Mattis shouts “Down with Trump,” but remains quiet about investment scandal
Last week, Trump’s former secretary of defense, James Mattis, gained considerable praise from liberals for his op-ed/statement openly bashing Trump’s handling of the George Floyd protests.
“Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people —does not even pretend to try. Instead he tries to divide us,” said Mattis in the liberal Atlantic.
Liberals said that the latest Trump defection meant that the country was finally turning against Trump.
Said former Democrat presidential candidate general Wesley Clark on Trump and the protests: “We are seeing the turning of the tide”
Before folks add Mattis to the pantheon of liberal heroes like Robert Mueller, James Comey and John Brennan, who would supposedly turn the tide on Trump, Mattis needs to talk about the latest fraud charges in the Theranos biotech case.
Theranos was a once-vaunted medical company with a $9 billion valuation that claimed to have a breakthrough in blood testing technology. Mattis was a key backer of Theranos in the Pentagon while on active duty prior to retiring and securing a job making $150,000 as a director for the company.
The company is alleged to have swindled billions from investors with technology that they knew didn’t work. Two top executives have been charged, while the board, including Mattis, has claimed ignorance.
“Nobody on the board is being directly charged with doing anything,” noted Vox. “But accepting six-figure checks to serve as a frontman for a con operation is the kind of thing that would normally count as a liability in American politics.”
Thus far, however, Mattis has escaped with barely a word about his time at Theranos.
But that could change.
Last month, federal prosecutors filed new charges against Theranos founder, Elizabeth Holmes, who was a close confidant of Mattis.
“Federal prosecutors earlier this month in a new ‘information’ filed an additional felony fraud charge against Holmes, related to a patient’s blood-test results,” said the San Jose Mercury in May.
Holmes was originally indicted on 11 counts of wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud, although the judge in the case threw out some charges in February.
Her trial has been postponed until late summer because of the coronavirus lockdown.
As one of Theranos’ key supporters in the Pentagon before going to work for the company, it’s impossible not to think that Mattis, who thus far has been accused of no wrong-doing, doesn’t have information about the case.
While it’s not clear yet who might be called to testify, or what kind of damage testifying can do to reputations, Mattis may have found the perfect firewall against press critics if called to testify when he shouted “Down with Trump!” in the pages of The Atlantic.
Brennan, Comey, et al. have certainly found the liberal warm-blanket, which accompanies denouncing Trump, insulating from the otherwise cold shoulder they’d have recieved from the press.
So far, it’s seems heart-warming for Mattis as well.
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