How far is the Trump administration off the rails? Well, the DOJ has expelled at least one health and welfare worker from the building after attempting to gather limited information on election investigations. So … pretty far!
The Associated Press reports:
Heidi Stirrup, an ally of top Trump advisor Stephen Miller, was tacitly installed as a White House liaison at the Justice Department a few months ago. Within the past two weeks, she was told to vacate the building after senior judicial officials learned of her efforts to gather inside information on ongoing cases and the ministry's work on electoral fraud.
Stirrup was one of the "White House-linked" enforcers parked with law enforcement agencies by Johnny McEntee, the 30-year-old former Body Man Trump in charge of the Office of President (OPP). McEntee himself was led out of the White House grounds in 2018, allegedly because of a gambling problem. But in 2020 he returned to lead a post-impeachment purge of someone who is not loyal to the president – they didn't want to let another Alexander Vindman in.
As part of McEteee's move, he used Trump loyalists as the president's eyes and ears for the agencies and rooted the theoretical Fifth Pillar of the Deep State Saboteurs among both career and political figures.
Stirrup's first assignment was in health and welfare, where the former Capitol Hill employee was promoted from the White House liaison to HHS to acting director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). What Stirrup lacked in immigration and senior management experience, she more than made up for in her loyalty to Trump. She was also closely associated with Stephen Miller and ready to implement government child separation policy.
Technically, Stirrup remains an employee at HHS, despite being seconded to the Justice Department a few months ago to crack the whip and report to the White House.
It turns out that apparatchik's lifelong party are less interested in good government and impartial justice than they are in old-fashioned rat fucking.
Stirrup is alleged to have contacted the department for information about investigations, including election fraud. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.
Efforts came as Trump continued to make unsubstantiated claims that he won the election and claimed, without evidence, that massive election fraud was responsible for his defeat to President-elect Joe Biden.
Stirrup had also expanded job openings to political allies for positions at some of the highest levels of the Justice Department without consulting high-level department officials or the White House attorney's office, and had also attempted to meddle in the hiring process for career employees, in violation of the law represents the government's personnel policy, said one of the people.
Bill Barr, apparently belatedly realizing that the stencil is up and he needs to get back to civilian life, has enough trouble fending off Trump's advances without a spy in his own house, which is why the Justice Department put Stirrup off the construction for some time last weeks.
But don't cry too much for them. Just minutes before the AP released the story, President Trump appointed Stirrup for a three-year term on the Air Force Academy's Visitors Committee, according to the Daily Beast. For who better to investigate "the morals, discipline, curriculum, tuition, physical equipment, taxation and academic method" of our future aviators than a real-life spy?
Can't make this up.
Trump aide banned from justice after trying to get case intelligence (AP)
Elizabeth Dye lives in Baltimore, where she writes on law and politics.