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Homeland Security head Kirstjen Nielsen close to resigning after Trump berated her in front of cabinet members: report

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Donald Trump and DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen reportedly almost quit after President Donald Trump castigated her in front of his cabinet Wednesday.

According to The New York Times, several current and former officials familiar with the incident said Trump was furious about her “failure to adequately secure the nation’s borders.”

The Times described Nielsen as chief of staff John Kelly’s protégée. She has drafted a resignation letter but has yet to submit it.

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One person familiar with the meeting told The Times that Trump’s explosion was part of a rant about the lack of progress he feels the U.S. has made erecting his border wall and stopping undocumented immigrants from entering the country.

Another person familiar with the incident said Trump was triggered by Mexico not doing more to prevent immigrant crossings. Another person, however, said that the president was focused more on homeland security because he feels Nielson is responsible for undocumented immigrants crossing into the U.S.

In a statement, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said “the president is committed to fixing our broken immigration system and our porous borders. We are a country of laws and the president and his administration will enforce them.”


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Impeachment: Trump’s ‘hearsay’ defense just crashed and burned

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In the panoply of contradictory and incoherent defenses of Donald Trump, a favorite of Republicans has been to harp on the claim that witnesses to Trump's extortion scheme against Ukraine were all "second-hand" or "third-hand." This has always been confounding, as the official summary readout of the famous phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky shows Trump clearly conditioning military aid and U.S. support on Zelensky giving a public boost to Trump's conspiracy theories about former Vice President Joe Biden and other Democratic leaders. The witnesses so far have simply affirmed what the written record demonstrates amply.

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WATCH: Dejected Devin Nunes slumps back in his chair after he fails to yield his time to Elise Stefanik

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The top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee was visibly frustrated after once again getting shut down while attempting a parliamentary maneuver.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) has been attempting to ignore the rules governing the impeachment inquiry so that he can yield Republicans' time to fellow members of Congress, instead of just the professional GOP counsel.

Nunes has attempted to yield time to Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), who has been raising re-election funds off of her outbursts in the hearings.

Once again, Nunes attempted to yield his time to a fellow Republican and once again Nunes was told that is against the rules.

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Mike Pompeo wants to run for Senate — but can’t figure out a graceful way to resign: report

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For months, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has been dogged by rumors that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is trying to recruit him to run for Senate in his home state of Kansas — a claim that he has flatly denied.

Now, Time reports that multipler Republican sources have confirmed Pompeo does in fact have a Kansas Senate run on his radar. The only problem is that he can't figure out a graceful way to exit the Trump administration.

Pompeo, who has largely remained in President Donald Trump's good graces, has come under national scrutiny for his role in the Ukraine scandal, which has seen several foreign service officers and national security officials testifying that Trump set up a backchannel with his lawyer Rudy Giuliani to Ukrainian leadership to demand political help against former Vice President Joe Biden.

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