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Report: Caitlyn Jenner explores run for California governor as Newsom faces recall

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Former U.S. Olympic athlete and “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” star Caitlyn Jenner is considering running for governor of California as Gov. Gavin Newsom faces a recall election, Axios has reported.

Jenner, a vocal Republican and previous Trump supporter, is said to be “actively exploring” a run for governor of California, three sources close to the situation told Axios.

Jenner has been consulting with longtime GOP fundraiser, Caroline Wren, about her candidacy – whom Jenner met through her work with the American Unity Fund, a GOP nonprofit focused on LGBT issues.

The former Olympic gold medalist came out as a transgender woman in 2015 and has since been a vocal advocate for the LBGTQ community and transgender rights.

According to The Out for America 2020 report from the LGBTQ Victory Institute, an organization that follows and advocates for LGBTQ+ American political candidates, there was a 21% increase in the number of out LGBTQ+ elected officials in the United States in 2020. 5% of those were transgender.

79.7% of LGBTQ elected officials ran as Democrats, 2.7% ran as Republicans, 2.3% ran as Independents and 15% ran as “other,” according to the Out for America demographics.

Over 50 openly transgender candidates ran for office in 2020, however, about half lost the primary races or dropped out.

In the 2020 general election, voters elected six transgender candidates to state office.

Only 0.009% of elected officials in the U.S. are transgender.

Follow Annaliese Levy on Twitter @AnnalieseLevy

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BREAKING: Clinton herself ‘agreed’ to leak Trump-Russia allegations to press

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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.

“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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