cleaning house
November 5, 2018

The team in the White House could look very different after the midterms.

The Trump administration is preparing for a fairly significant staff shake-up following Tuesday's elections, The Washington Post reports. The staffer most likely to depart appears to be Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who President Trump has publicly rebuked on many occasions and who some sources expect to be fired "in a humiliating fashion" as soon as this week. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who oversees Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election meddling, is also a prime candidate to be fired; Trump had reportedly been warned to wait at least until after the midterms to give him the boot.

That's not all: Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen may leave on her own, as her relationship with Trump grows more strained, the Post reports, and the White House is already looking at replacements for her. Other possible departures include Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, and Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, although the latter two are expected to leave on their own rather than be fired. Chief of Staff John Kelly could also be on his way out, the Post reports, although noting that he has been asked to stay until 2020. Others in the administration are expected to leave their positions to join Trump's 2020 re-election campaign.

While it's normal for an administration to see a handful of departures after a midterm election, Kathryn Dunn Tenpas, a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, told the Post that "the number of people resigning under pressure far exceeds that of any other administration." Brendan Morrow

September 12, 2018

Another major figure at CBS is leaving the network amid allegations of sexual misconduct.

Just three days after CEO Les Moonves stepped down in disgrace, 60 Minutes producer Jeff Fager is now leaving as well, Deadline reports. On Sunday, Fager was accused by a woman of groping her at a company party — the seventh such allegation against him. But CBS News chief David Rhodes said in a statement Wednesday that Fager's departure "is not directly related to the allegations surfaced in press reports." Instead, Rhodes said, Fager "violated company policy."

While CBS didn't specify which company policy Fager violated, Fager himself told CNN on Wednesday that he "sent a text message to one of our own CBS reporters demanding that she be fair in covering the story." Fager added that CBS did not approve of the "harsh" language he used.

In Ronan Farrow's bombshell CBS exposé published by The New Yorker in July, 19 current or former CBS workers accused Fager of allowing sexual harassment to persist at the network. Additionally, six sources told Farrow that Fager inappropriately touched employees or made sexual advances towards them while intoxicated at company parties. On Sunday, Farrow published a follow-up article with six new allegations against Moonves and one new one against Fager, which led to the departure of both men this week.

Bill Owens will now take over for the 36-year CBS veteran while the network searches for a permanent replacement. Read more at Deadline. Brendan Morrow

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