HUD Drama Uncovered in Flurry of Emails
Trump family party planner-turned-HUD appointee Lynne Patton was flexing her history with the First Family as she efforted firing another HUD official. The WaPo reports that in a flurry of emails to the Office of Presidential Personnel in February 2017, Patton sought to remove Maren Kasper, the White House’s HUD Liaison, because Patton felt undermined. Patton wrote to John DeStefano, then Director of Presidential Personnel, and his Deputy Director, Sean Doocey, on February 8th, 2017. In one of the emails, Patton said that HUD Secretary Ben Carson’s then-Deputy Chief of Staff, Shermichael Singleton, was threatening to leave if Kasper wasn’t transferred by the end of the day or the following morning, at the latest. Patton said that Carson preferred to have both of them on the team over Kasper. Doocey responded with a link to an op-ed penned by Singleton in which he wrote that Trump is “unfit to be president and undeserving to represent the Republican Party.” Patton, who now oversees HUD’s New York and New Jersey region, threatened to invoke Eric Trump and Jared Kushner in the matter. As it turned out, Kasper was not immediately transferred. And Patton later sent an email to the White House apologizing for what she characterized as a “misunderstanding” about Carson’s wishes. The White House had been prepared to move Kasper, but Carson, who had never advocated for Kasper’s removal, intervened. Singleton, however, was later fired for the op-ed. More here.