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

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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 Shechet

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.