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.
A pair of U.S. Navy Grumman F-14A Tomcat aircraft from Fighter Squadron VF-211 Fighting Checkmates in flight over Iraq in 2003/Department of Defense
Since the sequel to the 1986 action flick (and wildly successful Navy recruitment tool) Top Gun, was announced, there's been a lot of speculation on what Top Gun: Maverick will be about when it premieres in June 2020. While the plot is still relatively unclear, we know Tom Cruise will reprise his role as Naval aviator Pete "Maverick" Mitchell, and he'll be joined by a recognizable costar: The iconic F-14 Tomcat.
It looks like the old war plane will be coming out of retirement for more than just a cameo. A number of recently surfaced photos show an F-14 Tomcat aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt, alongside Cruise and members of the film's production crew, the Drive's Tyler Rogoway first reported earlier this week.
Every once in a while, we run across a photo in The Times-Picayune archives that's so striking that it begs a simple question: "What in the name of Momus Alexander Morgus is going on in this New Orleans photograph?" When we do, we've decided, we're going to share it — and to attempt to answer that question.
Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces control the monitor of their drone at their advanced position, during the fighting with Islamic State's fighters in Nazlat Shahada, a district of Raqqa. (Reuters/Zohra Bensemra)
MUSCAT (Reuters) - The United States should keep arming and aiding the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) following the planned U.S. withdrawal from Syria, provided the group keeps up the pressure on Islamic State, a senior U.S. general told Reuters on Friday.