Newly-Hired State Department Staffer Has Faced Numerous Sexual Assault Allegations

Image via AP Photo.
Image via AP Photo.
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So odd that that didn’t register as a problem with his new employers.

Here’s all the shit we couldn’t cover today:

  • Steven Munoz, recently appointed by the Trump administration as assistant chief of visits, was accused of sexual assault by five male freshmen when he was a student at The Citadel. The school’s investigation found that “certain assaults likely occurred,” but a local prosecutor declined to seek charges. These allegations have been reported before, making it particularly incredible that the Trump administration went ahead and made this hire. [ProPublica]
  • Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, Breitbart’s Jewish friend, published photos of him with Steve Bannon in front of Bannon’s infamous white board of scrawled campaign promises. [Politico]
  • Trump is expected to sign an executive order tomorrow making it easier for churches and religious groups to participate in politics. [New York Times]
  • An Israel-Palestinian agreement will be “frankly, not as difficult as people have thought,” our president has predicted. Jared has this shit covered! [Huffington Post]
  • Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron faced off in their only one-on-one debate prior to France’s May 7 election. Le Pen referred to her opponent as “the candidate of savage globalization,” while Macron called Le Pen a “parasite.” [New York Times]
  • In a hearing today, FBI chief James Comey described himself as “mildly nauseous” over the accusation that he swayed the election. [New York Times]

Here are some tweets that the president was allowed to publish:


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Ellie is a freelance writer and former senior writer at Jezebel. She is pursuing a master's degree in science journalism at Columbia University in the fall.

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The thing about the Rabbi Shmuley selfie is what is written ON the whiteboard: Muslim Ban (checked as completed) - this accidental evidence will kill the White House’s contention (in the appellate courts) that the travel restrictions were anything other than religious discrimination (and leave no room to argue that “we don’t call it a Muslim Ban”, because yes you do, it’s in black & white!)