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Ex-Trump Aide Manafort Pushed A Banker Who Gave Him A Loan For Army Secretary
Paul Manafort, the ex-Trump campaign manager known for his love of ostrich coats and his connection to a 2006 attack on U.S. Marines, pushed to install a well-connected banker as the Secretary of the Army, according to testimony by his former aide and protege.
- Rick Gates testified on Tuesday that Manafort had emailed him in November 2016 about recommending Federal Savings Bank founder and CEO Stephen Calk, a former Army helicopter pilot, for the position of Secretary of the Army, despite the fact that Manafort had secured millions in loans from Calk's bank earlier that year.
- “We need to discuss Steve Calk for Sec of Army. I hear the list is being considered this weekend,” Manafort emailed Gates on November 24, 2016, just weeks after Trump had secured the presidency.
- Calk also met with Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley over lunch in Chicago a week prior to Manafort's email, according to recent Chicago Sun-Times report, which does not specify what the two men discussed.
- Additionally, the Chicago Sun-Times disclosed a second email Manafort sent to Gates, in December 2016, urging him to include "Calk and Calk’s son on a list of people Manafort wanted to receive invitations to Trump’s inauguration."
Calk was never formally considered for the Secretary of Army position, so any efforts on Manafort's part to us his Trump connections to curry favors with financial institutions didn't really work (in this case, at least). But given the apparent prevalence of "shadow" organizations that exercise decision-making throughout the Trump administration — the VA, for example — the report is especially troubling.
But, hey, at least this time nobody was shot at.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Department of Defense has released some information on its revamped approach to vetting and security concerns for foreign military students in the United States.
Some initial information came Friday, a few days before Secretary of Defense Mark Esper's visit to Naval Air Station Pensacola to discuss new vetting and security procedures with installation leadership.
The DoD began its review of those procedures following the Dec. 6 shooting at NAS Pensacola that left three people dead and eight others injured. The gunman, 21-year-old Saudi lieutenant Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, a flight student, was fatally shot by an Escambia County sheriff's deputy.
In a Galaxy — err, I mean, on a military base far, far away, soldiers are standing in solidarity with galactic freedom fighters.
Sitting at the top of an Army press release from March 2019, regarding the East Africa Response Force's deployment to Gabon, the photo seems, at first glance, just like any other: Soldiers on the move.
But if you look closer at the top right, you'll find something spectacular: A Rebel Alliance flag.
Three sailors from the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower have been charged in connection with the Dec. 17 brawl at a holiday party in Norfolk, Virginia, that was caught on video.
DUBAI (Reuters) - An Iranian lawmaker offered a $3 million reward to anyone who killed U.S. President Donald Trump and said Iran could avoid threats if it had nuclear arms, ISNA news agency reported on Tuesday amid Tehran's latest standoff with Washington.
U.S. disarmament ambassador Robert Wood dismissed the reward as "ridiculous", telling reporters in Geneva it showed the "terrorist underpinnings" of Iran's establishment.
DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) - Swiss officials foiled an apparent spying operation by Russians posing as plumbers in Davos, site of the World Economic Forum's annual meeting, a newspaper reported on Tuesday, but police did not confirm key details of the account.
The report in the Tages-Anzeiger newspaper said the two Russians were checked by Swiss police in August last year in the ski resort, which is hosting the WEF gathering of the global business and political elite this week. The pair presented diplomatic passports and left the country, the paper said.