Approximately 200 DHS volunteers have deployed to the border, amid other personnel shifts

(CNN)The Department of Homeland Security is shifting personnel from various agencies to the southern border to assist with the surge of migrants arriving from Central America, according to DHS officials. Volunteers include personnel from the Transportation Security Administration, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and US Secret Service. However, all DHS component agencies were asked to provide volunteers. The ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, Sen. Gary Peters, was critical of the moves, saying that “Congress must address the challenges at the Southern border without jeopardizing security at the Northern border or any of DHS’ other critical national security missions.” “Transferring resources and personnel from other vital agencies like TSA or FEMA are short-sighted, temporary fixes that could have …

Trump allies mobilize against congressman’s impeachment revolt

(CNN)Republicans are moving fast to squelch Justin Amash’s rebellion against Donald Trump before his conclusion that the President “engaged in impeachable conduct” — the first by a GOP lawmaker — can gather momentum. The early signs are that Amash’s protest will not materially shift political dynamics in Washington that mean any attempt to impeach Trump remains a long-shot scenario. But it introduced an unpredictable dimension into the building political storm over potential House testimony by Robert Mueller as Democrats accuse Attorney General William Barr of slow rolling a decision on a date for the special counsel to appear. Amash accused Barr of “deliberately” misrepresenting Mueller’s report — an explosive charge that will ensure Mueller will face an uncomfortable spotlight whenever …

Keir Starmer blames ‘wannabe Tory leaders’ for Brexit talks failure

Shadow Brexit secretary says impasse could be broken by allowing confirmatory vote The shadow Brexit secretary, Keir Starmer, has blamed wannabe Tory leaders for the breakdown of cross-party talks as he renewed his call for a second referendum on leaving the EU. The government and Labour sought to blame each other after Mays imminent departure from Downing Street meant there was no guarantee any promises would be kept by McDonnell likens Brexit talks to dealing with firm going bust video He echoed the agreed to set a timetable at the start of next month to elect a new leader. In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, Hancock, who voted remain in the referendum, said: I think a general election before …

Chelsea Manning says she doesn’t know if she’ll be jailed again after refusing to testify about WikiLeaks

Washington (CNN)Former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning, recently released from jail after refusing to testify about her disclosure of military and diplomatic secrets to WikiLeaks in 2010, said Sunday she doesn’t know if she’ll be sent back to jail after another planned refusal to answer questions before a grand jury this week. During another part of her interview, Manning, who served seven years in prison for the massive leak, said prosecutors have asked questions about “disclosures and how the things are disclosed and why they’re disclosed, as opposed to how it was obtained.” Manning was released last week from a detention center in Virginia after serving nearly two months there. Her jail sentence came after she objected to questioning in …

Appeals court allows Trump’s policy of returning some asylum seekers to Mexico to continue for now

(CNN)A federal appeals court is allowing the Trump administration to continue returning some asylum seekers to Mexico for the duration of their immigration hearings, for now. During oral arguments in late April, the three-judge panel — made up of two judges appointed by Democratic presidents and one appointed by a Republican — grappled with whether the policy should be allowed to continue, diving into technical matters and raising concerns about the process itself without providing much indication about where they stood on the policy overall. Judge Paul J. Watford, who had expressed skepticism about the process, relayed those concerns again in his concurring opinion. “In my view, DHS has adopted procedures so ill-suited to achieving that stated goal as to …

Bharara: Mueller likely didn’t subpoena Trump in order to end probe well before 2020 election

Washington (CNN)Preet Bharara, the former US attorney from the Southern District of New York, said Thursday special counsel Robert Mueller likely didn’t subpoena President Donald Trump for in-person testimony in order to end his probe well before the 2020 election. “And so even if everything else was done and the last thing left was an interview with the President,” he continued, “and you had that pending litigation going on in court, probably going all the way up to the Supreme Court, we would not have a Mueller report and it probably would’ve taken us to the election.” As part of Mueller’s nearly two-year investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and potential collusion between Trump associates and Russia, Trump …

Bill Weld officially announces he is challenging Trump for GOP nomination in 2020

(CNN)Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld announced Monday he is officially entering the race for president, becoming the first Republican to challenge President Donald Trump in the 2020 race. Weld ran for Senate in Massachusetts in 1996 and lost against John Kerry. He later moved to New York and in 2005 unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination for governor. Weld told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “The Lead” that it would be a “political tragedy” and he would “fear for the Republic” if the country had six more years of Trump as President. “I really think if we have six more years of the same stuff we’ve had out of the White House the last two years that would be a political tragedy, …

CBP terminates controversial $297 million Accenture contract amid continued staffing struggles

Washington (CNN)Customs and Border Protection on Thursday ended its controversial $297 million hiring contract with Accenture, according to two senior DHS officials and an Accenture representative. This week, the entire contract was terminated for “convenience,” government speak for agreeing to part ways without placing blame on Accenture. While government hiring is “slow and onerous, it’s also part of being in the government” and that’s “something we have to accept and deal with as we go forward,” said one of the officials. For its efforts, CBP paid Accenture around $19 million in start-up costs, and around $2 million for 58 people who got job offers, according to the officials. Over the last couple of months, CBP explored how to modify the …

Gillibrand sees Trump as ‘a toddler who is melting down and making bad decisions’

(CNN)Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand told voters in New Hampshire that she views President Donald Trump as “a toddler who is melting down and making bad decisions.” Gillibrand added that she felt the problems in the country aren’t really about Trump. “I think he is a symptom of a much larger problem,” she said. “I think the real problem that’s happening in this country is that greed and corruption decide everything in Washington.” Gillibrand told New Hampshire voters what she believes Trump ran on in 2016 to woo voters, saying that he let down Americans with unfulfilled promises of “no bad trade deals,” “the system is rigged” and “build a wall,” and that his presidency has spread hate, division …

Trump lawyers issue letter fighting tax return request

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump continues to hold his ground against Democratic efforts to obtain his tax returns, with one administration official telling CNN that the President and his team are willing to fight the House Democratic request all the way to the Supreme Court. “They have zero right to it,” the official said, who added Trump has also made it clear he’s not releasing his tax returns. READ: Trump lawyers send letter pushing back on tax return request Trump has retained Arlington, Virginia-based law firm Consovoy McCarthy Park PLLC to represent him on the matter. Lawyer William Consovoy argued in a statement on Friday that the requests for Trump’s tax information “are not consistent with governing law, do not advance …

Trump says ‘granddaddy’ US-China trade pact could be done in ‘weeks’

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump on Thursday hinted the United States and China may be inching closer to finalizing a deal to end a year-long trade impasse between the world’s two largest economic superpowers within weeks. Liu hinted that the two sides are moving closer to a deal, calling the latest round of talks “fruitful.” US and China negotiators “reached new consensus on such important issues as the text of the … trade agreement,” Liu said, according to state-run Xinhua news. The comments were a rare note of optimism from China over the ongoing negotiations. Talks this week in Washington were yet another make-or-break moment for what has been closely held trade negotiation that has drifted beyond the ambitious 90-day clock …

Juncker rejects May appeal for further Brexit delay

European commission president insists 12 April ultimate deadline for MPs to pass withdrawal deal Theresa Mays appeal for a short Brexit extension has been rejected by Jean-Claude Juncker, who said that unless the withdrawal deal was passed within nine days the UK would crash out of the EU or have to sign up to a long delay. Less than 24 hours after May had spelled out Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

House panel authorizes subpoena for Mueller report as Trump backs away from calls for public release

(CNN)The House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday approved a subpoena to obtain the full confidential report from special counsel Robert Mueller, sending a warning to Attorney General William Barr not to redact Mueller’s report and setting the stage for a clash between Congress and the Trump administration. “The big question is, do we get the entire report and the documentation? Or does he redact it so it’s meaningless?” Nadler told on CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Tuesday. In addition to the Mueller report subpoena, the committee plans to vote to authorize five subpoenas Wednesday for former White House officials — Steve Bannon, Reince Priebus, Hope Hicks, Donald McGahn and Annie Donaldson — related to obtaining documents in the panel’s investigation into possible …

Why Donald Trump needs Obamacare

(CNN)President Donald Trump wants to kill Obamacare, but it will be a lot harder for him to fulfill his own health care promises without the landmark health reform law. Eliminating Obamacare could leave roughly 20 million more people without health insurance, according to a recent Urban Institute report. The President said this week that he will not push for a replacement plan until after the 2020 election. Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion provision has been critical to giving opioid addicts access to treatment. Many of themare poor, childless adults who were shut out of Medicaid before the law made additional federal funds available to help states pay for expanding access to the program. Some 12.7 million people were covered under expansion programs …

Donald Trump’s 2020 secret sauce

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump isn’t in a great place to win a second term in 2020. That economic message could well be Trump’s secret sauce come 2020. In strong economies — or economies perceived as strong — voters tend to reward the incumbent president, just as they punish the president when the economy is faltering. Trump could well run on this basic argument: You may not like me or my style of politics. But look at the results! Is now really the time to change presidents?

Trump’s approval rating on North Korea solid ahead of second summit but majority still call Kim a threat

(CNN)President Donald Trump arrives in Vietnam Tuesday for a second major summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un with nearly half of Americans approving of the way he has been handling relations with the Hermit Kingdom, according to a Fox News poll out last week. While Trump is trying to strike a diplomatic deal with Kim to denuclearize North Korea, about half of Americans favor the US taking military action to stop Kim from developing the country’s nuclear weapons program. The Fox News poll showed 49% of Americans are in favor of taking military action to end the North Korean nuclear weapons program. Upon leaving the Singapore summit in June 2018, Trump said that “there is no longer a …