Another staff member of Vice President Kamala Harris is jumping ship. Reuters reported on an internal staff memo sent out Monday that was obtained by the media outlet. Michael Fuchs served as foreign policy advisor to former President Bill Clinton and worked in senior positions at the U.S. State Department under Obama.
Fuchs served as Harris’s deputy chief of staff and “advised Harris one domestic and international issues, helped manage staff and often accompanied her on foreign trips” reports Reuters. Fuchs will remain in his current role until early May when a replacement is found in order to “ensure a smooth transition.”
JUST IN: Vice President Kamala Harris's deputy chief of staff Michael Fuchs is leaving the administration. -Reuters
— Shaun Kraisman (@ShaunKraisman) April 4, 2022
One clever Twitter user responded that Kamala Harris doesn’t “give a Fuchs.” That may in fact be the case, as multiple reports have indicated the Vice President holds down a very toxic office environment. Fuchs is the eleventh notable member of her team to quit since she took office, not more than 12 months ago.
Reuters also reported that Harris will be hiring a new chief speechwriter, who used to work as an editorial director at Gates Ventures, where she was a speechwriter for Bill Gates. Meghan Groob will join team Harris and replace Harris’s director of speechwriting, who left at the end of February. Groob was also a senior speechwriter in the Obama administration.
Fox News reports of the veep’s other departed staffers:
Fuchs’ exit follows those of others including deputy press secretary Sabrina Singh, chief spokesperson Symone Sanders, deputy director of public engagement and intergovernmental affairs Vincent Evans, director of Harris’ press operations Peter Velz, vice presidential national security adviser Amb. Nancy McEldowney, and director of speechwriting Kate Childs Graham.
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The U.S. Army’s first transgender officer and his wife, a Maryland doctor, are making headlines. No, not for breaking any ideological woke barriers; for “allegedly attempting to transfer confidential military medical information to Russia.”
The two were charged in an eight-count indictment on conspiracy charges Wednesday. Major Jamie Lee Henry, who lived with his anesthesiologist wife Anna Gabrielian, was granted his request to officially change his name in accordance with his gender preference in 2015.
Henry and Gabrielian allegedly volunteered to “retrieve private medical records from the United States Army and Johns Hopkins in order to assist the Russian government.”
National Review reports:
The pair are accused of stealing patient health files from Johns Hopkins and Fort Bragg and giving them to an individual they believed to be working for the Russian government. They aimed to show that they could access classified information and readily provide it to Moscow to demonstrate their allegiance, according to the indictment.
However, the individual to whom they hoped to deliver the information was an undercover FBI agent. At a covert August 17 meeting, Gabrielian told the agent that she was devoted to helping Russia’s cause even if it cost her her job or landed her in prison. She arranged a subsequent meeting with Henry and the agent, still believing him to be affiliated with the Kremlin.
That evening, in the agent’s hotel room, Henry expressed that he was committed to supporting Russia and had considered enlisting in the Russian army after the invasion of Ukraine. However, he told the agent he was disqualified because he didn’t have any “combat experience.”
“The way I am viewing what is going on in Ukraine now, is that the United States is using Ukrainians as a proxy for their own hatred toward Russia,” Henry reportedly told the agent.
“Prior to Henry’s case, identifying as a sex different than the one on one’s birth certificate made a soldier unfit for military service, warranting discharge” writes National Review.
Gabrielian worked at the Johns Hopkins school of medicine, and Henry worked as a staff internist stationed at Fort Bragg.
If convicted, the two could face up to five years in federal prison for the conspiracy charge, and a maximum of ten years in federal prison for each count of publishing secret military medical records.
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