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Trump isn’t nominating anyone to lead federal law enforcement agencies — and even Lindsey Graham is concerned

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Half of the largest federal law enforcement agencies don’t have long-term leadership under President Donald Trump, and the heads of several agencies haven’t had Senate-approved leaders since the Obama era.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Federal Bureau of Prisons are all without permanent heads, reported the Wall Street Journal.

The U.S. Senate has not approved leaders for the ATF, DEA or ICE under Trump, despite Republican majorities there.

Trump has never even nominated anyone to head up the ATF.

That leadership vacuum fits with a broader trend under the Trump administration, which has vacancies in 277 top positions out of just over 700 appointments that require Senate confirmation.

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Higher-than-normal turnover and a slow process for nominating and confirming federal officials has left the government with “unprecedented” vacancies.

There are no nominees for 132 positions and 138 nominees are awaiting Senate confirmation, and Trump has indicated that’s just the way he likes it.

“I sort of like ‘acting,’” Trump said earlier this year. “It gives me more flexibility.”

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But that management style sidesteps the Senate’s constitutional duty to advise and consent, and makes leadership less accountable to voters.

“A law-enforcement organization is dealing with some of the most serious powers of the state and that is the power that involves people’s liberty,” said Max Stier, head of the nonpartisan watchdog Partnership for Public Service.

“One of the purposes of the constitutional system we have is the checks and balances,” Stier added. “The Senate, one of their critical roles, is to be able to in essence vet the senior leadership of our government — choices that the president is making. That absolutely is a challenge is to the system of government that we have.”

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who chairs the committee that considers nominees for the ATF and DEA, said he doesn’t like the long-term vacancies but hasn’t pressured the White House to put up nominations.

“It bothers me,” Graham said. “Why aren’t they doing it? They should.”


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Trump busted for doubling down on his racist rants before Mueller speaks: ‘He’s scared’

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Appearing on CNN's "New Day," a former adviser to Bill Clinton said that he expects ex-special counsel Robert Mueller to make a some blunt statements about President Donald Trump in his upcoming appearance before a Congressional committee that will cause voters to turn on the president.

According to Guy Smith, who advised former President Bill Clinton during his impeachment ordeal, Mueller's own words will carry tremendous weight with voters who have no idea what is in his report on the president.

"Well, what we're going to see is people who have never read the report, which is most everybody, and they have only heard President Trump and the attorney general say he's been exonerated. It does not," he told host Christi Paul. "So, what's going to happen is that they're going to be hearing Robert Mueller in his own words say that the president obstructed justice. The American people have not read this thing."

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Trump ramps up new Twitter attack on four female Democratic lawmakers — raging they are ‘weak & insecure’

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Faced with a continuing firestorm over last Sunday's racist Twitter attack on four Democratic lawmakers -- who all happen to be women of color -- President Donald Trump was again returned to Twitter to attack the women instead of letting the issue die.

Moments after he used Twitter to attack the Washington Post for reporting on the turmoil he created -- which has been unversally condemned by Democrats and conservatives alike -- the president thought it was a good time to add fuel to the fire.

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Trump launches furious attack on Washington Post for new report about his racist tweet debacle: ‘Presidential harassment!’

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President Donald Trump launched yet another attack on the Washington Post on Sunday morning, accusing the paper of "Presidential harassment!" for reporting on the fall-out from his racist tweets and his equally racist rally in North Carolina.

Responding to the Post's report that Kellyanne Conway was forced to tell the president that he had set off  a firestorm last Sunday with his tweets attacking four Democratic lawmakers, the president pushed back using his old stand-by: "Fake News."

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