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  • Democrat predicts House will get Trump’s tax returns — but there are a few complications
    Posted in Articles on February 22, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Oversight of the Administration

    Yahoo Skullduggery Podcast | House Democrats have asked for a confidential copy of President Trump’s tax returns from the IRS, but obtaining then won’t be simple, Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va., said during an interview on Yahoo News’ “Skullduggery” podcast. While Beyer said Democrats will need a “good legal rationale” to request Trump’s financial documents, he believes that the questions surrounding Trump’s ties to Russia are sufficient reason to ask for the documents. Beyer is a member of the powerful ... Read more

  • Trump calls for ‘retribution’ against ‘Saturday Night Live,’ Alec Baldwin wonders about his safety
    Posted in Articles on February 18, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Oversight of the Administration

    Cleveland Plain Dealer | President Donald Trump’s rant against “Saturday Night Live” has his TV counterpart wondering if his life is in danger. The war of words began Sunday morning, after the president apparently saw Alec Baldwin’s impersonation of him during the opening moments of SNL the previous night. Needless to say, he didn’t like it. “Nothing funny about tired Saturday Night Live on Fake News NBC!” Trump tweeted. “Question is, how do the Networks get away with these total Republican hit ... Read more

  • White House: Trump using national emergency and executive actions for border wall
    Posted in Articles on February 15, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Oversight of the Administration

    Atlanta Journal Constitution | President Donald Trump will use a combination of executive actions and one national emergency declaration to go around Congress and funnel over $6 billion in funds not directly approved by lawmakers for security efforts along the border with Mexico, planning to tap money from both the Treasury Department and the Pentagon, with a goal of building a minimum of 234 new miles of border barriers, White House officials said on Friday. “I didn’t need to do this,” Presiden... Read more

  • Democratic lawmakers vow to fight Trump's emergency declaration
    Posted in Articles on February 15, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Oversight of the Administration

    NBC News | Democratic leaders said Friday that they would use "every remedy available" to challenge President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency in an effort to circumvent Congress and fund his wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. "This is plainly a power grab by a disappointed president, who has gone outside the bounds of the law to try to get what he failed to achieve in the constitutional legislative process,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schu... Read more

  • Virginia's Democrats in Congress call to stop seismic testing off coast
    Posted in Articles on February 13, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment, Oversight of the Administration

    Daily Press | In the latest effort to remove Virginia from offshore drilling plans, the state’s Democratic representatives in Congress are pushing federal officials to revoke seismic testing permits that include the waters off Hampton Roads. In a letter sent Tuesday to the heads of the departments of Commerce and the Interior, the Virginia delegation said the Trump administration’s draft five-year energy plan “runs counter to the explicit wishes of coastal communities up and down the Atlantic th... Read more

  • Over 160 Representatives and 36 Senators Urge EPA to Extend Comment Period for Proposed WOTUS Rule
    Posted in Press Releases on February 13, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment, Oversight of the Administration

    Today, the Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Chair of the House Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment Grace Napolitano (D-CA), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Tom Carper (D-DE), Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and co-chair of the Congressional Safe Climate Caucus Don Beyer (D-VA), led two letters sent to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and U.S. Army Corps of ... Read more

  • OP-ED: Jared Kushner shouldn't be allowed to play government
    Posted in Articles on February 2, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Oversight of the Administration

    LA Times | Unless you’re Dudley Do-Right, or maybe special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, the Questionnaire for National Security Positions should terrify you. The SF-86, as it’s called, is the bruising 127-page confessional required of all government employees seeking permanent security clearances. Before you can be trusted with state secrets, you need to be put through the moral wringer. For an applicant, the SF-86 is the mythic “woodshed” in PDF form. It’s a place to face your whole shifty li... Read more

  • Reps. Beyer, Lieu ask Mulvaney to immediately revoke Kushner's security clearance
    Posted in Articles on February 1, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Oversight of the Administration

    Roll Call | Democratic Reps. Donald S. Beyer of Virginia and Ted Lieu of California sent a letter Thursday to acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney asking him to immediately strip senior advisor Jared Kushner of his security clearance. A recent NBC News report revealed that White House security specialists recommended Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, not be approved for a top secret clearance, but they were overruled by their supervisor. The career specialists had expresse... Read more

  • 2 House Democrats ask Mulvaney to revoke Kushner's security clearance
    Posted in Articles on February 1, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Oversight of the Administration

    CNN | Two House Democrats asked acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney to immediately revoke senior White House adviser Jared Kushner's security clearance, citing "serious concerns" about the clearance's implications in a letter Thursday. "The White House's pattern of hiding the truth and devious behavior with regard to Mr. Kushner's security clearance suggests that the Administration does not take information security seriously," Democratic Reps. Don Beyer of Virginia and Ted Lieu of C... Read more

  • Democrats Call On Mulvaney To Revoke Jared Kushner’s Security Clearance
    Posted in Articles on February 1, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Oversight of the Administration

    Huff Post | Reps. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) and Donald Beyer (D-Va.) have written a letter calling on acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney to revoke Jared Kushner’s security clearance in light of reports that a personnel director overrode recommendations that President Donald Trump’s son-in-law not be granted top-secret clearance. Kushner’s clearance was denied by two unnamed career White House security experts because of FBI concerns about foreign influence, NBC reported last week. But the... Read more