Kirstjen Nielsen’s disaster, Trump’s taxes, AG Barr’s testimony

Kirstjen Nielsen’s disaster, Trump’s taxes, AG Barr’s testimony

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Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee on election hacking, March 21, 2018, (Photo ©2018 Doug Christian)
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee on election hacking, March 21, 2018, (Photo ©2018 Doug Christian)

On the Hill with Doug Christian

Capitol Hill – House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) issues a statement calling Director of Homeland Security (DHS) secretary, Kirstjen Nielsen’s, tenure was “Hampered by misstep after misstep, Nielsen’s tenure at the Department of Homeland Security [DHS] was a disaster from the start.”

Thompson continued, “It is clearer now than ever that the Trump Administration’s border security and immigration policies – that she enacted and helped craft – have been an abysmal failure and have helped create the humanitarian crisis at the border.”

In other news, Congressional Republicans are not supporting the House Democratic push in the Ways and Means Committee to get President Donald Trump’s tax returns.

Republican Senator Mitt Romney (R-Utah) tells NBC’s Meet the Press:

(Audio: Romney says “[Trump] said he would be happy to release his returns. So I wish he’d do that. But I have to also tell you I think the Democrats are just playing along his handbook, which is, going after his tax returns through legislative action is moronic.”)

Tomorrow, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is due to testify before the House Committee on Appropriations’ Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, regarding Treasury’s budget for fiscal year 2020. Secretary Mnuchin is expected by this reporter to be asked during the hearing if he will comply with the request for President Donald Trump’s tax returns from the Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Richard Neal (D-Mass.). We expect him to deny the request.

Another House hearing that we expect to garner a lot of attention on Capitol Hill tomorrow regards 2020 fiscal year budgeting for the House Committee on Appropriations – Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies. Attorney General William is due to testify. Democrats are expected by this reporter to ask the Attorney General if he intends to release the full report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into Russian interference into the 2016 presidential election. After Attorney General Barr released a four-page summary of Mueller’s report, Democrats are clamoring for a more comprehensive report.

Doug Christian, Capitol Hill

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