Trump Aide Seeking Sensitive Info For Trump Banned From Justice Department
Heidi Stirrup, a top Trump aide, is reportedly barred from the Justice Department after allegedly trying to pressure staffers to hand over sensitive information for her to relay to Donald Trump’s team.
The AP reported that Stirrup was “installed at the Justice Department as a White House liaison,” but Justice Department officials learned that she was tasked with collecting inside information about open cases, and specifically about how the department is handling election issues. She’s accused of stopping staffers in hallways and demanding information about election fraud issues, and of inserting herself into hiring processes, allegedly working to install political allies despite not having the authority to do so, and otherwise violating staffing policies.
A Department of Health and Human Service bio for Stirrup lists her as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, but on a LinkedIn page she is listed as concurrently serving as White House Liason, with a long history of other public policy positions, and religious group advocacy. Equity Fwd notes her historical anti-choice advocacy.
According to The Week, Stirrup was quickly shifted to a new role in the Trump administration, one with perhaps significantly less access to privileged information, after her ouster at the Justice Department. Specifically, she’s reportedly now serving on the Board of Visitors at the U.S. Air Force Academy.
Donald Trump has complained about the Justice Department and Bill Barr refusing to come down hard on nonexistent widespread voter fraud, and is by all accounts very concerned about what legal consequences he may face if he’s unable to manipulate either the Justice Department, Congress, or the Supreme Court to overturn the election and keep him in office.