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THE REAPERS DOWN AND OUT LIST
Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn
Trump’s pick for deputy commerce secretary.  Possible collusion and criminal charges.  Michael Flynn delivered his last statement during the daily briefing at the White House in February after being removed by Mike Pence whom he lied to about his Russian contacts.  The NSC was a hotbed of dysfunction until recently when Flynn’s replacement, H.R. McMaster, finally asserted himself fully. 

Todd Ricketts - Withdrew last Wednesday. The son of TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts, a major GOP donor, could not easily unload his share in some of the family’s holdings, such as the Chicago Cubs.

Philip Bilden - The president’s nominee for Navy secretary, venture capitalist, also cited his inability to meet the OGE ethics agreement when he pulled out in February.

Vincent Viola -  Trump’s first choice for Army secretary, billionaire high-frequency trader apparently dropped out for similar reasons. When his company was planning to go public in 2014, though, it disclosed that regulators were looking into it’s trading practices. 

Burger meister Puzder’s withdrawal never got much attention because it happened just two days after Trump fired Michael Flynn as his national security adviser over his contacts with the Russian ambassador. The longtime CEO of the company that owns Carl’s Jr. was bowing to the reality that he wouldn’t have the votes to get confirmed by the Senate. 

Chris Christie - (Secret Service code name - Leash Dog One)  The vetting process became especially messy after Trump Christie as head of the transition team just days after the election. The president was reportedly prodded by son-in-law Jared Kushner, whose father Christie had sent to jail as U.S. attorney in New Jersey. 

Katie Walsh left the White House in March for the private sector.  The deputy White House chief of staff didn’t even survive until the end of March. Katie Walsh, who had been Reince Priebus’s deputy at the Republican National Committee, abruptly left her West Wing post the week after the collapse of the president’s health-care plan in the House. 

Boris Epshteyn - Who as a special assistant to the president was in charge of managing all TV appearances by White House officials, also didn’t make it until the end of the first quarter. t“Epshteyn also earned a reputation as someone who is combative and sometimes difficult to work with, even when he arrives at studios as a guest of a network. 

Gerrit Lansing -  gave up his job as the White House’s chief digital adviser after a month because he was unwilling to cut financial ties to a company in which he held an ownership stake, Politico reported last week:  The controversy put White House press secretary Sean Spicer in an awkward spot. As the RNC’s chief strategist, Spicer denied to Politico in mid-2016 that Lansing had any financial stake in Revv. ‘

Anthony Scaramucci  - was named as the head of the Office of Public Liaison and Intergovernmental Affairs, but three weeks later it was taken away from him. The problem reportedly was the sale of his firm, SkyBridge Capital, to a division of HNA Group, a politically connected Chinese conglomerate.

Jason Miller  - was supposed to be White House communications director until he suddenly announced on Christmas Eve that he wanted to focus on his family instead.  Miller instead took a job at Teneo Strategy, the firm founded by former Bill Clinton loyalists which Republicans used to frequently attack.

Monica Crowley  - was going to oversee communications in a senior job on Trump’s National Security Council, but she was felled by a plagiarism scandal the week before Trump took office. In March, she registered with the Justice Department as a foreign agent for Ukrainian oligarch Victor Pinchuk.

K. T. McFarland -  Deputy national security adviser who had been brought on by Flynn, is expected to leave her post soon to become U.S. ambassador to Singapore.  

McMaster also removed White House chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon from the principals committee as part of a shake-up.

Craig Deare - Trump’s own pick to be the NSC’s senior director for Western Hemisphere Affairs, was dismissed in mid-February after word got back to the White House that he’d trashed the president and Bannon during an off-the-record event hosted by the Woodrow Wilson Center.   Deare had complained to a group of academics that senior national security aides did not have access to the president.

Shermichael Singleton - A senior adviser to Ben Carson was escorted out of the Housing and Urban Development department headquarters by security after someone completing his background check found a critical op-ed he wrote about Trump last fall for The Hill. One of Trump’s relatively few African American political appointees, had been planning a cross-country tour for Carson. 

Preet Bharara - Former US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, was known as one of Wall Street’s fiercest watchdogs and a widely respected prosecutor.  He first refused to resign along with 46 US attorneys across the country. Although it is common for incoming administrations to replace district attorneys when transitioning to power, Trump had previously assured Bharara that he'd keep his job.  Bharara felt blindsided by the request. He was fired after refusing to comply.

Deputy Attorney General Yates - Appointed by Obama, former had been running Trump’s Justice Department as Acting Attorney General while Trump’s nominee for the role, Sen. Jeff Sessions, awaited confirmation. She became a household name when Trump abruptly removed her from the temporary position.  Ostensibly for her refusal to implement the first iteration of Trump's ban on travelers from a number of Muslim-majority countries. 

As part of the probe into possible collusion between Russia and the Trump administration, then-acting Attorney General Yates met with White House counsel to inform them that then-National Security Advisor Michael Flynn wasn’t telling the truth about his interactions with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak and, as a result, represented a blackmail risk.

James Comey -  FBI director,  found out he had been fired as just like the rest of us: By watching it on television.  The move, announced late Tuesday via a letter sent from President Donald Trump to Comey, marked the most unpredictable moment of a presidency that through its first 100-plus days has been the least orthodox in memory. 

It also ramped up criticism of Trump's judgments - Comey was tasked with leading the investigation into Russia's meddling into the 2016 campaign and what, if any, collusion had occurred between Trump campaign operatives and Russian intelligence officials -- and left official Washington reeling over a move considered unthinkable as recently as this week.


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