On the heels of Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort’s resignation today (Aug. 19), Trump faced a new controversy over his inner-circle of top advisors.
Joseph E. Schmitz, who served as inspector general at the Defense Department from 2002 to 2005, is battling allegations by a top Pentagon employee.
Daniel Meyer, an intelligence official who oversaw Defense Department whistleblower cases, charged in a complaint that Schmitz reveled in firing Jews and was skeptical that six million Jews died in the Holocaust, according to a report by McClatchy newspapers.
Schmitz, now a Washington lawyer, has called the allegations “false” and “defamatory.” He’s been one of Trump’s five foreign policy advisers since March.
But Meyer said John Crane, who also worked for Schmitz, witnessed the remarks, according to the complaint.
“His summary of his tenure’s achievement reported as ‘…I fired the Jews,’ ” Meyer stated in the complaint, which was obtained by McClatchy.
“In his final days, he allegedly lectured Mr. Crane on the details of concentration camps and how the ovens were too small to kill 6 million Jews,” Meyer added.
Meyer still works for the government and is the Obama administration’s top official overseeing whistleblower complaints among intelligence agencies, according to the report.
Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who is Jewish and the grandson of a Holocaust survivor, has maintained that Trump is not anti-Semitic.
Whether the controversy results in another shakeup among key advisors remains to be seen.
Manafort resigned after The New York Times reported that he allegedly pocketed more than $12 million from Vladimir Putin puppet Viktor F. Yanukovych, the former Ukrainian president.
Trump also caused an uproar when he retweeted an image rival Hillary Clinton next to a Star of David against a background of money.
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