Representative Lou Correa announces he has tested positive for COVID-19
Representative Lou Correa announced on Twitter on Saturday that he had tested positive for COVID-19 the day before.
The California Democrat has also admitted that he will miss President-elect Joe Biden’s nomination due to his illness.
“Yesterday I tested positive for COVID-19. I will be responsible and self-quarantine away from my family for the recommended time,” Correa said. “While I’m missing the long-awaited inauguration of President-elect @JoeBiden, I can’t wait to work with the new administrator to unite our country!”
Correa now joins the more than 60 members of Congress who have tested positive for the coronavirus.
– Sarah Elbeshbishi
Michael Lindell pictured with White House meeting notes on martial law, installing Trump loyalist in CIA
Michael Lindell, CEO of My Pillow, was pictured leaving a White House meeting on Friday with notes referring to the use of martial law and a possible CIA reshuffle.
Among the text visible in Lindell’s notes is a reference to “… martial law if necessary at the first sign of…” with the rest of the sentence obstructed. A line above that appears to say “Insurrection Act now in the wake of the assault on … “Another section of the notes quotes” foreign interference in the elections “and says:” Specify that it is China / Iran. ”
The notes also suggested replacing CIA Director Gina Haspel with Kash Patel, a Trump loyalist serving as Acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller’s chief of staff.
“Move Kash Patel to the CIA theater,” Lindell’s notes read.
As a staff member of Representative Devin Nunes, R-California, Patel worked to discredit the Special Council’s investigation into Russian election interference. Trump installed him in his post at the Pentagon in November, following his loss to President-elect Joe Biden.
Haspel threatened to resign in early December after learning of Trump’s plan to replace her with Patel, according to several senior administration officials, Axios reported.
Lindell’s photographs were taken as he waited to meet the president. Despite the dramatic moves described in the notes, White House officials said nothing came of the brief 5-10 minute meeting between Trump and Lindell, according to the New York Times.
If Lindell presented the ideas set out in his notes to the president, it wouldn’t be the first time the idea of martial law has been discussed in the White House since Trump’s defeat on November 3. At a meeting in December, Trump reportedly asked former national security adviser Michael Flynn to invoke martial law and discussed it at the meeting.
Lindell, a staunch supporter of Trump, continued to share false allegations of widespread electoral fraud and Trump’s baseless claims that he was the real winner in an election he lost by more than 4 percentage points.
As late as Thursday, Lindell told his followers on Facebook to “keep the faith” and, “We will have our President Donald Trump for another 4 years!”
– Sarah Elbeshbishi
White House to resume publication of visitor logs under Biden
Under the Biden-Harris administration, the White House will once again publish visitor logs, according to new press secretary Jen Psaki.
“For clarity – The Biden-Harris administration will revert to the White House visitor log publishing policy,” Psaki said in a tweet Friday night. “It is also true that visitors will be restricted for a while because safety during the pandemic is the top priority.”
This change is a change from President Donald Trump’s White House, which has kept visitor logs private. This decision has been heavily criticized and has even been the subject of a lawsuit in response.
Consumer advocacy group Public Citizen filed a civil action against the Secret Service in August 2017, asking that they be compelled to “produce records responding to FOIA requests for visitor logs and other documents documenting visitors to four agencies housed in the White House compound These agencies are the Office of Management and Budget, Science and Technology Policy, National Drug Control Policy, and the Environmental Quality Council.
The lawsuit demanded that the Secret Service “cease its policy or practice of withholding these files in violation of FOIA.”
Under Biden, the White House will resume archiving and publishing visitor logs, as was President Barack Obama’s policy.
– Sarah Elbeshbishi