Is Steve Bannon trying to get back on President Donald Trump‘s good side? According to the Washington Post, the former White House chief strategist — who had a messy falling out with Trump as a result of comments he made in Fire and Fury — is pitching a plan to West Wing aides to try to end special counsel Robert Mueller‘s probe. Step one? Fire Rod Rosenstein. Step two? Stop cooperating with Mueller. Step three? Invoking executive privilege so that previous White House staffer interviews with Mueller become null and void. “The president wasn’t fully briefed by his lawyers on the implications [of not invoking executive privilege],” Bannon told the Post. “It was a strategic mistake to turn over everything without due process, and executive privilege should be exerted immediately and retroactively.” The Post reports, however, that Trump seems unlikely to take advice from Steve Bannon Continue reading "Bannon Reportedly Trying to Get Back in Trump’s Good Graces By Pitching Plan to Kill Mueller Probe"
Before wrapping up his show Friday night, Bill Maher took aim at a particular group of conservatives who’ve expressed animosity for Hollywood. “Republicans have to stop pretending they hate it when celebrities give their political opinions,” Maher began. “Please, you’re the party that made Reagan president! It’s not our fault that your celebrities are Ted Nugent, Pat Sajak, and Donald Trump. James Woods? His last credit was on a MasterCard bill. Scott Baio? The only thing he’s been in recently that made headlines… was his co-star.” He took shots at actors Antonio Sabato Jr. and Stacey Dash, both of whom are running for office, and mocked how President Obama had musicians like Beyoncé, Bruce Springsteen, and Stevie Wonder at his inauguration while Trump had Jackie Evancho and 3 Doors Down. But then Maher pivoted to specific prominent conservatives who all had previously attempted to Continue reading "Maher Slams Dana Loesch, Breitbart, and Bannon as ‘Showbiz Rejects’ for Their Hatred of Hollywood"
Months after former judge Roy Moore narrowly lost his Senate election bid in ruby-red Alabama in the wake of numerous allegations that he had sexual contact with teenage girls, a lawyer for one of Moore’s accusers claims that two of the GOP candidate’s supporters offered him money if he’d drop his client. According to the Washington Post, attorney Eddie Sexton said that days after his client Leigh Corfman came forward to accuse Moore of sexual misconduct, two men promised him $10,000 if he would get rid of her as a client and publicly declare that he didn’t believe Corfman. Sexton also said that he was told his smear of Corfman would run in Breitbart News. Beyond offering the money, the men promised to introduce Sexton to then-Breitbart chief Steve Bannon, who was campaigning hard for Moore in an effort to embolden his self-made image as a GOP kingmaker. Continue reading "Lawyer Claims Roy Moore Supporters Offered Him $10,000 To Drop Moore Accuser as Client And Smear Her"
As Facebook handles damage control in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica controversy, Mark Zuckerberg refused to show up at Tuesday’s company meeting, The Daily Beast reported. Employees were briefed on Facebook’s relationship with the London-based big data firm that may have used the private information of 50 million users, but Zuckerberg has been keeping a low profile. The revelations on Cambridge Analytica are especially troubling since Steve Bannon was once its vice president, the firm was hired by President Donald Trump‘s campaign, and it reportedly targeted Facebook users with personalized ads during the 2016 election. Tuesday’s meeting was the first one held by the company to address growing concerns over the exact role of the firm as it relates to Facebook and the Trump campaign, but since Zuckerberg was MIA, Paul Grewal, a company attorney, led the session instead, The Daily Beast said. Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg Continue reading "Where Was Zuckerberg During Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica Damage Control Session?"
During his escapades with alt-right groups in Europe, Steve Bannon stood behind the explosive Donald Trump book that caused his fall from grace among the president’s supporters. Buzzfeed picked up on an interview the former White House advisor gave to French media about the impact of Michael Wolff‘s electrifying book: Fire & Fury: Inside the Trump White House. Bannon said that former WH communications director Hope Hicks granted Wolff “total access” around the White House and allowed him to speak to anyone while he was writing the tell-all. “The book has been authorized then I don’t deny anything from what is inside,” Bannon said. “The book is what it is. The reader can judge what he reads.” When Wolff’s inflammatory book came out earlier this year, it attracted a lot of attention for its juicy gossip and the plethora of very negative comments from Bannon about Trump, Continue reading "Steve Bannon on Michael Wolff’s Bombshell Fire and Fury Expose: ‘I Don’t Deny Anything’"
It would seem Steve Bannon is delighted by the news that Rex Tillerson is out as Secretary of State. The political media universe exploded on Tuesday morning over the news that President Donald Trump’s embattled head of the State Department will be replaced by CIA Director Mike Pompeo. This development follows a number of other major White House departures, and will most likely spark another shake-up throughout the Trump Administration. When the news started to make waves on Twitter, Axios‘ Jonathan Swan tweeted that received a text from Bannon with what may be his first reaction to the Tillerson development:
Even though Bannon is still not particularly popular in Trumpworld after his fall from grace, the former Breitbart chief and White House advisor Continue reading "Steve Bannon Reacts to Rex Tillerson’s Ouster as Secretary of State: ‘End of the Globalists!!!’"
Unprompted text message I just received from Steve Bannon (punctuation intact): “Come on dude!!!…end of the globalists !!!”— Jonathan Swan (@jonathanvswan) March 13, 2018