Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) on Tuesday hammered Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos over what she said was a lack of concern for the civil liberties of students of color.
In particular, Lee grilled DeVos about the discrepancies in punishments for the same offenses when they’re conducted by students of color versus when they’re conducted by white students.
“The issue is the differing of punishment by race for the same type of infraction, the disparity there as it relates to suspensions and expulsions,” Lee said. “For the same infraction, black and brown students are expelled at a much higher rate. That’s what you call racial bias and racism.”
Lee then pivoted to asking DeVos if she could understand why black and brown students were worried about the president’s plan to arm teachers, given that many of them already face significantly greater punishments for the same infractions compared to white students.
When DeVos dodged this question, Lee asked her why she had yet to respond to a letter Lee sent her office all the way back in June about the problems of school segregation — and DeVos responded by blaming the Senate for slow walking Department of Education appointees.
“Madam Secretary, you just don’t care much about civil rights of black and brown children,” Lee replied in disgust. “This is horrible.”
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Trump fumes over Roger Stone’s conviction — and demands to know when Mueller and ‘Shifty Schiff’ get prosecuted
President Donald Trump reacted to Roger Stone's guilty verdict by threatening to jail at least 12 of his political opponents.
His longtime associate was convicted on seven counts, including lying to Congress, on charges brought by special counsel Robert Mueller as part of the investigation of Russian election interference.
"So they now convict Roger Stone of lying and want to jail him for many years to come," Trump tweeted. "Well, what about Crooked Hillary, Comey, Strzok, Page, McCabe, Brennan, Clapper, Shifty Schiff, Ohr & Nellie, Steele & all of the others, including even Mueller himself? Didn’t they lie?"
Roger Stone convicted on all seven counts on charges filed in Mueller probe
Roger Stone was convicted Friday on multiple counts on charges brought by special counsel Robert Mueller.
The longtime associate of President Donald Trump was convicted on all seven counts.
He was charged with lying to Congress, obstruction of Congress, witness tampering and other crimes.
Stone was the nexus between the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks coordinating the release of emails stolen from the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman by Russian hackers, according to investigators.
He potentially faces up to 50 years in prison under the statutes, but most likely will be sentenced to far less.
Trump’s attack on Yovanovitch is ‘exactly’ what Republicans hoped wouldn’t happen: Fox News producer
President Donald Trump attack on former Ukraine ambassador Marie Yovanovitch is "exactly" what Republicans hoped wouldn't happen during the impeachment hearings, according to Fox News' senior Capitol Hill producer.
As Yovanovitch testified during the second public House impeachment hearing on Friday, Trump said on Twitter that everywhere she "went turned bad."
"She started off in Somalia, how did that go? Then fast forward to Ukraine, where the new Ukrainian President spoke unfavorably about her in my second phone call with him. It is a U.S. President’s absolute right to appoint ambassadors," he tweeted.