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Former White House staffer says Trump called for leaker to be executed | Donald Trump

Former White House staffer says Trump called for leaker to be executed | Donald Trump

Former White House communications director Alyssa Farah Griffin has disclosed that Donald Trump repeatedly mused out loud about executing people at several meetings while she worked for him during his presidency. Griffin’s claim, which she made in a podcast recording with Mediaite released on Friday, is likely to add to concerns that a return for Trump to the Oval Office could be characterized primarily by political retribution. The former communications director for the Trump administration told the outlet she had been at a meeting at which he “straight up said a staffer who leaked … should be executed”, referring to an anonymously sourced report that the former president had gone into a secure bunker at the White House at the height of the racial justice protests prompted by a Minneapolis police officer’s murder of George Floyd. “There were others where we talked about executing people,” Griffin said. In response to Griffin’s comments, Trump spokesperson Steven Cheung told Newsweek: “As President Trump has said, the best revenge is the success and prosperity of all Americans.” Under …

Trump’s closest staffer takes the stand – and tears up after damaging testimony | Donald Trump

Trump’s closest staffer takes the stand – and tears up after damaging testimony | Donald Trump

On the docket: Hope Hicks, Trump’s favorite staffer, takes the stand Hope Hicks spent more time with former president Donald Trump than perhaps anyone else, from the launch of his political career through the end of his time in the White House. On Friday, Hicks took the witness stand to testify against her former boss. Hicks, a former campaign and White House spokeswoman who was constantly by Trump’s side and one of his most trusted advisers until he left office, appeared at his trial under subpoena, and was clearly unhappy about being compelled to testify. After being asked to speak more clearly into the microphone, she said she was “really nervous” to be there. Later, as Trump’s lawyer began cross-examining her, Hicks burst into tears, and Judge Juan Merchan granted a recess to allow her to compose herself. She was spotted clutching a tissue. Hicks testified to prosecutors that Trump told her in 2018, when the story about adult film star Stormy Daniels’ alleged affair became public, that his fixer and attorney Michael Cohen had …

Germany arrests EU Parliament staffer over bombshell claims he spied for China – POLITICO

Germany arrests EU Parliament staffer over bombshell claims he spied for China – POLITICO

“He has been working for a German Member of the European Parliament since 2019. In January 2024, the accused repeatedly passed on information about negotiations and decisions in the European Parliament to his intelligence service client,” the prosecutor added. The German Greens were quick to call for an accelerated probe in Brussels over the arrest. “Autocracies like China and Russia are actively trying to undermine our democracies in Europe. This must stop. The investigation within the European Parliament must be speeded up,” said Terry Reintke, lead candidate for the European Greens. “We demand preliminary results before the elections. Consequences must follow swiftly. People who attack the integrity of our democracies must be held to account.” German authorities on Monday also arrested three people suspected of supplying information on military technology to a Chinese intelligence service.  The Chinese Embassy in Berlin denied the allegations, urging Germany “to stop exploiting the espionage accusation to politically manipulate the image of China and defame China,” German public broadcaster Deutschlandfunkt reported. Source link

State Dept. human rights staffer quits over Biden’s Gaza policy

State Dept. human rights staffer quits over Biden’s Gaza policy

A State Department official working on human rights issues in the Middle East resigned Wednesday in protest of U.S. support for Israel’s war in Gaza, the latest example of dissent among government personnel bursting into public view. Annelle Sheline, 38, stepped down after a year as a foreign affairs officer in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, with nearly half that tenure marked by the war Israel launched in response to a devastating Hamas attack on Oct. 7. In an interview, Sheline said her focus had been promoting human rights in the Middle East and North Africa, work that was complicated by Israel’s war in Gaza and a host of accompanying moral, legal, security and diplomatic implications for the United States. Sheline said she tried to raise concerns internally with dissent cables and at staff forums but eventually concluded that it was pointless “as long as the U.S. continues to send a steady stream of weapons to Israel.” “I wasn’t able to really do my job anymore,” Sheline said. “Trying to advocate for …

‘I feel safer outside’: Commons staffer tells of bullying and absurd workloads | House of Commons

‘I feel safer outside’: Commons staffer tells of bullying and absurd workloads | House of Commons

A survey of MPs’ staff has shown rising numbers experiencing clinical levels of psychological distress. But the problem runs far deeper than the recent tensions over war in the Middle East, according to one staffer. “I’ve worked in Westminster for nearly three years and I can honestly say I feel safer outside the House of Commons than inside it. It might sound strange, given the renewed focus on MPs’ safety in discussions around Gaza, but it’s not the recent protests outside that make me fearful. What scares me, on a daily basis, is the undercurrent of bullying, harassment and intimidation that goes on in the so-called mother of all parliaments – and how we are powerless to stop it. Sadly, it’s not uncommon in Westminster to enter a bathroom and find a member of MPs’ staff in tears. The pressures of the job are immense and growing. With each national or international crisis, the already-groaning inboxes of MPs are inundated by members of the public. They are often polite, almost always desperate, but sometimes abusive …