MAGA Diaspora: We’re tracking the 327 most important lobbyists, authors, and consultants in Trump’s post-White House influence network

Donald Trump behind the White House with a group of people who used to work for his administration behind him on a red background.

Donald Trump remains a powerful presence in American politics despite being deplatformed and defenestrated. The same goes for the people who worked for his administration.

That’s why Insider embarked over the past several months on a project to track down as many members as possible from Team Trump who served in an official capacity between January 2017 and January 2021.

Some of them you’ll surely remember, like ex-White House senior advisors Jared Kushner and Steve Bannon. Others made it through the last few years without becoming household names.

Ultimately, we identified 327 Trump alumni for our comprehensive database. There, we break down who are now the big shot lawyers, high-powered lobbyists, aspiring authors, and political consultants already busy trying to win elections for MAGA-minded candidates in 2022 and beyond.

Our project also highlights who from the Trump orbit ended up building new political entities aimed at sinking President Joe Biden’s agenda and enacting controversial changes to election laws that favor Republicans.

We pinpoint the location of a couple of the biggest names from the Trump Cabinet who were mired in scandals during their time in the administration but now are trying to move on to new jobs. And we’ve identified the ex-Trump staffers who are now serving as aides to members of Congress, plus a couple of former administration officials who have become elected officials themselves.

Of course, many Trump aides also are acting like they don’t want to be found at all. At least not yet.

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The DOJ has closed its criminal investigation into Trump’s former national security advisor John Bolton over his explosive book

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Trump and Bolton.

  • The DOJ has closed its criminal probe into John Bolton’s book, NYT reported.
  • The DOJ under Trump sued Bolton to block the release of the book, alleging a breach of contract.
  • It also claimed the book contained classified information and could hurt national security.
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The Justice Department has shuttered its criminal investigation into whether former national security advisor John Bolton revealed classified information in his memoir, The New York Times reported on Wednesday.

The department under the Trump administration sued Bolton last year alleging that he breached his contract and that the book contained classified information and could hurt US national security.

A federal judge struck down the Trump administration’s last-ditch effort to block the book last June, clearing the way for its release.

The Times on Wednesday reported that the Justice Department, now run by Attorney General Merrick Garland, has officially dropped its lawsuit against Bolton which aimed to recover profits the former national security advisor earned from the book.

The memoir sent shockwaves through the political sphere and contained a slew of explosive claims about Trump and those around him, including that Trump wanted to “give personal favors to dictators he liked”; that he had a poor command of national security and foreign policy issues; that he wanted to serve more than two terms as president; that he supported the Chinese government’s concentration camps for Uighur Muslims; and that he paid little attention during intelligence briefings.

The book also said that high ranking members of Trump’s staff had little respect for him and that former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he felt like he was “having a cardiac arrest” when he listened in on a call between Trump and South Korea’s president in 2018. It went on to allege that Pompeo said Trump was “full of s—” when he met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un shortly after the phone call with South Korea’s president.

“By ending these proceedings without in any way penalizing Ambassador Bolton or limiting his proceeds from the book, the Department of Justice has tacitly acknowledged that President Trump and his White House officials acted illegitimately,” Bolton’s lawyer, Charles Cooper, said in a statement after The Times’ story broke Wednesday.

The former national security advisor’s spokesperson also said the DOJ’s decision to close the investigation is a “vindication for Ambassador Bolton, and a repudiation of former President Trump’s attempt, under the pretext of protecting classified information, first to suppress the book’s publication and when that failed in court, to penalize the Ambassador.”

This story is developing. Check back for updates.

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‘For God’s sakes, get out of the way’: Trump’s former national security adviser urges him to fund the US military

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John Bolton, Mike Pompeo, Donald Trump.

  • Former national security adviser John Bolton told President Donald Trump to “get out of the way” and said he was “not a conservative.”
  • Bolton’s comments come as Trump vetoed the annual bill to fund the US military.
  • The must-pass bill was passed with bipartisan support.
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Former national security adviser John Bolton described President Donald Trump’s veto against the annual bill to fund the US military as “very destructive” and against the ideals of his own political party.

In a CNN interview on Wednesday, Bolton said he agreed with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, in that Trump’s veto against the bipartisan bill was antithetical to the Republican party.

“Just to make a philosophical point, I think this is a very compelling piece of evidence why Donald Trump is not a conservative,” Bolton said. “Nobody in the House or Senate, Republican or Democrat, likes every provision of this bill. But for 59 straight years, our parties have compromised their differences to give clear policy direction on defense for the full year.”

“What Trump’s veto does here, potentially, is put that in jeopardy at a time when we’re suffering from one of the worst computer attacks in our history, when we see threats all around the world continuing to grow from China and elsewhere,” Bolton added.

Trump on Wednesday vetoed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which would allocate $741 billion for US national security. The bill passed through both chambers of Congress with wide support from Republicans and Democrats.

The Democratic-controlled House supported the bill in a 335-78 vote, which exceeds the two-thirds majority needed to slap down Trump’s veto. The Republican-majority Senate also reaffirmed the defense bill in a 84-13 vote.

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US service members at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, March 5, 2019.

Aside from continued funding of the US military, the bill includes substantive changes to overseas troop deployments and a 3% pay raise for service members.

Trump previously threatened to veto the bill for including provisions that would rename military bases that still bear the names of Confederate leaders within the next three years; as well as claiming it was not tough enough against China and Russia.

“Unfortunately, the Act fails to include critical national security measures, includes provisions that fail to respect our veterans and our military’s history, and contradicts efforts by my Administration to put America first in our national security and foreign policy actions,” Trump said in a statement. ” It is a ‘gift’ to China and Russia.”

Bolton also described Trump’s veto as a “purely gratuitous action” and “selfish.”

“He’s Donald Trump, and this is part of the problem,” Bolton said on CNN. “This is all about Donald Trump.”

“There’s very little you can do to repair your reputation, but for God’s sakes, get out of the way of the national security of the United States and get out of the way of our efforts to overcome the coronavirus pandemic,” Bolton added.

Bolton been critical of the Trump presidency after resigning in 2019. He has since written a memoir about his experience in the White House, “The Room Where It Happened,” which provides unflattering details of his tenure.

Trump, in turn, has also disparaged Bolton.

“Wacko John Bolton’s ‘exceedingly tedious’ (New York Times) book is made up of lies & fake stories,” Trump said in a tweet in June. “Said all good about me, in print, until the day I fired him. A disgruntled boring fool who only wanted to go to war. Never had a clue, was ostracized & happily dumped. What a dope!”

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