You can’t make this stuff up…
The Democrats are now investigating “Sharpie Gate.”
No, sadly, we’re not joking.
It took 10 days but this fiasco is now a bona fide scandal, with the opposition party launching a formal probe about whether the White House interfered with the National Weather Service’s scientific judgments in order to protect the president’s ego. [Hot Air]
House Dems are probing to see if the NOAA was somehow coerced into siding with President Trump over the Sharpie Gate scandal.
We literally have an Opioid crisis destroying American families, Leprosy in California, Poop-covered streets in San Fran, and migrants flooding our border, and this is what the Dems are focused on?
The New York Times, who have no axe to grind against the president (wink, wink), and are using those infamous “sources” again, is now claiming that Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross phoned NOAA last Friday and demanded that the agency put out a statement siding with Trump, reportedly even threatening to fire people if they didn’t.
Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, told Wilbur Ross, the commerce secretary, to have the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration publicly disavow the forecasters’ position that Alabama was not at risk. NOAA, which is part of the Commerce Department, issued an unsigned statement last Friday in response, saying that the Birmingham, Ala., office was wrong to dispute the president’s warning.
In pressing NOAA’s acting administrator to take action, Mr. Ross warned that top employees at the agency could be fired if the situation was not addressed, The New York Times previously reported. Mr. Ross’s spokesman has denied that he threatened to fire anyone, and a senior administration official on Wednesday said Mr. Mulvaney did not tell the commerce secretary to make such a threat. [New York Times]
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In addition, that other credible and unbiased publication WAPO reported on the so-called “scandal” with their sources, too.
President Trump told his staff that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration needed to correct a tweet that seemed to contradict his statement that Hurricane Dorian posed a significant threat to Alabama as of Sept. 1, in contrast to what the agency’s forecasters were predicting at the time. This led chief of staff Mick Mulvaney to call Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to tell him to fix the issue, senior administration officials said.
Trump had complained for several days about the issue, according to senior officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity due to the sensitive nature of the matter…
Trump told reporters he did not direct NOAA to issue such a statement on Wednesday afternoon. “No, I never did that,” Trump said. “I never did that. It’s a hoax by the media. That’s just fake news, right from the beginning, it was a fake story.” [Washington Post]
You can see the 4-page letter written to Wilbur Ross here.
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