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.
More than 7,500 boots on display at Fort Bragg this month served as a temporary memorial to service members from all branches who have died since 9/11.
The boots — which had the service members' photos and dates of death — were on display for Fort Bragg's Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation's annual Run, Honor and Remember 5k on May 18 and for the 82nd Airborne Division's run that kicked off All American Week.
"It shows the families the service members are still remembered, honored and not forgotten," said Charlotte Watson, program manager of Fort Bragg's Survivor Outreach Services.
After more than a decade of research and development and upwards of $500 million in funding, the Navy finally plans on testing its much-hyped electromagnetic railgun on a surface warship in a major milestone for the beleaguered weapons system, Navy documents reveal.
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Congress fell short ahead of Memorial Day weekend, failing to pass legislation that would provide tax relief for the families of military personnel killed during their service.
Senators unanimously approved a version of the bipartisan Gold Star Family Tax Relief Act Tuesday sending it back to the House of Representatives, where it was tied to a retirement savings bill as an amendment, and passed Thursday.
When it got back to the Senate, the larger piece of legislation failed to pass and make its way to the President Trump's desk.
In less than three years after the National Security Agency found itself subject to an unprecedentedly catastrophic hacking episode, one of the agency's most powerful cyber weapons is reportedly being turned against American cities with alarming frequency by the very foreign hackers it was once intended to counter.
The spectacle of hundreds of thousands of motorcycles roaring their way through the streets of Washington, D.C., to Memorial Day events as part of the annual Rolling Thunder veterans tribute will be a thing of the past after this coming weekend.
Former Army Sgt. Artie Muller, a 73-year-old Vietnam veteran and co-founder of Rolling Thunder, said the logistics and costs of staging the event for Memorial Day, which falls on May 27 this year, were getting too out of hand to continue. The ride had become a tradition in D.C. since the first in 1988.
"It's just a lot of money," said the plainspoken Muller, who laced an interview with a few epithets of regret over having to shut down Rolling Thunder.