WASHINGTON, D.C. Republicans disenchanted with Donald Trump as the party’s presidential candidate plan to put forth a conservative alternative, former top House Republican aide and former CIA officer Evan McMullin, according to media reports on Monday.An announcement is expected online late Monday, MSNBC and BuzzFeed reported. Reuters could not confirm the reports and McMullin could not be immediately reached for comment.McMullin has been a frequent critic of Trump on social media, calling him an authoritarian and criticizing his stance on civil rights as well as his refusal to release his tax returns.A May 7 post to an unverified Twitter account in his name said: “Opposing @realDonaldTrump is about putting principle over power, a virtue some in Washington are too quick to abandon. #NeverTrump.”Like Trump, however, McMullin has never held elected office.He most recently served as the House Republican Conference’s chief policy director and has worked in Congress since 2013, according to a profile on LinkedIn. He previously spent 11 years as an operations officer for the Central Intelligence Agency.The House Republican Conference, in a statement, said McMullin no longer worked there.”The House Republican Conference has zero knowledge of his intentions,” conference spokesman Nate Hodson said.MSNBC host Joe Scarborough, a former Republican U.S. lawmaker, cited multiple sources saying McMullin was running as an independent conservative and would announce the decision Monday. McMullin also has the backing of key Republican donors, he added.
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on Thursday he would stay out of any probe into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election but maintained he did nothing wrong by failing […]
RALEIGH Captain Stanley’s has been in business for 38 years, watching the economy rise and fall, neighboring restaurants thrive and diminish, and the climate alter for small businesses in North Carolina.Heath Stanley, who is […]
RICHMOND, Va. A divided federal appeals court said Rowan County, approximately 40 miles northeast of Charlotte, violated the U.S. Constitution by limiting delivery of prayer at the beginning of their meetings to members of […]