Here’s some political coverage unrelated to Alabama.
— Omarosa Manigault Newman is out at the White House, effective January 20th. I’m not exactly sure why this is a big deal, other than the fact that Omarosa had a recognizable name.
Sources say General Kelly did the firing and Omarosa is alleged to have acted very vulgar and cursed a lot and said she helped elect President Trump. The word is a General Kelly had it and got rid of her.— AprilDRyan (@AprilDRyan) December 13, 2017
According to multiple sources Omarosa did not resign. She was even escorted out of he building and off campus.— AprilDRyan (@AprilDRyan) December 13, 2017
But when Omarosa is gone, who will do all the nothing?— Ken Tremendous (@KenTremendous) December 13, 2017
— Meanwhile, someone tried to frame Chuck Schumer with a sexual harassment allegation. Someone sent around a forged document from a former staffer of Schumer’s alleging lurid sexual harassment accusations. The only thing is: The staffer denies having anything to do with the document, and there were a number of accusations in the document that were easy to discredit (for instance, Schumer wasn’t even in the city on the dates three allegations were reported to have taken place). Both Schumer and the staffer have asked the Capitol Police to investigate and they plan to file charges if the culprit is apprehended.
Again, it’s important to believe women, but also important to do some fact checking. This document got into the hands of several media outlets, who spent much of the day questioning Schumer about them. That’s pretty fucked up.
— Speaking of Chuck Schumer, he and the Democrats are trying to pressure Mitch McConnell into seating Doug Jones before they vote on the GOP tax plan, as Harry Reid did for Scott Brown back in 2010 before voting on the ACA. I don’t know if it’s going to work. I mean, Mitch McConnell held up a Supreme Court nomination for a year, so it’s unlikely that he’s going to roll over here. Schumer is at least going to make it a thing, as well he should:
— Last night, the media reported on texts from a couple of FBI agents who were part of Bob Mueller’s probe. In those texts, the agents called Trump an “idiot,” which is just a fact, but the Republicans are arguing political bias.
Schumer has a sign with McConnell quotes from after Scott Brown won in Massachusetts— Niels Lesniewski (@nielslesniewski) December 13, 2017
“What an utter idiot,” one of the agents said. “God trump is a loathsome human….omg he’s an idiot,” another wrote.
OK, well, here’s the deal. 1) They also thought Bernie was an idiot. 2) One agent had already been removed from the investigation, and another had already finished her work on the investigation. 3) They’re not wrong, 4) most Republicans in Congress have called Trump worse; and 5) this:
Just confirmed that the Justice Department invited reporters over to DOJ last night to look at the Strzok/Page texts — and report them out — in case they did not leak in time for Rosenstein's hearing today. Story TK.— Natasha Bertrand (@NatashaBertrand) December 13, 2017
The DOJ was conspiring basically to obstruct an investigation ahead of Rod Rosenstein’s testimony today. So that’s pretty messed up.
Once again, the story is not the texts. The story is the Republican Party conspiring to obstruct an investigation that has led to 2 guilty pleas and 2 indictments of the President’s advisors. https://t.co/5SBjX2A42E— Jon Favreau (@jonfavs) December 13, 2017
At any rate, it ain’t working:
Rod Rosenstein says he hasn't seen any impropriety related to Mueller's team.— Adam Goldman (@adamgoldmanNYT) December 13, 2017
— As expected, Lt. Gov. Tina Smith will replace Al Franken in the Senate. Unexpectedly, however, she will run in 2018 (the speculation before was that she would not).
— Oh, and this is semi-related to Roy Moore, but this is the best thing: