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McMaster Deputy’s Husband Works For Reporter Maggie Haberman’s Mom



White House national security adviser H.R. McMaster’s deputy Nadia Schadlow is married to an employee of New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman’s mother.

These connections reveal the insular world that our foreign policy elites inhabit, in which the press and the players involved all travel in the same upper-crust circles, with no outside ideas managing to enter their privileged bubble.

Maggie Haberman covers the Trump administration and frequently writes about McMaster.

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In May, Charles C. Johnson’s reported that H.R. McMaster was leaking to the mainstream media.

Two months earlier, in March, McMaster hired Nadia Schadlow, whom the Washington Post referred to as a “GOP foreign policy expert,” to serve as the National Security Council’s senior director for strategy.

McMaster and Schadlow are well-known neocon establishment types, and despised by Trump’s Deplorable base.

Nadia Schadlow is married to Philip Michael Murphy. When the two were married in 1993, Schadlow was working the Ukraine desk for the Secretary of Defense and Murphy was an editor at a Maryland-based publishing company that had purchased Regnery Publishing.

Schadlow and Murphy started a communications consulting firm called The Invisible Hand together, which Murphy ran from 2013 to 2016. In 2016, Murphy was hired as senior writer at Rubenstein.

Rubenstein describes itself as a “Strategic, results-oriented publicity & media relations” firm, based in New York City. New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman follows the firm on Twitter. Nancy Haberman is the executive vice president at Rubenstein, where her bio notes, “Has a family of journalists. And the kids she was home with now have kids of their own.”

Nancy Haberman, a “top Rubenstein exec,” is Maggie Haberman’s mother, according to New York magazine.

So, let’s recap.

H.R. McMaster has been accused of leaking. His deputy Nadia Schadlow is married to a senior writer at Rubenstein, where he works for New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman’s mom.

This report has been updated.


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Rudy Calls For Special Prosecutor To Investigate Mueller



President Donald Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani is calling for an investigation into Robert Mueller, the special counsel trying to find obstruction of justice against Trump in the Russia case. No Russian collusion has been found, and it has been determined that the FBI spied on the Trump campaign by using phony Russia-themed set-ups.

Giuliani is not taking this lying down.

“We want the Mueller probe to be investigated the way the Trump administration has been investigated,” Giuliani said in an interview on CNN.

“We want to see if we can have the investigation and special counsel declared illegal and unauthorized,” Giuliani said in a separate interview.


Giuliani is clearly going on offense to try to get this thing wrapped up, while Mueller tries to hang on until September 1 to try to find obstruction of justice. Rudy also said that Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen will not flip on Trump as Cohen is being investigated himself for undefined reasons, with his office being raided by the FBI first thing in the morning.

“I checked into this last night. It’s not so. He’s not cooperating. Nor do we care because the president did nothing wrong. We’re very comfortable that if he cooperates there’s nothing he can cooperate about when it comes to President Trump,” Giuliani said.

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REPORT: Raj Shah Leaked Fake Story That Sarah Sanders Is On Her Way Out



Deputy White House press secretary Raj Shah, as expected, is making a power play to get his boss Sarah Sanders’ job as Press Secretary, according to multiple inside sources.

Shah, a former Republican National Committee staffer, is known for marginalizing the independent media in press-related matters, instead favoring the corporate mainstream press.

Mike Cernovich reports on Shah’s alleged duplicity:

Raj Shah is an ardent NeverTrumper who was the subject of a masterful Olivia Nuzzi piece in New York magazine exposing him for calling Trump “deplorable.” The piece included a vociferous defense of Shah from Hope Hicks, the former right-hand day-to-day woman for President Trump.

Nuzzi reported: 

Dated December 15, 2015, at 12:09 p.m., the email — the subject line was “Dawg” — contains a 2008 CNN transcript in which Trump speaks positively of then-president-elect Barack Obama and describes his decision to make Hillary Clinton secretary of State “a great appointment.” Shah asked for footage of the interview — “Can we see if we’ve got?” — while telling Hemming to be cautious not to use an official RNC email while discussing the topic. “Nothing on GOP mail,” he wrote.

Hemming quickly replied to Shah that he would look into the matter. At 1:04 p.m., he said, “Yep we have it on DVD. Let me know what you want me to do with it.” At 2:21 p.m., he sent him the clip. “Tks man!” Shah replied.

Three days later, on December 18, the seven-year anniversary of the CNN interview, the Jeb Bush campaign released a 15-second ad titled “Happy Anniversary, Donald!” It featured precisely the clip that Shah requested.

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Bill Kristol’s son-in-law Matthew Continetti comes clean on Washington Free Beacon role in ‘Trump Dossier’



The editor of the Washington Free Beacon Matthew Continetti and the outlet’s chairman, Michael Goldfarb, posted a statement about the outlet’s participation in the research project on President Donald J. Trump, which developed into the so-called “Trump Dossier.”

Continetti is the son-in-law of Weekly Standard Editor-at-Large William Kristol, a vehement opponent of Trump.

Last Friday, it was Washington Examiner journalist Byron York, who broke the story that Free Beacon, which is backed by billionaire Paul Singer, originally hired FusionGPS to dig up dirt on Trump. Singer was a supporter of Sen. Marco Rubio (R.-Fla.) and Speaker Paul D. Ryan Jr. (R.-Wis.). One of Ryan closest private advisors is Singer staffer Dan Senor.

The Washington Examiner is a sister publication of The Weekly Standard, along with Red Alert Politicspart of the DC Media family of media properties.

York reported that after it appeared that Trump had secured the GOP presidential nomination, FusionGPS kept the project going by bringing it to Hillary R. Clinton’s campaign. It was then that FusionGPS hired former English intelligence officer Christopher Steele.

Statement by Matthew Continetti and Michael Goldfarb:

Since its launch in February of 2012, the Washington Free Beacon has retained third party firms to conduct research on many individuals and institutions of interest to us and our readers. In that capacity, during the 2016 election cycle we retained Fusion GPS to provide research on multiple candidates in the Republican presidential primary, just as we retained other firms to assist in our research into Hillary Clinton. All of the work that Fusion GPS provided to the Free Beacon was based on public sources, and none of the work product that the Free Beacon received appears in the Steele dossier. The Free Beacon had no knowledge of or connection to the Steele dossier, did not pay for the dossier, and never had contact with, knowledge of, or provided payment for any work performed by Christopher Steele. Nor did we have any knowledge of the relationship between Fusion GPS and the Democratic National Committee, Perkins Coie, and the Clinton campaign.

Representatives of the Free Beacon approached the House Intelligence Committee today and offered to answer what questions we can in their ongoing probe of Fusion GPS and the Steele dossier. But to be clear: We stand by our reporting, and we do not apologize for our methods. We consider it our duty to report verifiable information, not falsehoods or slander, and we believe that commitment has been well demonstrated by the quality of the journalism that we produce. The First Amendment guarantees our right to engage in news-gathering as we see fit, and we intend to continue doing just that as we have since the day we launched this project.




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