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Memos: Jesse Liu nomination pulled out of retribution for “disloyalty”

The Jessie Liu memo: Shortly before withdrawing the nomination of the former D.C. U.S. attorney for a top Treasury role, the president reviewed a memo on Liu’s alleged misdeeds, according to a source with direct knowledge.

  • Ledeen wrote the memo, and its findings left a striking impression on Trump, per sources with direct knowledge. Ledeen declined to comment.
  • A source with direct knowledge of the memo’s contents said it contained 14 sections building a case for why Liu was unfit for the job for which Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin selected her, including:
    • Not acting on criminal referrals of some of Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s accusers.
    • Signing “the sentencing filing asking for jail time” for Gen. Michael Flynn (a friend of Ledeen’s).
    • Holding a leadership role in a women’s lawyers networking group that Ledeen criticized as “pro-choice and anti-Alito.”
    • Not indicting former deputy director of the FBI Andrew McCabe.
    • Dismissing charges against “violent inauguration protesters who plotted to disrupt the inauguration.”
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