Sunday, 19 August, 2018

Trump's personal aide fired because of 'serious financial crimes' investigation

White House Personal Aide to the President John Mc Entee and White House Director of Social Media Dan Scavino leave the White House on Nov. 29 2017 in Washington DC President Trump's personal aide fired, escorted from White House without getting coat
Kelvin Reese | 14 March, 2018, 06:19

John McEntee was sacked because he is being investigated by the Department of Homeland Security for serious financial crimes, CNN noted.

President Donald Trump's longtime personal assistant, John McEntee, was sacked from his White House position while reportedly under investigation by the Department of Homeland Security for financial crimes, CNN and the Wall Street Journal reported.

He made sure Trump had markers with him while travelling in order to sign autographs, delivered messages to him while at the White House and even set clocks during daylight savings time, according to the Journal.

While he was sacked on Monday from his job in the White House, McEntee is staying in politics even as he's reportedly being investigated for crimes.

When precisely were these financial crimes allegedly committed? In February, special counsel Robert Mueller filled fraud charges against former Trump campaign associates Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, accusing Manafort of being part of a decade-long money laundering scheme. Cummings also asked for documents related to White House employees who have been granted interim security clearances since the 2016 election and documents related to any White House official who has resigned or was sacked over a criminal investigation or failure to obtain a security clearance. It is not clear why the clearance issue warranted the abrupt removal of Mr McEntee from the White House grounds.

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"We don't comment on personnel issues", White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters. CNN added more specifically that McEntee is "currently under investigation by the Department of Homeland Security for serious financial crimes".

McEntee, according to the WSJ report, was one of the closest figures to Trump on a daily basis.

In response to news reports about Mr McEntee's exit, Elijah Cummings, the top-ranking Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, sent a letter to chief of staff John Kelly requesting all documents related to Mr McEntee's employment and departure.

"We need the help of proven leaders such as Katrina and John to promote the President's growing portfolio of achievements across the country", Parscale added.

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