Tillerson & Putin

There is a lot of controversy surrounding President-elect Trump’s selection for Secretary of State, Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson. Most of the controversy is unfair, in my opinion. I, personally, believe the liberal/mainstream media is fear-mongering about Tillerson. But this woman, who didn’t vote for Trump, offered her thoughts on Rex Tillerson ..the young Texas lady worked on a jury 9 years ago and Tillerson just happened to be apart of it .. and she shared her experience.

TDC report: Emily Roden, a small business owner in Denton, Texas, served on a jury in Denton County with Tillerson nine years ago, and recounted the experience for The Dallas Morning News.

The case concerned a young girl who accused her mother’s boyfriend of sexual assault. Roden describes the girl as “scared and deeply wounded,” who relied on a local nonprofit for emotional support and legal aid throughout the ordeal.

The woman starts out by saying “Nine years ago, I showed up to the Denton County Courthouse for jury duty and got myself picked for the job. A young girl had accused her mom’s boyfriend of sexual assault, and the case was being brought to trial.”

She said that one of the jury’s first tasks was to pick the foreman for the group. She said [basically] everyone picked Tillerson to do it. She describes it like this, in her own words “Perhaps it was his business suit, his impressive stature, or his charisma, but almost everyone in that jury room suggested that this middle-aged man with graying hair was likely the most fit for the task.”


Tillerson, trying to keep a low-profile, politely declined being the jury’s foreman.

“I had just bought my first BlackBerry and used my breaks to catch up on all the emails I was missing from my week at the courthouse. I recall leaving the jury room on a break with this man and remarking how busy I was and how much work I had to do. He smiled as he sat and read the paper.”
She also said everyone was intrigued by Tillerson’s presence, despite not knowing who he was. Tillerson, apparently, always had an earpiece on –therefore the fellow jurors wondered who he was. The jury wondered among themselves and FINALLY someone asked Tillerson who he was..

Finally, during a break in the jury room, one juror had the nerve to ask: “Who are you? And what do you do?”

Our fellow jury member was reading the paper again and pointed out an article with Exxon in the headlines.

I work for them, he said humbly. There are a lot of people in this world who hate me for what I do, so they give me and my family guys like that to protect me.

The woman then said “It didn’t take long before a few internet searches revealed that I was serving on this jury with the CEO of Exxon Mobil, Rex Tillerson.”


The woman continued describing her experience of working with Tillerson in a jury. She got around to saying “The trial concluded, and it was time for the jury to deliberate. The story was heartbreaking, and the facts of the case were clear enough to make the majority of the jury convinced of the guilt of this sexual offender of a little girl. But the defense did a good enough job to create a couple of hold-outs. As our deliberations came to a close, it appeared we might have a hung jury.

That’s when Tillerson began to speak. Humbly, delicately and without an ounce of condescension toward those who disagreed, he began walking us all through the details of the case. I even recall being moved by his thorough explanation about the nature of doubt and the standards set forth by our justice system.”

As you see, the woman spoke glowingly about her experience working alongside Tillerson in a jury. She also said this:

With great patience, this man who strikes multibillion-dollar deals with foreign heads of state brought our scrappy jury together — to bring a sexual predator to justice and to deliver justice for a scared and deeply wounded little girl.

Folks, that displays TRUE & STRONG Leadership! That’s what we need as Sec. Of State! Don’t let the media fool you. Tillerson is the real deal!

The woman also mentions that she e-mailed Tillerson [not expecting a response from such an incredibly-busy man]. She alerted him of a nonprofit organization that was helping the little girl who got raped. She wrote “On a whim, I decided to reach out to Tillerson to encourage him to do the same. I found an email for him online and sent him a note, touting the role this agency played in our trial and urging him to consider supporting the great work they do. To my surprise, I received an email back thanking me for my note and my jury service, and ensuring me that he would contact the agency. I later received a call from the director of that nonprofit to let me know that Tillerson followed through and gave a generous donation.”
At the end of her writing, she says that this is not an endorsement for Tillerson to be Sec. of State [but she did not dispute against it either]. She also said that she did not vote for Trump. She says she was inspired to tell people about her personal experience of working for 5 days with Tillerson, after she saw the media VICIOUSLY & FALSELY labeling Tillerson as “corrupt” ..

“All I know is that this man who holds one of the most powerful positions in the world and clearly has the means and ability to side-step his jury responsibilities, served as a normal citizen without complaint or pretense.

I know that a scared little girl who was finally persuaded to come public with her account of abuse was inches away from a decision that would have sided with her abuser, yet this man put his negotiation skills to a noble use, and justice was served.

I know that this man and his myriad aides could have ignored an unsolicited email from a girl in her 20s suggesting that he donate to a local cause, but he took the time to respond and opened up his pocket book.

My five days with Rex Tillerson is all I know about this man and his character. And in light of the recent news, I thought this a relevant story to tell.”

-Emily Roden [writer of the piece/former juror with Tillerson]


READ THE ENTIRE PIECE HERE. Isn’t it an amazing piece? Great to know that Tillerson is a real man with true leadership .. he’ll make a phenomenal and strident Secretary of State..hopefully Congress will approve him to be Sec. of State, as Prez-elect Trump strongly nominated him!