The Invisible Man Who Hires Trump’s Staff – Johnny DeStefano

Just for the record, should anyone in the future ever be interested in learning what happened to Donald Trump between his campaign for the Presidency in 2016 and May of 2017, it is important to take a look at the invisible man who is reportedly packing the White House full of anti-Trump personnel.

His name is Johnny DeStefano.

I know what you’re thinking.  Johnny Who?  Johnny DeStefano.   He is the man solely in charge of screening and hiring the President’s White House staff – about 4,000 positions.  Some of them are really important and require Senate approval.  It’s a big job.  So, who is Johnny DeStefano and how did he come from nowhere to be in charge of hiring all of the people who surround the President of the United States?

You won’t find any video footage of Johnny, himself, on YouTube.  I looked.  He’s an invisible man there.

To understand how Johnny D came to the White House we have to look first at RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, whom Donald Trump chose as his White House Chief of Staff.  I was very uncomfortable when Trump made that choice.  Priebus was too quiet during the anti-Trump media firestorm which broke out and blazed ever more intensely during the 2016 primary season – and following the RNC convention.  He sat on the fence and watched as the Establishment Republicans relentlessly eviscerated and tried to hamstring their own front-running candidate.

The late Phyllis Schlafly was not particularly fond of Priebus or his Republican “manifesto”, written and published following the defeat of Mitt Romney in 2012.  In March of 2013 Schlafly wrote:

A claque of liberals and media bigwigs are calling RNC Chairman Reince Priebus’s 97-page political opus an Autopsy, which the dictionary defines as the dissection of a body after death. Some people are hoping the Republican Party is dead, but the grassroots are raring to rise up and fight…

…The Priebus manifesto was written by Party insiders who are very Establishment (i.e., associates of one of the two Bushes, and no local Party conservatives or Tea Party types), so we can’t expect the authors to take blame for their disastrous election loss in 2012. After all, they predicted their victory right up to and including Election Day…

Interviewed by Breitbart News, another conservative icon, Michael Savage, publicly warned Donald Trump in very certain terms that Reince Priebus was not a good choice to be White House Chief of Staff.

Priebus is “the enemy within,” Savage warns.

“He’s the RNC! Everything the voters rejected,” Savage tells Breitbart News. “He will steer Trump away from every policy we sent him to D.C. to change. He is the enemy within. He is [Paul] Ryan, [Mitch] McConnell, and the Old Guard. They do not want change. ‘Out with the old, in with the new.’”

A close Ryan ally, Priebus was responsible for the GOP “autopsy” following the Romney-Ryan loss of 2012. One of its conclusions held that, to win elections, Republicans must embrace an immigration agenda that would import future voters who tend to overwhelmingly support Democrat policies…

Nonetheless, for reasons that may remain forever a mystery, Donald Trump invited Reince Priebus aboard the ship, and placed him at the helm of all White House activities.

Which brings us to the covert entry of the Invisible Man, Johnny DeStefano, into the very heart of Trump’s surroundings.  Lisa Rein of the Washington Post gave us a little information regarding from whence Johnny D suddenly appeared.  On April 19th Rein wrote:

…He [DeStefano] climbed the ladder of Washington politics the traditional way. The summer of his junior year at Saint Louis University, his uncle, a longtime Capitol Hill chief of staff, helped get him an internship with then-Rep. J.C. Watts (R-Okla.). After graduation, DeStefano got a job serving as liaison to outside conservative groups for the House Republican Conference, and when Democrats targeted Rep. Deborah Pryce in 2006, he went to Ohio to run her reelection campaign.

The GOP lost the House — but Pryce squeaked by with a margin of 1,055 votes. [Speaker of the House John] Boehner took notice and hired DeStefano to help recruit Republicans to run for the House…

That is significant.  John Boehner is no friend of Donald Trump.  He never has been. He is pure Establishment Republican.

Continuing with Lisa Rein’s report:

…Priebus, who got to know DeStefano when he was Republican National Committee chairman, called DeStefano two days before Christmas [2016] to ask him to come to New York the next day to meet the president-elect’s son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner, at Trump Tower…

Kushner is also an interesting study.

…“Literally, this came out of the blue,” Boehner says. “You don’t have to wonder what you’re getting with Johnny. He brings stability.”

He had no experience in executive searches before this. Most presidents have their personnel chiefs in place months before the election. He wasn’t on board until late January, after Trump’s transition team had dumped New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) and his lists of potential job candidates. The hiring operation was on life support.

Uh huh.  And would you care to know more about how and why Johnny D came out of the blue?  Chris Christie went out the door when Jared Kushner became Trump’s right hand man.  And why was Chris Christie shown the exit?  Interestingly, Christie was the federal prosecutor who sent Jared Kushner’s father to prison.

Oh, you can figure it out.  I know you can.

So, there you have it.  It was Reince Priebus who brought Johnny DeStefano in.  Johnny D is the White House hiring guy.  He’s smooth.  He’s good looking.  He exudes confidence.  He was a favorite of John Boehner.

And somehow, there are more leaks and treachery from staff members within this White House than from any other I can recall in my life.  I wonder why that is.

About John L. Work

John Lloyd Work has taken the detective thriller genre and woven an occasional political thread throughout his books, morphing what was once considered an arena reserved for pure fiction into believable, terrifying, futuristic, true-to-life “faction”. He traveled the uniformed patrolman’s path, answering brutal domestic violence calls, high speed chases, homicides, suicides, armed robberies, breaking up bar fights, and the accompanying sporadic unpredictable moments of terror - which eventually come to all police officers, sometimes when least expected. He gradually absorbed the hard fact that the greatest danger a cop faces comes in the form of day-to-day encounters with emotionally disturbed, highly intoxicated people. Those experiences can wear a cop down, grinding on his own emotions and psyche. Prolonged exposure to the worst of people and people at their worst can soon make him believe that the world is a sewer. That police officer’s reality is a common thread throughout Work’s crime fiction books. Following his graduation from high school, Work studied music and became a professional performer, conductor and teacher. Life made a sudden, unexpected turn when, one afternoon in 1976, his cousin, who eventually became the Chief of the Ontario, California, Police Department, talked him into riding along during a patrol shift. The musician was hooked into becoming a police officer. After working for two years as a reserve officer in Southern California and in Boulder, Colorado, he joined the Longmont, Colorado Police Department. Work served there for seven years, investigating crimes as a patrolman, detective and patrol sergeant. In 1989 he joined the Adams County, Colorado Sheriff’s Office, where he soon learned that locking a criminal up inside a jail or prison does not put him out of business. As a sheriff’s detective he investigated hundreds of crimes, including eleven contract murder conspiracies which originated “inside the walls”. While serving on the Adams County North Metro Gang Task Force and as a member of the Colorado Security Threat Intelligence Network Group (STING), Work designed a seminar on how a criminal’s mind formulates his victim selection strategy. Over a period of six years he taught that class in sheriff’s academies and colleges throughout Colorado. He saw the world of crime both inside the walls and out on the streets. His final experiences in the criminal law field were with the Colorado State Public Defender’s Office, where for nearly two years he investigated felonies from the defense side of the Courtroom. Twenty-two years of observing human nature at its worst, combined with watching some profound changes in America’s culture and political institutions, provided plenty of material for his first three books. A self-published author, he just finished writing his tenth thriller.
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3 Responses to The Invisible Man Who Hires Trump’s Staff – Johnny DeStefano

  1. James Clark says:

    If this is true, Trump needs to drain his own swamp. Best attack, hire a bunch of former Marine GOP officers who have been trained from OCS to learn how to control their loose lips. I will have to let President Trump know I am available from 17 June on when I leave Germany for good when I retire….As a DoD educator, I am already fully vetted. However, when that happened was the same time that OPM was hacked two summers ago when the personal information of over 2,000,000 workers was compromised. Oh well.

  2. Mike says:

    Trump chose a GOP political operative named John DeStefano to run the office, making the pick just two weeks before his swearing-in.

    DeStefano had basically no staff going in, with the president’s personnel team increasing to about 30 aides directly after the inauguration, and not growing bigger since, the Post found.

    DeStefano’s deputy became a former campaign aide who was the one holdover from the Chrstie transition, then 28-year-old Sean Doocey.

    Doocey is now in charge of the day-to-day operations of the PPO, with DeStefano getting promoted in February to assistant and counselor to the president.

    He’s now responsible for overseeing the offices of Presidential Personnel, Political Affairs and Public Liaison.

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