The new chief of diversity and inclusion for U.S. Special Operations Command is under investigation for offensive past social media posts, including one that compared former President Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler, Fox News is reporting.
The Defense Department announced the hiring of Richard Torres-Estrada last week, writing that they looked forward to his “contribution in enhancing the capabilities and effectiveness of [Special Operations Forces] through diversity of talent, helping us recruit the best of the best.”
Soon after the announcement, past social media posts resurfaced, including a photo of Donald Trump and Adolf Hitler photoshopped next to each other holding bibles. Torres-Estrada posted it on June 2, 2020.
Pentagon press secretary John Kirby confirmed the investigation of Torres-Estrada during a Monday press briefing. Torres-Estrada has been “reassigned” amid the investigation.
“Obviously, we take the need to promote diversity and inclusion seriously here in the department,” Kirby said. “The secretary has spoken to that many times. And we certainly want that work to be transparent, to be credible, to be effective, and of course professional.”
Torres-Estrada’s Facebook profile is not currently viewable to the public, however, Fox News host Tucker Carlson included screen-grabs of some of his posts during “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Friday.
“The Pentagon is now the Yale faculty lounge, but with cruise missiles. That should concern you,” Carlson said, adding that the U.S.’s military leadership has gone “woke.”
“His Facebook page gives some indication of who he is,” Carlson said. “On it you will find an attack on the police as racist, you’ll find crude BLM propaganda, you will find a photograph of Donald Trump holding a bible in front of a church. Next to Trump is a photograph of Adolf Hitler.”
“This is the guy who now oversees hiring for the Navy Seals,” Carlson said. “This is the initiative that Richard Torres-Estrada will be running.”
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BREAKING: Clinton herself ‘agreed’ to leak Trump-Russia allegations to press
Remember this 2016 post from Hillary herself just days away from the election? During Friday’s trial of her former attorney Michael Sussmann, some juicy details behind this vey post have emerged.
Computer scientists have apparently uncovered a covert server linking the Trump Organization to a Russian-based bank. pic.twitter.com/8f8n9xMzUU
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) November 1, 2016
“Robby Mook, Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign manager, said that Clinton ‘agreed’ to leak allegations that the Trump Organization had a secret communications channel with Russia’s Alfa Bank to the media during his Friday testimony” reports National Review.
The media “report” Hillary tweeted about above, was spoon-fed to them with her blessing. Mook also revealed the “purpose” for the campaign to leak it to the press was to have a reporter “run it down” further and “vet it out.”
As for Mrs. Clinton’s involvement, Mook added that he “discussed it with Hillary as well” after which, “she agreed to” their decision to turn the loose gossip over to the press.
She was then able to use Slate’s “reporting” to discuss the fake collusion publicly. Clinton then tweeted the campaign’s press release on the “statement from Jake Sullivan on New Report Exposing Trump’s Secret Line of Communication to Russia.”
FBI agent James Baker, the then-agent who Sussmann took the Alfa Bank information to, testified in the trial Wednesday. He said he was “100 percent confident” that Sussmann said he wasn’t representing a client when they met.
A text message from Sussmann to Baker from the day prior reads: “Jim — it’s Michael Sussmann. I have something time-sensitive (and sensitive) I need to discuss. Do you have availability for a short meeting tomorrow? I’m coming on my own — not on behalf of a client or company — want to help the Bureau. Thanks.”
National Review reports of the case:
The former FBI general counsel said that he would have treated the meeting and subsequent investigation differently had he known Sussmann was coming forward on behalf of the Clinton campaign.
The evidence that Sussmann delivered to Baker came in the form of Domain Name System (DNS) data that allegedly showed frequent communications between servers associated with the Trump Organization and Russia’s Alfa Bank. The data was provided to Sussmann by Joffe, an executive at the cybersecurity firm Neustar, which was also being represented by Sussmann as part of his role as a partner at the Perkins Coie law firm.
FBI agent Scott Hellman testified Tuesday that he was immediately skeptical of the data and accompanying analysis that suggested illicit communications between the Trump Organization and Alfa Bank. In fact, the quality of the analysis was so poor, that Hellman questioned whether its source had a “mental disability” in a private chat with FBI colleagues, obtained by prosecutors.
Opposition research firm Fusion GPS, which Perkins Coie hired to work on behalf of the Clinton campaign, translated the DNS data into laymen’s terms and pitched it to various reporters, including Franklin Foer, a writer for Slate.
“We certainly hoped that he would publish an article,” former Fusion GPS employee Lauren Seago testified.
Foer obliged them, touting the claims in an article published on October 31, 2016, a little over a week before Election Day.
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