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Mon Jul 13, 2020, 12:50 PM

Inside the White House, a Gun Industry Lobbyist Delivers for His Former Patrons

Michael B. Williams spent nearly two years helping to run a trade group focused on expanding sales of firearm silencers by American manufacturers.

But try as he might, he could not achieve one of the industry’s main goals: overturning a ban on sales to private foreign buyers enacted by the State Department to protect American troops in Afghanistan and elsewhere.

Then Mr. Williams joined the Trump administration.

As a White House lawyer, he pushed to overturn the prohibition, raising the issue with influential administration officials and creating pressure within the State Department, according to current and former government officials.

On Friday, the State Department lifted the ban, and a longtime industry goal was realized. The change paved the way for as much as $250 million a year in possible new overseas sales for companies that Mr. Williams had championed as general counsel of the American Suppressor Association.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/13/us/trump-gun-silencer-exports.html

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Mon Jul 13, 2020, 03:20 PM

1. So I reckon the Republicans are now over that whole "Fast and Furious" thing.

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Mon Jul 13, 2020, 05:41 PM

2. That will make it easier for the people Putin

pays to murder our soldiers . Now they can do it quietly. This show just how little Trump and the GOP care about the lives of our soldiers. May Michael B Williams rot in Hell!!

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