Ex-Military Appointments happening in a late Trump Administration…

Posted by on December 14, 2020 10:27 pm
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Attorney General Bill Barr has resigned from his position as AG. Deputy Attorney General Jeff Rosen is now the acting Attorney General and interestingly, Richard Donoghue, who served as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division – the same military unit General Michael Flynn was part of, will serve as Deputy Attorney General, at least for now.

Trump loyalists named to Pentagon advisory board today

The Pentagon named eight new members to the Defense Policy Board on Monday, including Trump loyalist and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, less than a month after purging many of the group’s influential members.

The appointments to the panel, which advises Pentagon leaders on policy issues, follow a similar purge and replacement at the Defense Business Board, another top advisory group.

The administration has selected Scott O’Grady, a Trump-era nominee and ex f-16 pilot for a senior Pentagon role. Scott who stated on Twitter that President Trump’s election loss to Biden was a “coup” attempt and shared tweets that suggest Trump should declare martial law.

The other members named Monday also include Thomas Carter, the former U.S. ambassador to the International Civil Aviation Organization; Edward Luttwak, a military historian and scholar on coup d’etats; Thomas Stewart, a Trump adviser, corporate executive and former naval officer; former Rep. Randy Forbes, R-Va., who chaired the House Seapower and Projection Forces subcommittee; former Sen.Bob Smith, R-N.H., who served on and helped create the 1991-1993 Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs; and financier and former U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador Charles Glazer.

Last week, the Defense Department announced the appointment of Michael Pillsbury, a China expert at the Hudson Institute, as the board’s new chair, and Lisa Gordon-Hagerty, formerly an administrator at the National Nuclear Security Administration, as a member.

Acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller said in a statement: “These incoming members bring extensive defense and national security affairs experience to this advisory committee from their time in Congress, the State Department, our armed forces, and beyond.”

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