also wants Rudy Giuliani investigated, as it appeared that he was “tipped off” about the so-called Clinton email investigation. The Washington Examiner reports that Pelosi will “push for” an investigation into the possible Russian interference in the election, and also for how Rudy Giuliani “appeared to know in advance about a renewed FBI investigation” into Clinton’s emails.
The Washington Examiner reports that Nancy Pelosi told the following to reporters on Capitol Hill last week.
“I think there should be an investigation into how Giuliani knew two days before the Comey letter was coming.”
She also said that Democrats were the only ones targeted by the Russians in the election, and wants that looked at as well.
“Something is not right with this picture and I think the American people deserve an investigation into how a foreign government had an impact on our election and how Rudy Giuliani had access to that information when he did.”
A request for a special prosecutor petition has been created on the White House “We The People” page, asking the White House to appoint a Special Prosecutor to investigate the “Trump Campaign Collusion w/FBI & Russia to Win Election.”
On Capitol Hill last week, Nancy Pelosi said that the Comey letter “changed everything” when it came to the dynamics of the Hillary Clinton campaign reports the Washington Examiner. Nancy Pelosi makes it clear that she admires FBI Director Comey, for the past. But for recent events she has said repeatedly, “I think he made a mistake, and he clearly has a double standard.”
Nancy Pelosi also takes issue with Rudy Giuliani’s alleged hand in the Comey letter, or at least his alleged knowledge of it. She is calling for an investigation of that too. Hillary Clinton has cited the Comey letter as a large factor in her loss.
Rudy Giuliani says he thinks that she lost because of “Obamacare.”
Before the infamous letter that Comey took to Congress, Giuliani said on Fox, “I think he’s got a surprise or two that you’re going to hear about in the next few days. I mean, I’m talking about, some pretty big surprises.”
When asked what he meant, all he said was, “You’ll see.” with a laugh. He finished saying, “We’ve got a couple of things up our sleeve that should turn us around.” CNN called Rudy Giuliani on that days later, asking him if anybody had leaked that information to him.
On November 5, Giuliani’s eyes shot up and he said, “Uh no…. I’ve spoken to no current FBI agents.” Watch that whole exchange here, including the clip of Rudy Giuliani on Fox News where he spoke and laughed about the Trump campaign having some tricks up their sleeve.
Rudy Giuliani has also stated that the information he received was from “former FBI agents” who were angry that Hillary Clinton was not being investigated. He later told Wolf Blitzer of CNN that “I have no idea about who’s leaking information.”
CNN reported at the time of that interview, that Brian Fallon, press secretary for the Hillary Clinton campaign had stated that an inspector general could have the grounds in light of all of this to investigate the source of that leak.
CNN reports that shortly after Fallon’s tweet, the ranking members of the House Oversight and Judiciary committees, including Elijah Cummings and John Conyers said they were in fact calling on the Inspector General of the Justice Department to “conduct an immediate investigation to determine the source of multiple unauthorized – and often inaccurate – leaks from within the FBI to benefit the presidential campaign of Donald Trump.”
Ranking member of the House Oversight Committee Elijah Cummings told CNN‘s Wolf Blitzer when this all happened that, “Giuliani made it clear, Wolf, that he was getting information from former FBI agents. Now, Mr. Giuliani knows better. He was a former federal prosecutor. You don’t use the former prosecutors to launder information coming in from the FBI….that’s not right.”
Cummings also called the FBI leaks a “threat to our democracy” and, “Normally when you ask the FBI whether there is an investigation, 99.99% of the time they say ‘No comment.’ I do believe the FBI director is an honorable man. But he made a mistake here.”
The consensus on the Democratic side of the aisle is that Rudy Giuliani made a mistake as well. Congressman Jason Chaffetz is also linked to the FBI letter that impacted the Hillary Clinton campaign with frequently calls from the public to Representative Cummings on House Oversight to appoint a special prosecutor.
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