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    Democrats in Congress are considering opening at least two investigations into Florida Governor Ron DeSantis sending a migrant flight to Martha's Vineyard as the battle heats up over the transportation of asylum-seekers away from border states to sanctuary states. House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson is drafting a letter seeking information from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) about DeSantis' transportation of migrants by plane, according to a Politico reporter. The Mississippi Democrat also said that another unidentified committee could open a probe into the financing of Desantis' flight to the wealthy island off the coast of Massachusetts. The White House is accusing DeSantis of adding to the 'chaos' in the U.s. immigration system and engaging in a 'political scam' – especially after a media frenzy ensued at a small airport in Delaware on Tuesday, but a plane of migrants never landed. A class action lawsuit was filed against DeSantis in the District of Massachusetts this week over whether the governor lured the migrants to Martha's Vineyard under false pretenses. The lawsuit and potential House probes against the Florida...
    Washington (CNN)The Senate Judiciary Committee will investigate claims made by former US Attorney Geoffrey Berman in his forthcoming book that Trump-era officials in the Justice Department pressured his office to "aid them politically.""Throughout my tenure as U.S. attorney," Berman writes in the book according to The New York Times, which obtained a copy of it, "Trump's Justice Department kept demanding that I use my office to aid them politically, and I kept declining -- in ways just tactful enough to keep me from being fired."Berman, the former US attorney for the Southern District of New York and a Trump appointee, was later fired by the former President.Judiciary Chair Dick Durbin sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland Monday, saying, "These reported claims indicate astonishing and unacceptable deviations from the Department's mission to pursue impartial justice, which requires that its prosecutorial decisions be free from political influence.""They also compound the already serious concerns raised by then-Attorney General Barr's 2020 efforts to replace Mr. Berman with a Trump loyalist," the Illinois Democrat wrote.Read More"If accurate, Mr. Berman's claims indicate multiple instances...
    The FBI deliberately dragged its feet on the Hunter Biden investigation and told agents not to look into the Hunter Biden laptop, according to new whistleblowers who spoke with Sen. Ron Johnson.   Johnson, R-Wisc., sent a letter to DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz on Tuesday bringing forth the new whistleblower claims.  'Recently, my office heard from individuals with knowledge of the FBI’s apparent corruption,' Johnson said.  'After the FBI obtained the Hunter Biden laptop from the Wilmington, DE computer shop, these whistleblowers stated that local FBI leadership told employees, "you will not look at that Hunter Biden laptop" and that the FBI is "not going to change the outcome of the election again,"' Johnson wrote to Horowitz.  Johnson is demanding Horowitz look into the FBI's handling of the Hunter Biden laptop.  'While I understand your hesitation to investigate a matter that may be related to an ongoing investigation, it is clear to me based on numerous credible whistleblower disclosures that the FBI cannot be trusted with the handling of Hunter Biden’s laptop,' Johnson said.  'I hope you understand that the longer...
    Texas Democrat Rep. Joaquin Castro demanded the FBI open a full investigation on the law enforcement response to the Uvalde shooting that many are now questioning.  New revelations by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) show that there was almost an hour and a half between the time law enforcement arrived on scene and the time the gunman was shot dead.  News reports have depicted a scene where desperate parents begged police to enter the building and go after the gunman, and frustrated by a lack of action some tried to go in and do it themselves, only to be arrested by law enforcement.  'The people of Uvalde, of Texas, and of the nation deserve an accurate account of what transpired. However, state officials have provided conflicting accounts that are at odds with those provided by witnesses,' Castro, who represents a San Antonio district about 80 miles from Uvalde, wrote in a letter to FBI director Christopher Wray. Asked if President Biden agrees that there should be an outside investigation into the police response to the shooting, White House...
    Representative Bennie Thompson (D-MS), chair of the House Select Committee investigating January 6, said Monday on MSNBC’s “MTP Daily” that the committee will investigate if Republican members of Congress helped Capitol rioters. Thompson said, “We have to see if there were other members of Congress that perhaps contributed to what went on. There have been allegations that some members of Congress gave tours of the Capitol to people who have been in charge of the insurrection. We also have to get with the Department of Justice. We’re not interested in conflicting with the prosecution. But we think there is significant evidence that they might have been able to ascertain  in their investigation that could be germane to our committee so that we’ll have the best relationship that we can, but we’re not interested in getting into the prosecutorial aspect of what is going on with the Capital.” Guest anchor Kasie Hunt asked, “If you find that members of Congress did, in fact, aid members of this mob, this violent mob, or ahead of time, what is the remedy for that? What...
    President Biden has asked his intelligence agencies to step up their efforts to get to the truth about the origins of COVID-19 amid growing concern that it emerged from a Chinese laboratory. A string of senior scientists have recently admitted they may have leapt to conclusions in assuming the virus jumped from an animal host in the wild to humans. And at the weekend fresh details emerged about how staff at the Wuhan Institute of Virology sought hospital treatment for COVID-like symptoms in November 2019. Biden defended his administration's approach and said the intelligence agents were divided on the two possible scenarios. 'I have now asked the intelligence community to redouble their efforts to collect and analyze information that could bring us closer to a definitive conclusion, and to report back to me in 90 days,' said Biden. President Biden said the inability of CDC inspectors to access key sites in China hampered early investigations as he asked the intelligence community to redouble efforts in investigating how COVID-19 emerged Biden said he would continue to press China to participate...
    Virginia police are investigating an 'anti-racist' Facebook group that named the parents of students who members say are 'against critical race theory'.  The Anti-Racist Parents of Loudoun County group - which reportedly includes teachers and school board members - shared personal details of those they say had opposed moves to teach the controversial curriculum.  It urged followers to 'gather information' on them and encouraged online hackers to silence critics of the theory, The Daily Wire reports. Parent Cherly Onderchain told Fox News she was on the 'hit list', adding: 'Their goal is silence.'    According to Purdue University, critical race theory scholarship shows how racism continues to be persuasive and why it denies individuals their constitutional rights. It examines the way race and racism influences politics, culture and the law.  But critics say it leaves people exposed to the training feeling that they are being blamed for problems which they did not cause - such as slavery and Jim Crow - and that it is itself racially divisive.  Local teacher Jeremy Wright said: 'Minority students are going to suffer the most from this. When you teach students that...
    Sign up for The Brief, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news. Children in Texas’ youth lockups are suffering from widespread sexual assault and other constitutional violations, reform advocates wrote Wednesday in a complaint urging a federal investigation into the state’s five youth lockups. Texas Appleseed and Disability Rights Texas, two justice and legal organizations, filed the complaint with the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, citing “grievous violations of children’s constitutional rights” from the Texas Juvenile Justice Department. The complaint is the latest criticism lodged by several people and entities — from reform advocates and the state legislature to Gov. Greg Abbott— in what’s been more than a decade of chronic understaffing, abuse and scandal within TJJD. “The state facilities are not just failing the youth in them, they are hurting them,” said Brett Merfish, director of youth justice at Texas Appleseed. “Ongoing understaffing leads to an overall lack of safety.” Still, the agency has undergone some major reforms in recent years. In 2007, after media reports highlighted...
    Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody opened an investigation into Michael Bloomberg over his pledge to spend $16 million to pay off fines that are prohibiting felons from voting. Moody confirmed in a letter to CBS 12 that she had opened the investigation on behalf of a request made by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis. She referenced a report from the Washington Post that detailed Bloomberg's spending plans and said that she had referred the matter to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the FBI so they can conduct a criminal investigation. Moody cited a Florida law that prohibits an individual from giving funds as "an incentive simply to vote." She said she reviewed the reporting about Bloomberg's donations to the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, a nonprofit group that is organizing the payments to clear felony fines, and determined that "further investigation is warranted." In September, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that individuals with felony convictions must pay all fines and fees before their voting rights can be restored. Because of Bloomberg's promise to pay such fines,...
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Democrats on two House committees will investigate the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's decision to change coronavirus testing guidelines.  'This all has been politicized and yes we will be investigating,' Pelosi told reporters on a Democratic National Committee Zoom call Wednesday. 'The Energy and Commerce Committee is already looking into this and our Select Committee on the Coronavirus Crisis, under Mr. Clyburn's leadership, will be looking into it.'  On Monday the CDC quietly changed its guidelines to say that if you were exposed to COVID-19 but don't have symptoms, 'you do not necessarily need a test unless you are a vulnerable individual' or a doctor advises it.  CNN reported Wednesday that the changes were made after officials were pressured by the top ranks of the Trump administration. 'It's coming from the top down,' a source told the network.  'Shame on them!' Pelosi said on the call, calling the CDC's move 'scary and dangerous.'        House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters on a Zoom call Wednesday that two House committees would be investigating the Centers for...
    Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi tore into President Donald Trump and his Centers for Disease Control over new guidelines calling for less testing, and vowed to investigate whether there was political pressure to make the change. Pelosi participated in a DNC virtual press conference with Senate Democratic Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and TJ Ducklo, national press secretary for former Vice President Joe Biden. I asked Speaker Pelosi whether she would investigate the new CDC guidelines, which call for only patients with symptoms to be tested, and which CNN is reporting was the result of political pressure “from the top.” “The CDC guidelines that they had put forth are scary and dangerous,” Pelosi said. “It really is very sad and just reinforces the lack of attention and understanding that we have to have in order to crush this virus. Scientists tell us, and they have told us over and over again over the past months that we must be testing more. That we should be testing 3 million people a day. The administration has resisted that. “The President said...
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