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  • President Donald Trump’s allies in the media are divided on how to defuse a bombshell report from The New York Times.
  • According to sources in the report published on Friday, deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein floated the idea of invoking the 25th Amendment to discharge President Donald Trump, and allegedly suggested wearing a wire to secretly record conversations with the president.
  • While some conservative personalities called for Rosenstein’s immediate ouster, others expressed caution and warned Trump not to fire the deputy attorney general.
  • One Fox News opinion host suggested The Times’s report was a trap intended to get Trump to fire Rosenstein in a fit of pique, which, according to the host, could give lawmakers new reasons to try to impeach him.

President Donald Trump’s allies in the media are divided on how to defuse the bombshell report in which deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein allegedly floated the idea of invoking the 25th Amendment to evict President Donald Trump from the White House, and allegedly suggested wearing a wire to secretly record conversations with the president.

Rosenstein’s alleged comments, which some sources claim was said in jest, were reportedly made days after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey in May 2017. The comments were recounted by sources who were briefed on either Rosenstein’s meetings and conversations, or on the contemporaneous memos written by former FBI officials, including then-acting FBI director Andrew McCabe.

The revelation was first reported by The New York Times on Friday.

But the report, which Rosenstein described as “inaccurate and factually incorrect,” still shook Trump’s closest allies.

Conservative media personalities weighed in on TV and put forth their theories about who leaked details of the memo. While some conservatives called for Rosenstein’s immediate ouster, others warned Trump to be cautious.


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Fox News host Sean Hannity.

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“I have a message for the president tonight,” Fox News opinion host Sean Hannity said Friday night. “Under zero circumstances should the president fire anybody.”

Hannity suggested “deep-state” actors within the Justice Department were tempting Trump to impulsively fire Rosenstein, who is overseeing special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. Firing Rosenstein could have grave implications for Trump, who is already under scrutiny for possibly obstructing justice by firing Comey.

“These actors tonight … they are hoping and praying that the president does just that,” Hannity said. “They’re hoping he gets mad, that he gets sick and tired of it, and that they can turn this politically into their equivalent of a Friday Night Massacre. The president needs to know it is all a setup.”


Former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe.play

Former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe.

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Tucker Carlson, another opinion host on Fox News, also suggested The Times’s report was a trap and floated the idea that McCabe, who was fired by Trump 26 hours before his official retirement, leaked the memos since he “has every incentive to want to see the president impeached.”

McCabe would “do that knowing that the story might cause the president to fire Rod Rosenstein,” and give probably cause for Democrats to file impeachment proceedings, Carlson said on his show.

McCabe, through his attorney, said he “has no knowledge of how any member of the media obtained those memos.”

Carlson also noted that the report would inevitably “drive the president crazy,” and cause internal division within the White House.

“If you were laying a trap for Donald Trump, this might be exactly how you’d do it,” Carlson warned. “Before moving forward, the president might ask himself, ‘why do [Andrew] McCabe and the New York Times want me to fire Rod Rosenstein? And why do they want me to do it now, rather than a year ago?'”

“When your enemies give you political advice, it’s worth asking questions like that,” Carlson added.

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But other conservatives, such as Fox News opinion host Laura Ingraham, advised Trump to take the scorched Earth approach on the Justice Department, a bureaucracy he described this week as being inflicted by “a cancer.”

“The president, tonight, should seriously consider whether Rod Rosenstein should remain on the job,” Ingraham said. “The White House should be devoting every resource it can to determining the veracity of this report.”

“We just cannot have this plotting at the highest levels of the Justice Department against the chief executive of this executive branch,” she added.


Deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein.play

Deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein.

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Trump previously threatened to “get involved” after the conservative House Freedom Caucus drafted articles of impeachment against Rosenstein for slow-walking the release documents on Justice Department employees. But he has reportedly warmed up to Rosenstein as recently as August, after having held phone calls and meetings with him several times a week.

“It’s fantastic,” Trump said, referring to his relationship with Rosenstein, in a Wall Street Journal report. “We have a great relationship.”

But the latest report on Rosenstein comes amid another chaotic moment in the White House, which could arouse suspicion and drive a wedge between whatever relationship Trump and the deputy attorney general may have.

The report also comes on the heels of Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward’s tell-all book, “Fear: Trump in the White House,” and the publishing of an anonymous New York Times op-ed that shines an unflattering light on Trump’s presidency.

Despite The Times’s report, Trump did not overtly telegraph his intentions during a campaign speech at a rally in Missouri on Friday night. He gave a qualified appraisal of the Justice Department in his speech but took a moment to snipe at what he called “some real bad” FBI employees.

“We have great people in the Department of Justice. We have great people,” Trump said. “These are people, I really believe, you take a poll, I gotta be at 95%.”

“But you got some real bad ones,” he added. “You’ve seen what’s happened at the FBI. They’re all gone. They’re all gone. They’re all gone. But there’s a lingering stench and we’re going to get rid of that too.”



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Public officers above 58 years and with pre-existing conditions told to work from home: The Standard

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Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua. [File, Standard]
In a document from Head of Public Service, Joseph Kinyua new measure have been outlined to curb the bulging spread of covid-19. Public officers with underlying health conditions and those who are over 58 years -a group that experts have classified as most vulnerable to the virus will be required to execute their duties from home.

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However, the new rule excluded personnel in the security sector and other critical and essential services.
“All State and public officers with pre-existing medical conditions and/or aged 58 years and above serving in CSG5 (job group ‘S’) and below or their equivalents should forthwith work from home,” read the document,” read the document.
To ensure that those working from home deliver, the Public Service directs that there be clear assignments and targets tasked for the period designated and a clear reporting line to monitor and review work done.
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Others measures outlined in the document include the provision of personal protective equipment to staff, provision of sanitizers and access to washing facilities fitted with soap and water, temperature checks for all staff and clients entering public offices regular fumigation of office premises and vehicles and minimizing of visitors except by prior appointments.
Officers who contract the virus and come back to work after quarantine or isolation period will be required to follow specific directives such as obtaining clearance from the isolation facility certified by the designated persons indicating that the public officer is free and safe from Covid-19. The officer will also be required to stay away from duty station for a period of seven days after the date of medical certification.
“The period a public officer spends in quarantine or isolation due to Covid-19, shall be treated as sick leave and shall be subject to the Provisions of the Human Resource Policy and procedures Manual for the Public Service(May,2016),” read the document.
The service has also made discrimination and stigmatization an offence and has guaranteed those affected with the virus to receive adequate access to mental health and psychosocial supported offered by the government.
The new directives targeting the Public Services come at a time when Kenyans have increasingly shown lack of strict observance of the issued guidelines even as the number of positive Covid-19 cases skyrocket to 13,771 and leaving 238 dead as of today.
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Principal Secretaries/ Accounting Officers will be personally responsible for effective enforcement and compliance of the current guidelines and any future directives issued to mitigate the spread of Covid-19.

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Uhuru convenes summit to review rising Covid-19 cases: The Standard

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President Uhuru Kenyatta (pictured) will on Friday, July 24, meet governors following the ballooning Covid-19 infections in recent days.
The session will among other things review the efficacy of the containment measures in place and review the impact of the phased easing of the restrictions, State House said in a statement.
This story is being updated.
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Kenya has been ranked 6th among African countries with the highest cases of depression, this has triggered anxiety by the World Health Organization (WHO), with 1.9 million people suffering from a form of mental conditions such as depression, substance abuse.

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Globally, one in four people is affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lives, this is according to the WHO.

Currently, around 450 million people suffer from such conditions, placing mental disorders among the leading causes of ill-health and disability worldwide.

The pandemic has also been known to cause significant distress, mostly affecting the state of one’s mental well-being.

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With the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic attributed to the novel Coronavirus disease, millions have been affected globally with over 14 million infections and half a million deaths as to date. This has brought about uncertainty coupled with difficult situations, including job loss and the risk of contracting the deadly virus.

In Kenya the first Coronavirus case was reported in Nairobi by the Ministry of Health on the 12th March 2020.  It was not until the government put in place precautionary measures including a curfew and lockdown (the latter having being lifted) due to an increase in the number of infections that people began feeling its effect both economically and socially.

A study by Dr. Habil Otanga,  a Lecturer at the University of Nairobi, Department of Psychology says  that such measures can in turn lead to surge in mental related illnesses including depression, feelings of confusion, anger and fear, and even substance abuse. It also brings with it a sense of boredom, loneliness, anger, isolation and frustration. In the post-quarantine/isolation period, loss of employment due to the depressed economy and the stigma around the disease are also likely to lead to mental health problems.

The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) states that at least 300,000 Kenyans have lost their jobs due to the Coronavirus pandemic between the period of January and March this year.

KNBC noted that the number of employed Kenyans plunged to 17.8 million as of March from 18.1 million people as compared to last year in December. The Report states that the unemployment rate in Kenya stands at 13.7 per cent as of March this year while it stood 12.4 per cent in December 2019.

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Mama T (not her real name) is among millions of Kenyans who have been affected by containment measures put in place to curb the spread of the virus, either by losing their source of income or having to work under tough guidelines put in place by the MOH.

As young mother and an event organizer, she has found it hard to explain to her children why they cannot go to school or socialize freely with their peers as before.

“Sometimes it gets difficult as they do not understand what is happening due to their age, this at times becomes hard on me as they often think I am punishing them,”

Her contract was put on hold as no event or public gatherings can take place due to the pandemic. This has brought other challenges along with it, as she has to find means of fending for her family expenditures that including rent and food.

“I often wake up in the middle of the night with worries about my next move as the pandemic does not exhibit any signs of easing up,” she says. She adds that she has been forced to sort for manual jobs to keep her family afloat.

Ms. Mary Wahome, a Counseling Psychologist and Programs Director at ‘The Reason to Hope,’ in Karen, Nairobi says that such kind of drastic life changes have an adverse effect on one’s mental status including their family members and if not addressed early can lead to depression among other issues.

“We have had cases of people indulging in substance abuse to deal with the uncertainty and stress brought about by the pandemic, this in turn leads to dependence and also domestic abuse,”

Sam Njoroge , a waiter at a local hotel in Kiambu, has found himself indulging in substance abuse due to challenges he is facing after the hotel he was working in was closed down as it has not yet met the standards required by the MOH to open.

“My day starts at 6am where I go to a local pub, here I can get a drink for as little as Sh30, It makes me suppress the frustration I feel.” he says.

Sam is among the many who have found themselves in the same predicament and resulted to substance abuse finding ways to beat strict measures put in place by the government on the sale of alcohol so as to cope.

Mary says, situations like Sam’s are dangerous and if not addressed early can lead to serious complications, including addiction and dependency, violent behavior and also early death due to health complications.

She has, however, lauded the government for encouraging mental wellness and also launching the Psychological First Aid (PFA) guide in the wake of the virus putting emphasis on the three action principal of look, listen and link. “When we follow this it will be easy to identify an individual in distress and also offer assistance”.

Mary has urged anyone feeling the weight of the virus taking a toll on them not to hesitate but look for someone to talk to.

“You should not only seek help from a specialist but also talk to a friend, let them know what you are undergoing and how you feel, this will help ease their emotional stress and also find ways of dealing with the situation they are facing,” She added

Mary continued to stress on the need to perform frequent body exercises as a form of stress relief, reading and also taking advantage of this unfortunate COVID-19 period to engage in hobbies and talent development.

“Let people take this as an opportunity to kip fit, get in touch with one’s inner self and  also engage in   reading that would  help expand their knowledge.

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