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Three top Democrats announce House committees will investigate ‘unprecedented firings’ at Homeland Security

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Three top Democratic House Chairs say they are launching investigations into President Donald Trump’s “unprecedented firings” of Dept. of Homeland Security officials.

Chairmen Elijah Cummings (D-MD), Jerry Nadler (D-NY) and Bennie Thompson (D-MS) sent a letter to the Acting Homeland Security Secretary, Kevin McAleenan, notifying him of the investigations, as The Hill reports.

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President Trump has recently fired Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, Acting Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Claire Grady, Secret Service Director Randolph Ailes.

“We are deeply concerned that the firing and forced resignation of these officials puts the security of the American people at risk,” their letter states. “We are also concerned that the President may have removed DHS officials because they refused his demands to violate federal immigration law and judicial orders.”

“Moreover, we are concerned by reports that, even as he has removed the Department’s leadership, the President has sought to empower a White House aide, Stephen Miller, to ‘be in charge of handling all immigration and border affairs,’” the top lawmakers added.

This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change. This story will be updated, and NCRM will likely publish follow-up stories on this news. Stay tuned and refresh for updates.

 

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GOP’s Kevin McCarthy repeatedly lies in Trump defense against articles of impeachment

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy defended President Donald Trump from the articles of impeachment issued by Democrats, and he was roundly criticized for lying about the evidence.

The California Republican complained that the minority was not allowed to call witnesses during impeachment hearings, and then cited testimony from a GOP witness to defend the president.

"We watched in a hearing, a Democrat constitutional scholar that did not vote for President Trump say this was the weakest, the thinnest, the fastest impeachment in the history of America," McCarthy said. "He then went to say if there was an abuse it would be abuse on the Democrats to move forward. The speaker must not have listened to that hearing. If the speaker had only waited 48 hours to release the transcript, America would not be put through the nightmare."

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Trump to meet with top Russian foreign minister amid impeachment battle

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday opened a visit to Washington in which he will meet Donald Trump, the very day when Democrats unveiled impeachment charges against the president.

The timing marks a redux of the veteran Russian diplomat's last visit to Washington in May 2017, when Trump was fighting off allegations that he cooperated with Russia and was accused of sharing classified information with Lavrov.

Lavrov began the day of talks by meeting with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who said the Trump administration was determined to pursue its work despite the politics at home.

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Putin’s ‘long game’ is to ‘destroy western democracies’ — and the GOP is helping him: Former CIA officer

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As articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump move forward in the U.S. House of Representatives, pro-Trump Republicans continue to insist that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 presidential election — a claim that foreign affairs expert Fiona Hill described as total nonsense during her testimony before the House Intelligence Committee last month. Regardless, Republican Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina recently told an NBC News reporter that in 2016, “Every elected official in the Ukraine was for Hillary Clinton. Is that very different than the Russians being for Donald Trump?” And former CIA officer Alex Finley, in a December 10 article for Just Security, explains why Burr’s assertion is a “false equivalence” that “completely and dangerously mischaracterizes the threat we are facing” from Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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