Almost 100 internal documentation documents from top Trump administration officials have been leaked to Axios on HBO Axios reports.
The documents that the Trump team used to assess potential officials during the transition identify many "red flags" of officials later appointed to some of the most influential jobs in government.
The result is a trophy of potential problems for senior helpers, including Betsy DeVos, Gary Cohn, Don McGahn, Elaine Chao, John Kelly, James Mattis, John Bolton, and many others who have since been criticized by lawmakers.
Presidents traditionally receive a deep dive from a political team at potential administrative officials. After Donald Trump fired former New Jersey governor Chris Christie as head of his transition team, outsourced the new team vetting to the Republican National Committee.
Most of the documents contain a section entitled "Red Flags", where the wager team raised concerns about potential senior officials.
RNC researchers identified that Rex Tillerson, who would continue to be Trump's State Secretary, had close ties to Russia, while "White supremacy" was a vulnerability to Kris Kobach, who was once in the running of the Home Security Secretary.
Another red flag related to Fox New host Laura Ingraham, who was considered for the White House press secretary -A post again in limbo after President Trump announced Sarah Huckabee Sander's resignation last week. Ingraham was flagged by wetters because she "said people should wear diapers instead of sharing bathrooms with transgender people."
The documents reveal unique concerns from RNC vetters about Gary Cohn, who would continue to serve as Trump's chief financial adviser until he allegedly opposed the President's scheduled tariff increases on aluminum and steel.
"Some say Cohn has an abrasive, curt and frightening style", wrote vetters and quoted a Bloomberg article. "He would sometimes walk up a leg and plant his foot on a trader's desk, his thighs close to the employee's face and ask how the markets were doing."
The documents also show that Trump appointed officials even though they knew they had made unpleasant comments about him in the past.
Included in Mick Mulvaney's red flag file is a note that the future budget director and acting chief of staff once called him "not a very good person" among a selection of other red flags. 1
In response to the leaked documents, chief minister Hogan Gidley stated that Axio's violation did not detract from Trump's many
" President Trump has assembled an incredible team Throughout the federal government, which has achieved undeniable successes like tax cuts, the inclusion of employment levels, a booming economy … reconstruction of the military and crushing ISIS, "Gidley said in a statement. "President Trump has done more to improve the lives of the American people in two years – than previous presidents have done in eight and no dissatisfied, establishment, D.C., the sweeping leaks of foaming can change it."