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I highly doubt her independence. Murphy had a WH minder installed right before the election.

White House attorney dispatched to agency blocking Biden transition - November 10, 2020
https://news.yahoo.com/white-house-attorney-dispatched-to-agency-blocking-biden-transition-173301811.html

WASHINGTON — Five days before the presidential election, the Trump administration dispatched attorney Trent Benishek of the White House general counsel’s office to the General Services Administration. [snip]

GSA put out a press release, which said that as the new general counsel of the GSA, as well as its top ethics official, Benishek would “advise in the formulation and promulgation of GSA policies and regulations, oversee the agency’s litigation, and provide overall direction.” [snip]

But one top official who was involved in the Obama transition in 2008 speculated that the young attorney was put there “to keep tabs on Murphy.” The former transition member, who would discuss the matter only on the condition of anonymity, went further, speculating that Benishek “was installed there so the [White House] could fire the administrator and chief of staff, then have [Benishek] take over the agency to stop the ascertainment,” a reference to the process the GSA undertakes during a presidential transition.

Though Murphy is a Republican, she is not a White House insider, meaning that she may not be fully trusted to do the president’s bidding.

Emily Murphy's letter is defensive as hell.

In true trumpian fashion, she spends most of her time in the letter talking about herself and how hard the experience has been for her, as well as finding excuses to push away blame. Her protests that she received no pressure from the Executive Branch were unnecessary, letting all of us know that it's very likely that's exactly what happened. She has the nerve to close the letter with comments regarding Biden's requirements in receiving services and funds from GSA.

Good riddance when she's gone, and I hope she is never given a position of any authority or significance again. Wow.

Posted without comment:

Republicans also blocked the SAFE Act. Because of course they did.

https://twitter.com/jennycohn1/status/1329933294155141121
Jennifer Cohn Replying to @jennycohn1
Propagandists “omit or distort pertinent facts or simply lie,” & “try to divert...attention...from everything but their own propaganda.”

This is why Rs single out Dominion system vulnerabilities & political ties, but ignores ES&S system vulnerabilities & political ties 1/
6:43 PM · Nov 20, 2020


https://twitter.com/jennycohn1/status/1329934382157598720
Jennifer Cohn Replying to @jennycohn1
3/ It’s also why Rs never mention that Democrats championed election-security legislation (the #SAFEAct) that would have required robust manual audits to confirm electronic results, but Republicans mercilessly blocked it.
6:47 PM · Nov 20, 2020


https://twitter.com/jennycohn1/status/1146121709998632960
Jennifer Cohn @jennycohn1
Here is the final text of the House election-security bill called the #SAFEAct. https://congress.gov/116/bills/hr2722/BILLS-116hr2722eh.pdf

The first paragraph requires that all voters have the option to mark their ballots by hand and bans barcode voting systems (albeit without using the word "barcode" ): 1/ [image]
2:21 PM · Jul 2, 2019


Bill summary here: https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/2722

Loeffler is not representing GA's interests but her own. She needs to GO.

More recently, Loeffler and Sprecher appear to have tapped another tax loophole for themselves, in the form of a provision in President Trump's 2017 tax bill that turns private jets into flying tax shelters. The couple bought the plane last December, when Loeffler was appointed to the Senate by Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp. She stepped down from ICE to take the job, but her husband is still CEO, and she still holds a stake worth half a billion dollars — and sits on a committee that regulates the business.




https://twitter.com/MeidasTouch/status/1327700401932488704
MeidasTouch.com @MeidasTouch
The DOJ dropped their investigation into Kelly Loeffler's insider trading shortly after her husband Jeffrey Sprecher, who owns the New York Stock Exchange, donated $1 million to Trump's super PAC. Corrupt! #LootingLoeffler
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It's a projector set up across the street from the hotel.

There was a really interesting article a while back about how they do it.

https://apnews.com/article/4cddfcad7dd34265bb09d1fc3f309739

Many high-level government buildings are off-limits for security reasons. But the Trump hotel — just blocks from the White House — is fair game. Bell learned that as long as his crew members are not blocking traffic, obstructing the sidewalk or shining lights in the hotel windows, they’re fine. Hotel security has called police, but there’s not much police can do and the crew is usually gone within about 30 minutes anyway.

“We know we’re allowed to do it. The police kind of know we’re allowed to do it. But it all kind of depends on the officer and their mood,” he said.

The Metropolitan Police Department said in an email that it “will not engage in any enforcement actions regarding light projections” unless there is an indication that a crime has been committed. [snip]

“The ones that work best are the ones that give people some sort of relief from all this political stress,” Bell said. “It’s a way of grieving and venting publicly.”

I am so furious.

GA managed to perform an honest, valid hand recount (which it kinda sorta had to wave a wand to do, given it was supposed to be an audit*) and found more votes for trump, yet he's still not satisfied because he still lost.

YOU LOST, LOSER. GET OVER IT.

Screw their statement of how the media is covering it. The Secretary of the State of Georgia is reporting it, and how dare you attempt to undermine his authority. How dare you attempt to undermine the will of the voters in my state.

This is sedition. I am furious that he's using my state to try it. No, NOPE. Not going to happen.

BYE DON.

* https://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1002&pid=14531983

eta -
Their big deal in GA has been about signatures. I have a few articles on how that is so BS, but it's late and I can't find them at the moment. I did find this, though.

https://twitter.com/jennycohn1/status/1319791443003674624
https://apnews.com/article/virus-outbreak-elections-georgia-voting-2020-voting-c191f128b36d1c0334c9d0b173daa18c

A ransomware attack that hobbled a Georgia county government in early October reportedly disabled a database used to verify voter signatures in the authentication of absentee ballots.


My, my. Fascinating, isn't it?

How convenient Benishek was installed right before the election.

The doublespeak is on full display: one claim is that he is there to "provide overall direction" but another is that he "does not direct her as to what to do." When a GSA spokesperson announces that "Benishek would not be acting as a White House surrogate within the GSA" we can all assume that is exactly his role.

Murphy's screwed and she knows it. She could have done her job properly, but she doesn't have the integrity or the backbone for that. Looks like Benishek might be there to take the helm if Murphy wavers--but she won't. Her paycheck is more important to her than her country.

Krebs saw this coming.

https://www.politico.com/news/2020/11/12/cyber-official-chris-krebs-likely-out-436342

Krebs, who has led CISA and its predecessor DHS division since early 2017, had been planning to leave his position and return to the private sector shortly after Biden took office. But he had hoped to stay on in the short term to help the Biden transition team and see the new administration into its first few months, the people familiar with his thinking said.

They said Krebs had expressed a hope to people close to him that Ware might take over in the event he were forced out.

Matthew Travis, CISA's deputy director, is a political appointee who is also subject to White House removal. Another person whose job may be in jeopardy is Matthew Masterson, CISA's lead election security staffer. Masterson, whom state and local election officials widely credit with helping to build a robust election security partnership, is also a political appointee whom the White House can order fired if it chooses to do so.

But CISA's third-ranking official, executive director Brandon Wales, is a career civil servant who cannot be fired except with cause.

"Krebs created the Executive Director position as the highest career employee to aid any transition in the absence of political leadership, like if Travis and Krebs were both to leave," said a U.S. official, who spoke anonymously because of the sensitivity of the situation.

"Some [at] CISA are probably worried," the official said of Krebs' potential firing, "but there has been a transition plan in place."

In other words, "Republican party can get off my back!"

From the Bloomberg article linked at PW:
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-11-17/trump-attacks-on-vote-cost-him-in-georgia-gop-official-says

Georgia’s two Republican senators, David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, have called on Raffensperger to resign. Republican Representative Doug Collins, a close ally of the president who’s overseeing the recount for the campaign, has also criticized Raffensperger.

I guess if you’re a shill for President Trump you can get away with it, no one holds him accountable,” Raffensperger said of Collins.

Raffensperger said the audit now being completed should give voters confidence in the results.

“The reason we’ve done an audit is that we make sure that every legal vote has been counted, and that should give people assurance that we’re making sure that it’s a thorough process so there can be no question afterwards,” he said.


Well, damn. It's a shame Raffensperger likely blew his career future in the party by saying this, but what a guy! If you can get to the article, it's worth reading for the bits about Lindsey Graham and signature-matching as well.

Kudos to you, Brad Raffensperger. 🤗
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