Raj Shah Planning to Exit White House?
White House Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah is planning to leave his post, according to reports. CBS News reports that Shah and Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders are both departing with Sanders planning to be gone by the end of the year. They say the 33-year-old has not yet settled on an exact date for his departure. Prior to joining the Trump administration, Shah was in charge of opposition research at the RNC and led a team of experts that carried out research against￼ Hillary Clinton. During his time at the RNC, Shah called Donald Trump “a deplorable” and following the release of the Access Hollywood tape according to private messages independently obtained and verified by New York Magazine. He emailed a colleague asking, “u wanna hear something a little fucked up? ... I’m kinda enjoying this, some justice. I honestly don’t think it’s the worst thing he’s done but he somehow got passes for the other acts ... Trump is a deplorable.” He also asked an RNC colleague to dig up an old video clip of Trump that shortly afterward showed up in a Jeb Bushcommercial. After CBS broke the story that both Shah and Sanders were planning exits, Sanders tweeted, “Does @CBSNews know something I don’t about my plans and my future? I was at my daughter’s year-end Kindergarten event and they ran a story about my “plans to leave the WH” without even talking to me. I love my job and am honored to work for @POTUS.” Note that she did not say she had no plans to leave. Shah, one of few people of color at the White House, has not made any comment on the story. More here.