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Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

The Washington Post released a lengthy report on Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Wednesday night, based upon “the accounts of 19 current and former senior administration officials and Capitol Hill aides.” The piece makes it clear that Tillerson is expected to step down.

The report describes Tillerson as intensely unhappy with President Donald Trump, whom he allegedly called a “moron” in private. The relationship between the two has suffered an “irreparable breach” that is likely to end with Tillerson’s exit from the White House.

Trump and Tillerson have vastly different personalities. Trump views Tillerson as “unsupportive” and dislikes his tone. On the rare occasions Tillerson has won a concession from the president on foreign policy, Trump “resents” his success.

Even the staff members of the two men are said to be in routine conflict with each other over their bosses’ differences.

One former senior official with continued White House access told the Post, “The White House thinking is unequivocal that he’s going to be gone soon, but the assumption is that he’s going to quit on his own so Trump can say, ‘Thank you for your year of service.’”

“Tillerson has no help. No team, no natural allies, and he’s not hiring anyone. There’s a kind of death spiral,” said a former senior official.

 

Michael Flynn

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Reprinted with permission from Alternet

President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced a "full pardon" for his former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, a key figure from the start of Russia investigation and the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Flynn had pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with the Russian ambassador during the 2016 presidential transition. The reason for his lying was never fully explained. He also admitted to working as an unregistered foreign agent for Turkey while serving on the Trump campaign, work that included publishing a ghost-written op-ed in The Hill that argued for extraditing an American resident who is seen as an enemy of the Turkish government. After admitting to his crimes, Flynn attempted to recant and withdraw his guilty plea, an issue which had yet to be resolved by the courts.

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