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Fresh update on "department " discussed on Mark Levin
"Months. Democrats decided to govern alone. Their unified Democratic government must put basic governing duties ahead of partisan wish lists. All right. That was Senator Mitch McConnell. All of this happening while a Democratic lawmakers are laboring to shoulder President Joe Biden's massive 3.5 trillion, with a T build back Better agenda. The vote this week on funding to keep the government running past September 30th and allow more borrowing will force the political stalemate into the open. The Treasury Department warned that it will soon run out of cash on hand and have to rely on incoming receipts to pay its obligations Now at 24 28.4. I should say trillion dollars. That could force the Treasury to delay or miss payment, a devastating situation. And.
Julie Kelly Describes How Trump Supporters Are Being Turned Into Convicted Felons
"Kelley welcome to america. First one on one. Thank you for having me. One an intro. So i know the invoice in the mail. So what did you talk about. Yes there was a topic of your panel. Just a little snippet so the subject that i've been covering for the last several months as you know we've talked about is january six out of laughed and the biden regime the media weaponising it against not just the people who were there that day but everyone on the right by extension almost seventy five million trump voters and so How that investigation is accelerating and how it is ensnared now over six hundred americans and they have been even more. Recent arrests have not every week. There are new arrests so with the justice department. Continues this what. I call terror crusade. We could we probably jihad against maga. It is it is. I mean this is what you see. So that the panel discussion yesterday was vaccine mandates and then january six. You could see the convergence relation vaccine mandates The the hunt for the quote unquote insurrectionists criminalising conservatives is it not criminalizing conservatives and criminalizing dissent so that is really what they're doing now the vaccine mandates mandates et cetera. Et one thing But what they're really doing with the january sixth investigation Prosecuting people for trespassing adding felony charges. Keeping now about sixty people behind bars denied bail under pretrial detention dot by. Let's stop here. Sixty people who is any one of them charged with insurrectional revolution. Yeah so what are they challenged with. Julie mostly trespassing civil disorder conspiracy a felony charge. That's very common is obstruction of official proceeding. Which more the two hundred people face. That charges never been applied to a political protests. Ever and never was. It's a two thousand two statute that was posted. Enron that would stop people from interfering in congressional inquiries. It was never intended for people who walked in the capital when they were certifying electoral college. But this is the way that they are turning trump supporters in to convicted
Fresh update on "department " discussed on Sean Hannity
"Help customs and border protection this request. The department would provide contract ID, Air transportation for Customs and Border patrol on a reimbursable basis to temporarily supplement CBP efforts to move non US citizen migrants from Del Rio, Texas. Two other Domestic CBP processing facility spokesman John Kirby the US today past 675,000 Covid 19 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University. That's as many as the 1918 flu. A coroner in Wyoming is working to positively identify a body found in a national park believed to be Gabby Petito. The Long Island woman was last seen in Utah, fighting with her fiance who now is missing, reported domestic dispute force before Gabby Petito was reported missing the cut. Apple was in Moab, Utah, man called 911 to say he saw two people fighting a man slapping a woman. Then we stopped. They ran up and down the sidewalk. He proceeded to hit her hopped in the car, and they drove off. Moab. Police responded, Finding Petito and her fiance, Brian Laundry. Petito was crying. The two were told to separate for the night. Now Petitto is believed to be dead in laundry has disappeared. Alex Stone, ABC news Police say a suspect is in custody following a shooting today at the High school in Newport News, Virginia. Two people were wounded Stocks tank, the Dow closing down more than 600 points. You're listening. To ABC News..
Biden Administration Plans Expulsion of Haitian Migrants near Texas Border
"New administration is facing pushback over. Its plan to move those haitian migrants who are camp beneath a bridge on the us side of the border with mexico near del. Rio texas carleen. Joseph is with the activist group. Haitian bridge alliance. People have literally been spending five months on a journey dying on the way on me to be met with extreme violence again. only to be deported. Back to the same you know a disaster to the earthquake zones that they have fled homeland. Security department has announced plans to remove the migrants deportation. Flights are expected to start today.
Fresh update on "department " discussed on Ben Ferguson
"Listen to Barack Obama's Department of Homeland Security. Secretary Jeh Johnson criticizing Biden on the border. If you go to Any border Congressional district Uh Henry Cuellar's congressional District, Laredo, Texas, for example, which is 85%, Mexican American 80% or so democratic. They will tell you that we should be fair and humane to migrants. We should support DACA. We should support the DACA population. We should give people an opportunity. For a path to citizenship if they've been in this country for years, But they also want us to control our borders. We have to get control of our borders. 200,000 month is a lot of people. DHS just released the numbers for August. It's 200,000. August is typically a month where it's very low. And those kinds of numbers and the images. You just showed your audience, uh, saps the ability it overwhelms the ability of DHS, the Border Patrol ice. To cope with the the incoming. It saps the communities on the border. It saps Catholic charities that are, they're doing their best to clothe and clothe and feed the migrants. And so And and the recent decision of the U. S District Court in Washington that DHS and HHS can no longer invoke the public health exception to send people back to Mexico only complicates matters. Uh, we simply have to do something to Enhanced enforcement. Longer term. We've got to deal with the situation in Central America as you and I have discussed previously. Sheila Jackson, Lee said the same thing We have to give more humanitarian aid to Central America because these people came from Haiti. Somehow This is our problem. It's our fault. We have to bail these countries out. The problem in Haiti. Is that we're not giving them enough money. And so somehow Their citizens have to end up on our southern border, and we've got to let them in. Now, how in the world Do you get from the island nation of Haiti? Two makes to northern Mexico. And need to come into the United States. How do you think you get there? If one guy did it, maybe he's a stowaway. If 20 guys did it, all right? That's a coordinated effort, but it could happen. If 15,000 people Let me ask you this. Let's say just for kicks because you're bored. You decide. You want to bring 15,000 Haitians? From Puerto Prince. To northern Mexico. And walk them across our border. Think for a moment about the effort that would require You're going to do it on a ship. I said Damn big ship. Probably take a few of them, wouldn't it? Probably take quite a few. I've never been on a cruise, but I can't imagine how many 1000 people can you put on the biggest boats out there? How many of those cruise liners would it take to get 15,000 Haitians? To Mexico. Well, let's assume you get one doesn't have a C in the births. It's still cost you just in fuel costs alone. You see? You don't accidentally end up With 5th 18,000 Haitians. On the Texas border. Somebody. With a lot of money. At a lot of logistical resources. Had to put this together. Do you know how hard it would be to recruit 15,000 people? To do anything. You've got to communicate. Two more than 15,000, because they're not all going to cope. Because they don't know where they're going. You've got to communicate to what 150,000 people. So first you start with a mass communications organ. To be able to get the word out number one. Number two. You've got to coordinate the details. Where you're going to meet what you're going to bring, Okay? Now you get it. Let's say you're going to do this on a ship. Are lots of ships. I don't know how long it takes to cruise from Haiti to Mexico. But it's got to be a minute. You've got to provide food. And what? Er at a minimum. To get them here. Once they arrive, you've got to have somebody to receive them. Do they just Walk the plane. How do they get off? First of all, How do they know where to go? Who's coordinating that? Let's assume you bring them all in at the same time. Are you telling me a movement of 15,000 people? Is not being monitored. By every government along the way. Then you arrive. They have to be granted permission to come aboard. Captain. So now they get out of the ship. And get out on the shore. And start walking. How far do they walk? How do you coordinate? 5th 18,000 Haitians. To get them to the spot. Because they're all going To the international bridge. Do you provide transportation from where they land? To get them there. And then once you get them there Along the way. Do you? Provide water. A Majin providing supplies. To 15,000 people from the time they leave port of Prince. To the term they end up at the international bridge. Think about how many bottled waters alone. You've got to provide. Fuel. Water. Food. Marketing logistics. Boats staffing somebody because they can't just judge. Somebody's got to know where we're going. You know, like a tour group. Somebody's got to have the flag says Follow me. And they got it. They do it over here. You will see Texas. We're about to be in Texas. You're gonna be getting lots of good stuff over there. But follow me. We're going to the bridge. We're gonna wait here. Until they process all of us and fly us into the country..
Alaska Military Base Declares Health Emergency
"Places that don't require masks or social distancing for the next 30 days, while the state's epidemiologist says the state is experiencing one of the sharpest surges of Covid 19 in the country in Alaska military leaders on joint base Elmendorf Richardson have declared a public health emergency, while the state's largest hospital Providence, Alaska Medical Center, is rationing care. After being overwhelmed by a surge in Covid 19 patients, the hospital has been forced to turn away patients from smaller cities. Their emergency room is over. Er flowing and people are having to wait in their cars and a parking lot for hours waiting to see a doctor. The State Health Department reports more than 1200 newly confirmed cases per 100,000 people over the past two weeks 20% of patients hospitalized in Alaska have covid 19. I'm Jennifer King. President Biden's two major
Fresh update on "department " discussed on Mark Levin
"Breathe. This is not the way to enter the U. S. Borders. Strong words coming from the Department of Homeland Security Secretary. As the federal government feverishly moves to expel illegal migrants crossing into the Del Rio Texas border. Good evening, everyone and Welcome to this busy Monday edition of the W. ABC Evening News Brief. I'm rarely Monte. We begin tonight at that Texas Southern border as the first images of that massive deportation effort is underway. Flights of migrants from del Rio, Texas, returning to Haiti. 13,000 people, many from the ravaged country, which remains unstable after the assassination of its president and a deadly earthquake happening in August, others from South America also seeking refuge underneath. The Del Rio International Bridge on the Texas border. 1000, Texas State troopers are backing up 600 members of Customs and Border Patrol officials say there have been incidents of violence today Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas flying down to south to Texas to deliver this message. We are communicating as we have now for months loudly and clearly that irregular migration the perilous journey. Is not the journey to take one risks One's life the.
Alaska Military Base Declares Health Emergency
"Military service members in Alaska are being asked to avoid places that don't require masks or social distancing for the next thirty days well the state's epidemiologist says Alaska is experiencing one of the sharpest surges of cove in nineteen in the country in Alaska military leaders on joint base Elmendorf Richardson had declared a public health emergency while the state's largest hospital Providence Alaska Medical Center is rationing care after being overwhelmed by surgical bid nineteen patients the hospital has been forced to turn away patients from smaller cities there are merchants the room was overflowing and people are having to wait in their cars in a parking lot for hours waiting to see a doctor the state health department reports more than twelve hundred newly confirmed cases per one hundred thousand people over the past two weeks twenty percent of patients hospitalized Alaska have coded nineteen I'm Jennifer king
Inside Look at World’s First 3D-Printed Rocket
"Now to our series the new space race in our exclusive inside. Look at something that could revolutionize space travel. It's the world's first three d. printed rocket. Here's jacob board. It wants took thousands of american engineers more than a decade to get something into space. Now this company says it's huge three d. printers can make a rocket in two months. Maybe less we have a fourth generation printer if you haven't talked about publicly yet but it's ten times faster printing than this so instead of building a rocket few slides in sixty days. It'll take six days. Not only can the company make the big parts of a rocket like a nosecone but they can also make all the intricate components of the engines to one zero. The first launch plan for twenty twenty. Two relativity rockets is like a lower budget competitor to spacex carrying satellites for nasa the department of defense and a half dozen private companies at about a quarter of competing launch prices. But with one point three billion in funding it doesn't exactly feel low budget clients. I'm assuming are going to pay you enough to somehow make this all work more than enough to justify it. We make twelve million dollars launch from the customers. We signed up. We've signed up more launches than any other company in history before flying. Ellis doesn't just want to make deliveries into orbit though. I want to put a million people in mars. How far out into space do you think a commercial space industry can take it. It's really about the time line. And i think i liked it very much to back when we found founded the new world with christopher columbus. Yes certainly it'll be government. I dislike the new world was and then it'll transform into commercial. Ancient ambitions built on new
Alabama Could See COVID Medication Supplies Reduced
"Federal health officials are warning a handful of southern states that they will likely see reductions in shipments of monoclonal antibody drugs which are being used to treat people with Kobe nineteen Alabama state health officer says he was told by the US department of health and Human Services that it would be developing a calculation to decide how many doses of monoclonal antibody treatments each state will get rationing the roughly one hundred fifty thousand doses made available each week there's a shortage with some governors promoting the treatment after the fact instead of encouraging people to get vaccinated to prevent covert infections HHS says just seven states Alabama Mississippi Florida Texas Tennessee Georgia and Louisiana account for seventy percent of the orders and the department needs to make sure the lifesaving therapy is available for every state Jackie Quinn Washington
Jen Psaki Uses Misleading Vaccination Rate to Curb COVID Treatment to Texas and Florida
"And I read your piece from national Review of all places. Isaac Sure. And he points out. White House press secretary Gen. P. Sake is using a misleading argument about Covid 19 vaccination rates and Florida and Texas to justify the Biden ministrations decision. To curb the supply, monoclonal antibodies and effective treatment option for covid 19 being distributed to these states. Now what he's done. Is all of a sudden without even communicating with these governors. He's cut the amount of mono monoclonal antibodies going to Florida by more than half. By more than half. The federal government has only recently decided to take over the distribution of anti body treatments. Which Florida Governor Ron Dissent is, was an early proponent of Abruptly, the Federal Department of Health and Human Services announced. It would be cutting the supply provided to Florida. The administration did not provide any indication of any upcoming limitation to supply during communications between the State Department the day prior, according to the scientists, as press secretary, Christina Pasha. Now think about that. Think about that. Think about a president of the United States who says he's a uniter. You're not Republicans and Democrats. This is a virus, but obviously This is a vile Appalling, unconscionable political
Officials Urge Killing of Invasive Spotted Lanternfly
"If you live on the east coast of the us especially in new york or pennsylvania and see a visually striking spotted lantern fly. The state governments would like you to forget any humane ideas about carefully moving it from one spot to another and instead to immediately kill it the spotted lantern fly is an invasive pest that is not native to the us and apparently is threatening to over seventy of the plant species that feeds on feeds on meaning draining sap and leaving them weakened and vulnerable to disease among those species. Is the atlantis autism or tree of heaven which the new york times points out is best known as the tree from betty. Smith's nineteen forty-three novel. A tree grows in brooklyn but this pernicious beast who has delicate grey wings spotted in black with a bonus set of bright red wings also spotted with black underneath. I arrived in the us from asia seven years ago and entered new york city last year. During the pandemic environmentalists ecologists are encouraging people to kill the bugs site because they have no natural predators here and no organic pesticides that can take them out here. New york the department of agriculture is additionally asking people to submit the location where you found the lantern fly on their website in pennsylvania. If you're caught moving the insect from one location to another you could be fined. Abort from the destruction these little lantern flies could cause on native species. Governments are being so intense because they know that the lantern flies are quite striking. They're not the kind of bug most people would want to kill. Unlike some other invasive species like the asian longhorn beetle that caused a massive deforestation throughout new york in the late nineties. According to the new york times
If Michael Sussmann Is Guilty, so Is Hillary Clinton
"So remember when Hillary Clinton tweeted out when October 31st of 2016 it's time for Donald Trump to answer serious questions about his ties to Russia. For things you need to know about his secret server communicating with the Russian Alfa Bank. She said. Yes, Donald Trump has a secret server. He didn't It was set up to communicate privately with Putin tied bank. It wasn't When a reporter asked about it, they shut it down. They didn't One week later, they created a new server with a different name for the same purpose. They didn't Yeah. Remember when she tweeted that out? It was all alive. She knew what the whole time and now her lawyer got busted. Busted yesterday Indicted, indicted? Yep. So the question now becomes what it hills know. And when did Hillary no at the most corrupt human being to ever run for president, the most corrupt human being ever become President, of course, was Joe Biden, who is the most corrupt person ever to sit in the White House and the dumbest as well. I might add, but Hillary by far the most corrupt human being to ever run for the presidency, Hillary Clinton. Now that one of the lawyers involved with her campaign has been indicted yesterday in the collusion hoax. The question now becomes. When did Hillary know what she knew? She tweeted it out. If that isn't a damning piece of information, I don't know what is now. Let me just get something out of the box right away here because it's important. You know, we've had a lot of head fakes by the Justice Department. Okay with this, and I have very little faith that anyone of significance will go down in this case. This collusion hoax case. I don't you know, I'm sorry. I don't mean to sound pessimistic. I'm a realist. Though We've been let down repeatedly. It's clear as day. Hillary Clinton is guilty here. It's clear as day There's no debating it anymore. Hillary Clinton was involved in hijacking the Justice Department to get in the spy on
White House Warns That Debt Limit Showdown Could Hurt States
"The White House is a listing states to help ratchet up pressure on Congress to increase the cap on the U. S. debt limit a White House fact sheet for state and local officials obtained by the Associated Press is warning about severe cuts to disaster relief Medicaid infrastructure grants school money and other programs president Biden has been insisting on bipartisan backing to increase the cap on the debt limit that was a crude mostly before he took office but Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell has been unmoved and repeatedly says the Democrats must act on their own the nation's debt load stands at twenty eight point four trillion dollars that six trillion over the suspended debt limit that was reinstated in August the treasury department's extraordinary measures to keep the government running will be exhausted by October Jennifer king Washington
Feds to Indict Ex-Boeing Test Pilot Over 737 Max Crashes
"Federal prosecutors plan criminally charged a former boeing pilot. They suspect of misleading aviation regulators. About safety issues blamed for two fatal crashes of the seven three seven. Max this is according to people familiar with the matter who add that mark faulkner is likely to face prosecution in the coming weeks. He was boeing. Seven three seven max. Chief technical pilot during the aircraft's development and attorney for foreigner didn't respond to our requests for comment a justice department spokesman and boeing declined to comment. We have much more on this. On wsj.com
Minnesota High Court OKs Ballot Question on Minneapolis PD
"The Minnesota Supreme Court has cleared the way for Minneapolis voters to decide if changes should be made to policing in the city where George Floyd was killed Minnesota's highest court has overturned a lower court ruling that rejected ballot language approved by the Minneapolis city council the question surrounded wording to describe a proposed charter amendment that would replace the Minneapolis police department with a new department of public safety that could include police officers if necessary the proposal is part of the de fund the police movement that gained momentum after George Floyd was killed last year it doesn't define the police but it would take away a requirement that Minneapolis have a police department with a minimum staffing level I'm Jackie Quinn
Outbreaks Strand Some Students at Home With Minimal Learning
"As corona virus outbreaks around the country lead schools to close temporarily or send children into quarantine some students are being stranded with minimal instruction some educators and parents interviewed by the Associated Press say that their school systems pushed ahead with the return to in person instruction without any clear back up plan and the policies aimed at keeping students in classrooms are contributing to the difficulties seven year old Ben meddling in Union County North Carolina was sent home to quarantine for two weeks on some days his parents say the second grader finished his school work by nine thirty AM on other days the teachers aside no work at all the U. S. education department says that states and school districts should have policies to ensure continued access to high quality and rigorous online learning as a contagious delta variant sweeps through schools many of which do not require masks I'm Jennifer king
Retail Sales Rose Last Month Even as Delta Variant Spread
"Rising cope with nineteen cases have not kept many Americans from shopping the commerce department says retail sales were up a seasonally adjusted zero point seven percent last month economists had predicted a drop in spending up zero point eight five percent the delta variants spread has changed where people are spending online sales were up five and a half percent last month but sales at restaurants and bars were flat from a month earlier after health officials recommended even vaccinated Americans should wear masks in public places indoors soccer make ani Washington
Los Angeles County to Require Vaccines in Indoor Bars
"If you plan on making Mary with boozy beverages in Los Angeles county you want to bring your vaccination card public officials in Los Angeles county will begin requiring proof of coded nineteen vaccinations for patrons and workers it indoor bars wineries breweries and nightclubs starting October seventh the initiative requires proof of at least one vaccine dose by that date and full backs nation by November fourth indoor restaurants were not covered although officials strongly recommend the same precautions Los Angeles based a massive crime by research during the holiday season last year in the new restrictions are designed to keep the same thing from happening this time around meanwhile about twenty six hundred Los Angeles police department employees are citing religious objections to try to get out of there Corbett nineteen vaccine requirement I'm Jennifer king
The Latest on The Missing Case of Gabby Petito
"Thursday at noon eastern time guys again thursday at noon eastern time. Today the northport florida police department will be holding a press conference. There are multiple expected speakers and this includes the northport police chief todd garrison a representative of the fbi as well as a member of gaby's family were unsure if it is her mother or father that will be televised live and i assume they will be providing an update Like a status update on this case. Secondly as you'll hear in this episode there was a domestic dispute call that was made in moab utah on august twelfth. While gabby and bryan were making their trip. At the time of the recording there was no contacts no further information. All anyone knew that there wasn't a domestic dispute. I highly suggest if you were interested in this case you join the facebook group find gabby otherwise i will be posting the actual report on all of our social media channels as well. The context with the support is actually very very very important because when you hear domestic disturbance you pretty much usually think of one or two things right so basically what happened is on august twelfth. A police officer responded to domestic hall. Apparently someone witnessed a young couple fighting. They reported a man taking a woman by the mouth and pushing her. Obviously that was enough to warrant a phone call to the police right. The police pull over the van. Brian was driving. Gabby was in the passenger seat and she was very very upset and crying. I will let you read the full report by basically. Both gabby and brian agreed. That gabby was having mental health issues. They got into an argument. There trip had been straining their relationship. They were starting to have issues and she was scratching him She had slapped him grabbed him and he apparently pushed her away. That is the story that they both maintained. The officer arrived separated them. They maintain the same story He decided to de-escalate. Brian ended up staying in a hotel with police assistance. That evening gabby state in the van. They separated them for the evening and then they got back together and by all accounts they went on their way but again i will post this police report for that. It has finally been made. Public is definitely worth reading. And i don't think it's quite what any of us expected. But as of right now a little after midnight on thursday morning That is at so check out. The police report from the domestic call on august twelfth and then also to later this afternoon at noon eastern time there will be a press conference with a status update on this
A Record Number of Women Are Driving Trucks to Pay the Bills
"Record. Numbers of women are getting jobs as truckers demand for new drivers and higher pay are big factors. Here's stephen basan with the gulf states. Newsroom it's worth remembering that. Trucking is a pretty rough job for long hauls. It means sleeping in a caught behind the front seats. All those hours of sitting behind the wheel can lead the blood clots. Plus you're driving around the seventy foot long vehicle dangerous enough leads to different horns. Pamela williams is a truck driving instructor with dnc training academy in jackson mississippi. You scary situation that people are exposed to that kind of startled them but that the no truck ezekiel alien. Please get your life yet. Despite how intimidating the job could be more women. Today are taking the wheel and driving across the country. Williams says the main reason comes down to pay. Because i mean you looking at. I could go to a job. They'll work forty hours and bring home four hundred dollars. I could go out here in a week and make a thousand dollars a quick thousand dollars doing something that i like to do. That's good a lot of the retail and restaurant. Jobs typically held by women were much more likely to vanish during the pandemic. Some trucking jobs also disappeared early last year. When everyone went on lockdown but demand for drivers started skyrocketing soon after as online shopping surged. That's led to higher pay which is attracted a lot more people including women. The number of female truck drivers has jumped almost double digits in the last year. According to the us labor department's
States learning how many Afghan evacuees coming their way
"States are learning how many Afghan evacuees are coming their way the binding ministration is notifying governors as well as state refugee coordinators there are about thirty seven thousand in the first group of evacuees state department data shows about five thousand of them will be going to California others are going to Texas Maryland and Virginia the administration has requested funding from Congress to help resettle sixty five thousand Afghans by the end of this month ninety five thousand by next year many of the new evacuees requested to be resettled in states where family is nearby each will go through a department of homeland security coordinated process of security vetting and health screening they'll receive about twelve hundred dollars to help with rent furniture and food and provide a small amount of pocket money at Donahue Washington
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"department " Discussed on The Lawfare Podcast
"If it's improper in one of the key things there too is that that presumption of notice is important because if you delay notice the bell is wrong the you know. The justice department has the records in hand. And if you're the affected journalists reduce organization. There's only so much you can do to to mitigate potential harm to other sources to ongoing stories that the the newsroom is looking into that are not the subject of the investigation so i i do think that they raise different issues and to be looked at looked at differently. And when you look at the media side of what are the big questions. I mean pete describes the says sort of. He's never heard of a situation where you get eight of these things in in a relatively short period of time out. What are the big questions from your point of view. And what would you need to see in order to answer them. So i think one of the biggest questions is i think probably the biggest question is why was noticed delayed here you know who authorized these when and one of the things that. I'm not sure if we talked about yet. Is the records. That were sought from cnn new york times and the washington post. Those records were all from certain periods in two thousand seventeen early in the administration but we know that the authorization for them With given in two thousand and twenty at some point. The cnn warnermedia. a d. order was was was sent around july. And you know. There's various aspects of the guidelines that suggested authorisation was given at some point in twenty twenty for the some point later in two thousand twenty for the others. And when you've got records that are three years old and you're you're authorizing what are supposed to be. This is said in the guidelines themselves extraordinary cases. That's one question the paying they're the exceptions in the notice provision for the guidelines as i said. Are you know significantly impaired the integrity of an investigation grave harm to national security or potential threat to life and limb. The attorney general needs to make the determination that does exceptions apply before authorizing a delayed notice and again that was one of the innovations in the in the guidelines when they were revised under attorney general holder was flipping that presumption of notice so previously. You could only notify the affected news organization or journalist. If you affirmatively determination that notice wouldn't cause harm whereas under the two thousand fourteen two thousand fifteen revisions. There's now a presumption of notice. Unless the attorney general affirmatively determines some arms would result. So i really think we need the The answer to that question and then just very quickly one other one other question is how do these cases fit into the broader historical trend that we've been seeing leak investigations where prior to nine eleven. You had one successful prosecution of journalistic source Under the espionage act you had a couple of prosecutions that Either fell apart or resolved under under different charges. You know since. Two thousand and nine starting under the bush administration and then continuing the obama administration. You seem relatively speaking a significant uptick in the number of leak investigations into journalistic sources. And when my my boss bruce brown and i published that article in in law fair we said that the trump administration's record is that different from what we've seen under obama. The obama administration pursued more cases than all other presidencies bind. The trump administration's record at that at that time was about the same and you know are are these records. Requests targeted at members of the news media at to secure evidence lee cases part of that historical trend. Are they something different you know. How do they fit into that story. All right oren. Quinta and p. d. any of you want to make the argument contra gabe that actually we should understand this as one pattern of activity. The media stuff is that game points to an interesting subset but actually the the real question we need to answer here or a real question we need to answer. Here is whether pete's earlier framing of it is the right one that this just maps onto neatly with the former presidents list of those and we need to satisfy the fundamental issue. Here is not the question of continuity difference between the obama administration on the trump administration. But the question of whether the justice department was weaponising law enforcement authorities for purposes of media and congressional opponents or perceived opponents of the administration. I don't necessarily see those two options as in opposition to one another. Because you could. I think you could easily say well. Perhaps the trump administration was essentially going after enemies here. But it was able to do so because of you know. The the trend that gave has identified and the fact that the justice department's policies on this you know are not particularly rigid one way or another so that you you might be able to look at it as you know. Another example of a sort of trump era course of action on the part of the executive that is both you know within a pattern of executive actions and increasing executive power perhaps over time and also raises a lot of questions about whether or not trump and his justice department abused those powers the to me those seem very tightly woven together as possibilities. You could you could. Have you know the example of the sort of increasing trend of of leak investigations without necessarily the desire to go after trump's necessarily think if there's the ladder we have to discount the former as well if that makes sense or in.
"department " Discussed on The Lawfare Podcast
"Behind secret dad orders time re cannot rely on the department alone to make these changes on quotes the house judiciary committee consequently oust that it will investigate the former administration surveillance of quote members of congress the news media and on quote this host dated the recording of this podcast. So please bear that in mind as you listen to follow so quinta i want to start with you. Bring us up to speed. I thought we were done discussing. Mike flynn and the investigation of him. How did this all come back. It is a pretty tangled tale. So i will give you the overview as best. I can essentially all. This has come to light more or less over. The past month was sparked by a series of disclosures from the justice department under attorney-general merrick garland to various news organizations. So the washington post cnn and the new york times that the department had in some cases sought in some cases sought and obtained a phone and email records from various reporters at those news organizations in the case of the washington post reporters. It's seems based on the timeframe from which the data was requested that the investigation may have involved a story. The post reported about a conversation between jeff sessions who is at the time on the trump campaign with russian ambassador sergei kislyak about the campaign or perhaps about obama administration efforts to counter russian interference in the two thousand sixteen election. The subject of the cnn. requests is unclear but the the justice department is seeking records for pentagon reporter barbara starr and then when it comes to the new york times. The times indicates that the subject matter the department was investigating seems to involve a story that the paper published about fbi director. James comey's decision on how to handle the clinton email investigation which involved a mysterious document of russian origin that was misleading and nature And which led komi so. He said to change the way he had handled the email investigation. That it's pretty tangled. We can get into that more letter if you like. Essentially according to the new york times the trump administration has pursued leak investigation into whether komi was a source for that story and so the suggestion is essentially that these records from reporters at the department may have sought those records as part of that leak investigation. So that's sort of part one of the story part two of the story or maybe part one a is that it later turned out that the times and us cnn the executives and lawyers at those organizations were placed under a gag order over requests for records of their reporters and then the other part of the story is that on june tenth. The new york times broke the story that in two thousand seventeen two thousand eighteen. The justice department had successfully requested. That apple handover email meta data and account information from a variety of people linked to the house. Intelligence committee So now chairman. Adam schiff a representative eric. Swale well as well as committee. Aides and family members including at least one minor and apple also received gag order according to chairman. Shift the justice department environment may that the investigation was closed. But this news. I think really revitalized the discussion. That had been circulating so far about these Requests information from reporters. Congress pretty predictably was irate. I would say And there was a great deal of discussion about sort of what. What would happen. Next on june eleventh. A justice department inspector. General michael horowitz announced that he would be investigating these investigations after these demands from congress. There's also some some sort of odd little loose ends here about whether or not Attorney general bill barr previous attorney. General jeff sessions and a deputy attorney general rod rosenstein were aware of these requests at the time. They they all say that they don't recall and also i should know that the justice department apparently according to the washington post also requested information firm. Then white house counsel don mcgann in february two thousand eighteen. Well he was gel white house counsel so all of this is is a bit confusing. There is a lot we don't know But that is. I think that the picture as we now understand it as of monday. June fourteenth at our unfortunately so gabe before any of this broke. You wrote with bruce brown your colleague at the reporters committee a piece for l'affaire in which you gain of advice are reckon policy recommendations to the attorney general about how to handle media leaks investigations in the future as well as handle these past ones talk a little bit about when if ever it is appropriate for in your view for a such media subpoenas or subpoenas for foreign any male records of of press people to take place so i think in this case so before addressing the the that question in one thing here. That's particularly important to note with these requests with with other requests is that there is a set of internal policy guidance at the justice department that governs when in how members of the department can seek information from a members of the press in leak investigations in one of the key provisions. There and this was a change. Actually to the guidelines. Following controversies Under the obama administration When the justice department sought records from the phone records from the associated press in the actual content. For for james rosen. There was a change. Those guidelines requiring were putting in place at presumption of notice to the affected journalist or news organization before seeking to compel the production of meditated. Like this you know or other types of investigative steps the presumption of notice can can only be overcome. If the attorney general make certain determinations and those the exceptions to that presumption of notice are supposed to be pretty narrow grave harm. National security significant harm to an investigation Or threats to life and limb in. What's really important to know here is whether the presumption of notice provision in the guidelines was strictly followed the question about when it's appropriate disease records journalists the justice department itself recognizes that such investigative steps are particularly sensitive that if they're overbroad you can identify sources beyond just the source that you're trying to identify specific Leak investigation you can give visibility into what the newsroom is thinking about. And because of that there are these these guidelines in place at the justice department. That are really there. You know to ensure that investigative steps like these occur only in the most extraordinary situations pete you were part of the russia investigation and were still involved in it. At the time that the administration shifted. How should we understand this spree of subpoenas both on the congressional side and on the media side to what extent is. Is this what you would expect to see given. Jim commes publicly expressed at the time anxiety about the leaks. I mean he did say in public that he was very upset about the leaks and in congressional testimony that he was investigating them aggressively. Is this a a reasonable reflection of that or do you look at this pattern of of data record acquisition and say. I had no idea this was going on. I think that the question answer two ways the first is that the leaks that we saw in two thousand sixteen in two thousand seventeen particularly surrounding russia in the trump campaign and then administration were unprecedented in volume compared to anything i saw over the course twenty or career and having said that i think response government in response to those leaks investigating.
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"Intended to reemphasize the enforcement of civil rights law amid public outcry over police conduct. He announced today that the doj has launched an investigation into whether the minneapolis police department has engaged in a pattern of unconstitutional policing. I strongly believe that good officers do not want to work in systems that allow bad practices. Good officers welcome accountability because accountability is an essential part of building. Trust with the community and public safety requires public trust. This comes just a day after the murder. Conviction of former minneapolis. Police officer derek. Chauvin three other former officers charged in the death of george. Floyd will face trial this summer. So what could this action mean for. The city's police department and those proceedings joining me now with more details is wall street journal justice department reporter. Sadie gherman hi sadie. Thanks for joining me. Thank you for having me so sadie. The doj is launching. What's known as a pattern or practice probe. Can you explain exactly what that is in a pattern or practice investigation. It's a civil inquiry. That goes far beyond any sort of criminal inquiry into you. Know just the conduct of one individual officer in this case. Derek chauvin but this examination will actually look more. Broadly at the conduct of officers within the minneapolis police department. It will be specifically looking for patterns of unconstitutional conduct. Things like discrimination in traffic stops excessive force and this investigation will also look at how the minneapolis police department treats people with behavioral health problems. What can you tell us about. How investigations like this typically unfolds. What's the time line. What have you learned about next steps. Investigators will be taking here so these investigations can take months or even years depending on how deep the justice department wants to go into the police departments Conduct and behavior. But basically you know the justice department has already started reaching out to community groups Interviewing residents interviewing police officers and union officials and supervisors within the department. They will go on ride alongs with police officers. They will study training manuals and they will look at databases and sort of reports and sort of use of force reports. Just basically taking a top to bottom look at all of the departments functions and all of its record keeping and trying to get a better sense of how the department implements policy how it trains its officers and how it holds those officers accountable city. I'd like to talk a little bit about the precedent for cases like this. Under the obama administration several pattern or practice probes were launched including before and after the two thousand fourteen police killing of michael brown in ferguson missouri. Also efforts to open an investigation into the death of george floyd under the trump administration. But that didn't happen. Why not and can you explain to us what the sort of bar or standard is here for officials that they use to determine whether to open these types of investigations. Yes this action today. By attorney general merrick garland is a significant departure from the philosophy and the practice of the trump administration. Like you mentioned former attorney. General bill barr had opposed the opening of such an investigation After george floyd death last year even after civil rights division officials had found in a preliminary examination that minneapolis police officers had used force. Two hundred and forty times used the chokehold maneuver specifically in many of which rendered suspects unconscious. So that was something that civil rights. Division officials at the time believed warranted further look actual investigation into the police department bar oppose that he was worried about morale he worried that another federal investigation would just you know hurt officer. Morale costs spikes in crime as the department was You know under such duress following floyd's killing but generally speaking the bar to open civil investigation like this is fairly subjective and you know civil rights. Division officials have to basically look to see if there is unconstitutional conduct. If there's a pattern of that behavior. And if they feel that that exists that gives them the authority to to take a closer look and see what are some of the possible outcomes that could result from this investigation. So many of these investigations and in court enforceable agreement a legal settlement known as a consent decree and in that consent decree the justice department can outline and force changes on local municipalities. It can force reforms and mandate any sort of you know changes in policy changes in use of force changes in tactics that it sees fit and then that agreement is frequently overseen by a monitor who will make sure that the police department is actually implementing the changes and conservatives in particular have criticised this approach because they feel it is unfair to force these sometimes costly changes on cities but this administration certainly believes that it is one of the best ways to actually create longstanding change. Have you gotten a response from the minneapolis. Police department or local officials in minneapolis. The opening of this investigation at the federal level. The police department has said it welcomes the investigation and it is ready to fully cooperate. The chief said that he is eager to share the work of his department with federal investigators to uncover any sort of deficiencies or unwanted conduct and make changes. He said he has been pushing to get federal support for years and this will help him to make some of the reforms that he's long advocated for the mayor and the city council of also said they welcomed this justice department investigation as a way to hold the police accountable with an authority. The state and local officials don't have finally sadie. There's been a lot of discussion about how the verdict in the chauvin case could impact. The trials of three other police officers charged in. George floyd death. Is there a potential impact on those cases now that the doj has opened this investigation will justice. Department officials told us today that they were sensitive to the fact that the chauvin was ongoing in deciding not to announce this investigation intel. The verdict had been delivered yesterday. And so you know but there are still three other trials slated to happen and i think there is some concern that this move will have some impact on that trial at something. The judge will likely ask about whether jurors in that case have heard about this and whether that will impact their view of the specific cases wall street journal justice department reporter. Sadie gherman sadie. Thank you.
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"We now have with us. Michael zeldin former justice department prosecutor former independent counsel veteran legal analysts and host of the new podcast. That said michael. Welcome back to skulduggery. Thank you so much for having me. There is a lot that is going to be on the plate of the new attorney. General merrick garland who everybody assumes is gonna get confirmed and front center is going to be the demands for accountability for what happened. During the trump era writ large and also very specifically what happened over the last week with the horrible rations and riots on wednesday and the question is can people be held criminally accountable for what happened clearly. The rioters can but the question is can and should president trump himself be investigated you've been looking at the at the law and this and you're familiar as we all are with the facts. Give us your take so when we say. Hold a person who's a politician accountable. There are two ways to hold people accountable politically and criminally. And so when you ask the question what will merrick. Garland's role be his role be to determine whether or not there's criminal culpability and principally the question of criminal culpability for trump or anyone who is going to be accused of inciting a riot is did they engage in conduct that is criminal and not first amendment protected free speech so it's really inciting violence. The question is what did you do. What did you say. And how is that. Impacting the in conduct engaged. In by those who you were talking to and personally. I hate this edition law. It was passed in one thousand nine hundred eighteen. Essentially to prosecute people like eugene debs. Who are speaking out against the draft in the first world war. It's been a terrible law for the left. So i don't like it. I read trump's speech on the march to save arm save america. There's nothing in there that i read. That is language. That's of a fighting nature that says go down there and and Destroy the capital. In fact he says specifically that we are going down there Lawfully and peacefully and patriotically to make our voices heard he says yes. We will fight. We will fight. But the words fight in his speech. Refer to sorta like his whole administration. We've been fighting ever since we got here and we're going to continue to fight. So i don't see anything in here that legally would hold him culpable under the sedition laws and i think therefore the consequences that he has to suffer our political but but sedition and but that would also apply to incitement right because addition incitements are not are. Those are two separate statutes right. You've got rebellion insurrection. Inciting riot sedition domestic terrorism. But they all dan sort of come down to at the very bottom. What did you say. And what did you encourage and when you say to somebody. In a civil rights context we are going to fight for our rights of you say in the anti war movement that we are going down to the white house or to the capital. And we're gonna demand this or we're going to fight for that. I don't see those as legally culpable words. I see them as first amendment protected words and and it makes me a bit insane to hear you know so the liberals in congress wanting to apply this law to trump because i don't like him without any recognition of what has been used for in the past. And how dangerous it is. If we broaden its use for the future so taking this out of the realm of the criminal law. Because i think you you make a pretty persuasive case that that he could not be liable for the violence that occurred on wednesday and yet you know over the last four years really five years because it began during his campaign. There is a pattern of rhetoric. That i think you can make a pretty persuasive. Argument has led to violence not that you could establish that criminal laws were violated and trump could be prosecuted but created an atmosphere that contributed to violence that has occurred so then in terms of accountability. You said well the would that need to be political. What kind of political accountability do you think would be warranted. Well so i tweeted on my at michael zeldin twitter thing a new event for me that i think the first step and maybe the last step but certainly the first step should be a- vote of censure that the conduct that we've seen not only in respect of the march to save america but the incendiary language that that trump has used throughout the fight against the results of the Twenty twenty election. Warrant some censure. And i would i would. I would favor that just as i would favor censure for holly and crews for the for the for the same exact exact reasons the twenty-fifth amendment i don't i don't see it. You know he's he's a distaste. He's destabilizing force in america. He's been a the destabilizing force ever since he got here whether in the next thirteen days he's going to launch nuclear weapons or do something that makes him unfit for office with the twentieth. Was there in the aftermath of the kennedy assassination. Kennedy was in a coma essentially from having been shot or in the case of reagan where he's going under general anesthesia. It's when they're really truly incapacitated. It's not because you disagree with them. It's not that you have the right to have a president who you disagree with politically removed from office at the. The president of that is just incredibly dangerous. And you know there are presidents that we saw in the past with thomas jefferson and john adams thomas jefferson and john adams vice president of john adams who actually run against him. There's a twenty fifth amendment. Jefferson invokes the twenty fifth amendment to get rid of atoms. Doesn't have to face him in the eighteen hundred. The dangers here are so enormous. And when you don't have the benefit of historical understanding of how these things were intended to be used and if they become weaponized to use that word against one's political enemies. I just think we're setting ourselves up for a catastrophe going forward. All right michael. You're gonna piss off a big chunk of our listeners. I know that you know the thing about the thing about being as i said to myself a leftist the thing about being that is that you piss off liberals right but let's look at the totality here and and try to put it in in some context you had these tens of thousands of people convening coming to washington anybody looking at the social media over the last few weeks would have seen all sorts of references to violence to bringing guns to fighting back and standing up for the second amendment as well as exposing the election fraud and then the president gets up there and he's talked talks about the need to stop the steel. We're going to march down to pennsylvania and we're going to march down pennsylvania avenue to the capital to buck up these weak republicans and make sure they stopped the steel..
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"Were a budget. True fair point a healthy because you are a part of the same deep state of course going to go after them. Public there is a. There's a natural tension between investigators and prosecutors have to watch a crime. Show on television. You can see that. It's like what the age old dame's but it doesn't have to be personally hostile and america's a great relationship with our had great legs with people who are running the bureau at even the ones on the ground at the time and i have every expectation that that will continue remember. Lisa lago was chief staffed by molar that of building really well knows the cultural really well. i think that They are going to be welcomed across the street. When i asked you before about the two questions that are gonna come up from republicans on the confirmation hearing. You answered one of them. Which was a special counsel for hundred biden. But i also ask you about the durham investigation. Which really seems to be focused on an issue. You know well. And that is the handling of a fiso warrant against one of the suspects in the in the russia investigation. Now i'm sure you've read the inspector general report that quite a bit of of significant errors and omissions in the fbi. Warrants on on carter page. So i just wanna get your reaction to that because this was an issue i mean five am handling of fiso. Warrants got presented to the fisa court with something that was very much front and center during your tenure at the justice department. So you know. I just having read what the f. b. all the things the fbi got wrong there including the fact that it had information that undercut what was being presented to the court and it did not disclose that. Doesn't that argue. That the durham investigations should be continued in some form aggressively to get to the bottom of all the issues that the inspector general raised the inspector general pretty good and thorough job so i was actually surprised that there was a second investigation charter but let me let me speak about flies. A what i said. Then and i leave today. Is that when you give. The government unilateral power. That is not checked by the adversarial system. You have the potential for either just stupid mistakes or worse and there half to be really really rigorous systems in place to prevent that and so jamie can. I just just cut you off for one second. I want to ask you specifically about that because in the past there have been proposals that i think have gone nowhere to have some version of avatar cereal system where someone is appointed not to represent the defense in an individual case but kind of for a long period of time to to represent the other side to make it more adversarial. Would you favor that. So actually the vise accord now has a panel of lawyers who are qualified of by virtue of their security clearance background understanding of a foreign intelligence surveillance to be the appointed advocates on the other side. Where there appears to be some issues so i. I think that that's a pretty good solution before suggesting that the something more. I wanna know how that is working lie for reporters who's actually going to become the deputy counsel and legal adviser to the national security council One of those people on the panel and my impression is that worked the harder question is what is the nature of the review the goes into those applications very dense and very thick and somebody needs to really look hard and reno was so worried about this and she paid special attention to that she elevated to her office as direct reports. The office of intelligence policy review which were the pe- the people who had to review those. She wanted a look in the eye. The people whose job it was to give her this big stack of paper so that she could say what is in your that i need to worry about. She also read every day and page. Which i am very certain has been not been the tradition thereafter. But maybe i'm wrong about that but you took her a ton of time and she did it so to answer your question about flies as i would a would look to see whether this adversarial process that is has been established in the pfizer court works and i would really be fought will return to its former state. Frankly the review processes both in the bureau and at main justice of those applications with regard to the durham investigation. Let me just say. I firmly believe that all. Us attorney should tender their resignations. every single one of them at the end of the tenure of the president appointed them the justice. Wormington ryan a cohesive wage policy set by the attorney general Whom they serve. And that's what i think. And i don't accept durham from that. I'm very confident that there can be found someone within that team within the departments in the league that equity. There's no reason for a special counsel there. In fact bill var didn't even attempt to say that it was qualified under the rags establishing special counsel. He just said it was kind of a good thing to do. But he didn't tethered to the the very regulations. Which sal while you do it well. He couldn't because dharam is a sitting. Us attorney in there for exempt from being a special counsel which says the special counsel should be somebody from outside the government. Yes and you also need to have a conflict. Tell me where that was. And if he had a var had a conflict. Why didn't he have it two years ago or years. He and -ticipant added that the biden justice department would have a okay merrick. Garland does not have a conflict. Okay.
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"Joined by jamie guerrilla former deputy attorney general of the states and i think it's fair to say that there may be nobody in washington other than merit garland's wife who knows him better than jamie. They were colleagues She was his boss. They were in college together. So jamie welcome to skulduggery. I'm happy happy to be here. I would add his two daughters probably know him better than i do. Walk longer right all right so big picture. What kind of justice department will merrick garland. Run america will run a justice department. That lives up to the long time values of that department. He will make decisions based on the facts and the law. He will lead with his own values. And those of the president-elect vice president-elect. I'm confident that we're going to have a fabulous justice department over these next years. Jamie you know that in part because you've known him since college but you also know that because you saw him work up. Close as your top deputy at the justice department. He was the so called. Pay dag the principal. Associate deputy attorney general and help you. Janet reno run the department of justice in the first part of the clinton administration. So tell us about how merrick garland did his job during that period. What some of the highlights were and what that tells us about how he would approach the job of general. Well as you know. Dan he has Sat at nearly every important seed around the table. At the justice department. He started out his career. As an assistant bend civiletti he was a line prosecutor. He was important player in the criminal. Division he was my pay dagger he ran critical investigations During that time and of course then you add to that twenty three years as one of the most esteemed judges in the country. That's a pretty good package. That present like biden has gotten here. I think he he already a couple of really important things to the table. One just to mention and given to is important judicial tenure bring a credibility with the courts. I mean if he takes a position on behalf of the department of justice it will be recognized by his former colleagues. Not just in the district courts in the court of appeals but in the supreme court he has held very important roles within the judiciary. And i think that'll be very important. Particularly given given the positions that apartment has taken in the last four years and and the way. The courts have have responded. We've lost a lot of credibility. So i wanted to start there. Of course he did serve on the circuit with now. Chief justice. John roberts and i think he's got the respective of the chief justice. There's a lot of things about me. Mike and i covered maryland. Going back to when. I i think i think i i got to know him when he left his relatively new partnership at arlen porter where he was making in those days a huge sum of money. Three hundred thousand dollars a year or something. that's what these corporate lawyers do by the way but go ahead. They do what make money make huge sums of money but he laughed. I mean i got to. I met him for the first time. Because stuart taylor. Someone who we all know was working with me at times and said something unusual happens. Someone left a partnership in a big washington law firm to become a line prosecutor in the us attorney's office in washington and such notable and unusual thing. That was worth a story in times. When i worked there. But i actually i want to go back a little further before the two of you worked together. This was his first job in the justice department as a special assistant to bend civiletti. He mentioned this in his remarks. When president-elect biden introduced him. Ben civility. I think was the third attorney. General after watergate had levy you had judge bell and then eddie and one of the things that garland mentioned was that ben civil civiletti was kind of putting down on paper. These new norms in the in the post watergate era ensuring that the justice department would be independent and that you know keeping partisan politics out of the work of the justice department. And that's what merrick garland was doing. So it tells you something about. And it's really part of his dna so when you worked with him in the justice department i imagine you were able to see him close up and his kind of dedication to those basic principles which have not been present in the last four years so i wanted to talk about that a little bit. He brings to the table. And as lisa monaco. the spirit of a line prosecutor. He knows what it is like to know case applause and to have news on how it should be handled now. It is not the job of a senior appointee like the attorney general to just defer entirely to those light attorneys but it is the job of an attorney general deputies general to listen to those people and to hear them and to make decisions based on the facts and the law without any political pressure without any preference for anyone and he knows that he's lived it. He lives at the bottom and he helped right at the top. And i saw every single day that we worked together at justice. You're just picking up on that as you know one group. That's not entirely excited about america. And selection are progressives who have criticized him over the years saying he's been too deferential to law enforcement he's sided when there have been issues between law enforcement and civil liberties groups and others. Give us your take on that. And how he would respond how you think. He would respond to that set of expected criticism. So let me be really clear about two things. Both under the heading of. I don't think this is a fair criticism and i think those people will be proven to and happily proven from their point of view to to been mistaken in their concerns about him. You don't as a judge to make policy so then the last twenty three years. He is not been in a position to tell anybody what his views are on civil rights or the enforcement of civil rights in terms of his decisions. He follows the case law. I mean those decisions. He made were strict adherence to precedent. So i don't share those concerns. And i think when he's able to speak in his own voice. Those concerns will be addressed. I think you'll see that in his confirmation hearings for sure. Jv let me ask you something about what is going to be on his plate. Assuming he's confirmed a very big plate and it'd be a very big play but one of the things is likely to be on on his plate. There is a conversation in washington and across the country about whether after these four very difficult years full of scandal and controversy and corruption whether there needs to be a reckoning and at a real effort to sort of hold accountable president trump and people around him who may have broken laws the senses that that joe biden doesn't necessarily want to go there he wants to move look forward not backward and it'll be up but ultimately it'll be up to his justice department to make decisions about criminal prosecutions but the one that will really be looming. Is this thing that we've just been through with this attack on the capital and the fbi is looking at that crimes and we even understand that they're looking at potentially president trump for possibly inciting violence house. Democrats are preparing criminal referrals to deliver on january twenty first to the justice department so this is not likely to. You know it'll take a while for these allegations to be investigated and it may well be that merrick. Garland is going to have to make decisions when he becomes attorney. General how how will he think about issues like this. How will the approach questions about whether the president the former then former presidents should be investigated and prosecuted present bind said he at independent department of justice and independent attorney general. He's going to get one. You can't actually imagine anybody more independent than somebody. Who's been for the last twenty three years on the bench and silent basically on public policy issues and action from political campaigns or blogs or podcasts. Or anything so. I think that he will approach this..
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"Listener supported W. nyc studios. Federal Investigations Seldom. Begin with an uproar internal rules keep fledgling probes on the down low lest evidence. Reputations be destroyed. Before Elections Historically, the Justice Department is especially mum so as not to influence voters on the basis of mere suspicion. Not lately though since the ascension of Attorney General Bill Bar and especially in this election campaign, the Justice Department has been weaponized as a political tool for donald trump unproven and unfounded allegations are the warheads and the delivery system is the Agencies Department of Public Affairs Former federal prosecutor on Kush Car Dory wrote this week in slate about the transformation of a historically circumspect Justice Department press office into a trump propaganda machine. I'm Chris Welcome on the media. Thank you for having me first of all before bill bar and trump, and let's say not counting the Criminal Nixon administration how independent of politics was the Justice Department and the Public Fairs Apparatus? There is an element of political work as part of every Justice Department at the level of priorities and directional. Movement federal law enforcement right. So one administration might focus on immigration and other might focus on white collar crime but that really was about it and the public affairs office served a fairly mundane role. Circulating press releases are making people available to announce an indictment and the resolution to a criminal case, and perhaps also to announce a major investigative initiative or the results of a major project. My historical memory is that when you go to the Justice Department and ask if they're investigating something, they say mind your own beeswax. We don't volunteer information about ongoing investigations. That is true. There is an exception in Justice Department policy for matters of significant public concern to assure the public that the department is doing something about it. prototypical case to maybe put a finer point on it would be like a terrorist bombing or a school shooting. You know maybe a racially motivated violent crime, right? Those are the sorts of cases where the governor said look we are looking into this. So years ago the department looked into the civil rights compliance of the Police Department in Ferguson Missouri under President Obama. An air colder we have determined that there is a co there's costs for the Justice Department open an investigation to determine whether Ferguson police officials have engaged in a pattern or practice. Of violations of the United States constitution for federal law but the past six months and nothing bat the Justice Department is dropping its criminal case against President Trump's former national security adviser retired general Michael Flynn shocking reversal in the criminal case at President Trump's longtime friend and ally Roger Stone. It's led to a protest and charges of Interference Attorney General William Bars probe into the origins of the two thousand sixteen Russia investigation is now expanded into a criminal probe highly public constant commentary by the Attorney General and press releases from the Office of Public Affairs. Historically, this is an aberration is it not? It's definitely an aberration these kind of discreet one off cases where the department is intervening for ways that at least appear to be designed to shore up the president's or the Republican, Party's political interests or to further media narratives. That's highly highly unusual. I think in I have thought about this I think quite possibly holy unprecedented in the modern area. The pre-election period has been especially FEKETE ND in terms of politicization of potentially criminal matters. Let's start most recently with the story last week. From Luzerne County Pennsylvania, the US attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania David freed announced that nine military ballots were discovered in Luzerne county that were opened improperly the announcement was made even though no charges have been filed them. That's something unusual for a federal investigation. Now, the recent why we don't know that much about what actually happened is precisely because this information became public at an extremely early stage in the investigation process I've never seen anything like it document that unilaterally announces an investigation that nobody knew about nobody was asking about. Involving a fact pattern that may not even involve a crime. And you turned the news coverage of this more or less. Okay. Explained the possibilities about what might have taken place that do not seem sinister. Also. Discussed potential sinister explanations but I think generally the unlikelihood of political mischief but you wrote in slate that the nature of the mainstream. Was Essentially beside the point. The apparent objective of the press release was not really to get it covered one way or the other so much in the mainstream press but to inject it I, think in to this sort of conservative silo of media according to DOJ several military ballots will quote discard it. Investigators have recovered a total of nine ballots so far, not surprising. The deejay says an overwhelming majority of those ballots were cast for guests who Donald Trump it excelled in its objective on that front and I think for the purposes of trump and bill bar. That's really what they're angling for is to try to shift the terms of the narrative within this particular channel of the media ecosystem, and now that the nine discarded trump outs of part of the narrative of election. Twenty twenty. We can be pretty certain that it doesn't matter what the results are of the local police investigation or the Justice Department investigation trump will cite them again and again, and again as proof positive that what he's saying all along is true that the Democrats are trying to rig and steal the election by destroying mail in ballots meant for him this ending millions. Of ballots all over the country, this fraud they found in creeks they found some with the name trump just happened to have the name trump just the other day in a wastepaper basket..
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"The impact on the workforce of these agencies their efforts to assist and protect Americans abroad and domestically and the broader national security and foreign policy consequences for the United States. It's the law fair podcast. Bonus edition how the State Department and the Defense Department are responding to the cove in nineteen pandemic Katie. Let's start with breath tax. Do we have an idea about how many dod personnel have been diagnosed with Cova nineteen or quarantine on account of it? Yes so the DOD has been putting out a daily fact sheet were they give us a sense of how many servicemembers that they have that have been diagnosed with a cove in nineteen every day. Those numbers right. Now as we're recording on Thursday morning are in the mid two hundreds. They've been steadily increasing over the last week And one of the really striking things that we've seen literally just moments before we sat down to record this. Scott is the entirety of the USS Theodore Roosevelt which is an aircraft carrier. That's currently end of civic. Right now is is going to be tested for corona virus because they have had now I think something like twenty odd positive cases on the aircraft carrier. So that really gives you a sense of how dramatically this this virus might be able to spread in kind of small. It's large large groups of servicemembers but who are kind of kept together on a small installation like an aircraft carrier. You know it's hard to do social distancing when you've got five thousand guys five thousand crew members on an aircraft carrier sitting in the middle of the ocean so that I think really gives you a sense of some of the vulnerabilities that that the US military is is facing is just around the world as they try to think about how to deal with keeping the spread of this disease away from their service members. The situation you describe the Theodore Roosevelt really captures one of the unique challenges facing duty as an agency. A lot of its core functions require personnel to work in close proximity to each other cohabitate. What strategies have we seen dod adopted? Try and adapt these activities in response to the covered nineteen threat. Yeah I mean. I think you're seeing a growing awareness in in the Pentagon leadership that they're going to have to take a more top down approach to managing the spread of this disease initially secretary of Defense Mark S. I was really trying to push a lot of these decisions down to the command level. You know saying okay. Well your situation over here in. Us Forces Korea is going to be completely different from the situation on. Say for Campbell in Kentucky the Kentucky So that I think we've started to see didn't really work in the sense that a lot of Lower level commanders and service members. Were starting to say we'll look. It doesn't seem like to me that Mike Commander My base or Or what have you is doing enough to to really enforce some of these social distancing measures that the public health experts are saying in the civilian world are critical to making sure that we stay safe So I mean I just as a journalist has gotten lots of calls and emails from from servicemembers both inside the Pentagon end and at bases across the US. Saying you know what we're still seeing guys gathering in large groups to do pt or gather for formation and isn't that a huge risk factor. Just in the last week we've started to see take some some more stringent steps from the top save save upgraded. What's called the The health protection status for For the entire US military To To a level that basically to the second highest level basically insists on things like health screenings. If you're going to interrupt facility it limits gatherings to smoke groups. It make sure that if you're coming into a particular installation its mission. Essential work only that kind of thing The other thing is just in the last couple of days. They've put a sixty day freeze on all troop movements overseas. It's hard to overstate. I think how dramatically that could reshape. What the US military's mission looks like in the long term? Even after this is over I've had sort of a couple of officials. Say to me things like well. You know if you pause something you know for example. They've paused they've paused. Training with the Iraqi security forces. The training mission in Iraq pause these kind of missions in indefinitely. What's to say that they're gonNA get restarted when this is all over? You know inertia as powerful saying bureaucracy. This is at the Pentagon so I I think there's there's a lot of shifts that we're seeing both kind of from the top down level in terms of providing dictates to two different commands and installations across the world but but also changes that might potentially have long term consequences. One thing that dod is known for is planning an agency full of planners who loved to develop contingencies and keep books of them filed away for future use but here it seems like Dod's response to cove nineteen has been slow and somewhat improvised. Do they have protocols in place to handle something like this and if not why not as kind of the three hundred million dollar question Scott We saw the joint chief of staff surgeon yesterday. Get up on the podium and say look. We didn't know this was going to be this bad in January as kind of an explanation for why we haven't why we weren't seeing sort of stricter health protection measures for servicemembers. Put in place. Sooner you know. Why wasn't the Pentagon sort of prepared to be ramped up to to go to hip gone? Charlie you know a month ago for example instead of sort of now waiting. They've had their first confirmed case of Covet. Nineteen inside the Pentagon and I'm not sure there's a satisfactory answer to that question yet. A lot of the folks inside the Pentagon who've been reaching out to me sort of military officials who work throughout the building including at least one senior defense official have said to me. It's hard for us to see anything but political pressure from the top either from the White House or from the political leadership at the Pentagon that this wasn't sort of locked to the building and other dod installations weren't locked down sooner The they're point being exactly what you've just said. This is a building full of planners. There are almost certainly contingency plan sitting on the shelf for what to do in the case of a pandemic. The question is why weren't they implemented earlier. Why are we only sort of now on March twenty seven of the Week of March twenty? Sixth seeing some of these measures like moving the Pentagon to hip. Contrary why are we only see? Now you just published a great article in defense one describing what you call the lurching effort to respond to cove nineteen at Dod and particularly within the Pentagon. Can you give us a sense of what it's like to work in the Pentagon right now? Yeah so right now inside the building senior aides to the executive assistants or the senior aides to senior leaders inside the Pentagon or getting what I think our daily briefings from the body that's in charge of basically the administration of the Pentagon reservation the entire complex and they have been recording the number of swipes in in and out of the building as the as they've been sort of increasing telework restrictions. Put on folks coming in and out on Friday They were about thirty percent of normal traffic in and out of the building which is obviously huge huge decrease. But even then you were seeing you. Were seeing this administrative body. Say That's too much. We still gotTA GET. We gotta get the numbers down. That's about eight thousand people on Wednesday by nine thirty in the morning there were still five thousand people that it's wiped themselves into the Pentagon that's the Pentagon's a big building but that's still a lot of people and I think the the frustration one of the frustrations that I'm hearing anyway. Is that even though they have kind of upgraded the health protection status for the building to hip controversially. What I'm told from folks who work in the building is that a lot of the health screening measures that are supposed to go along with that which is temperature taking a couple of questions about potential symptoms is just not happening because there isn't the capacity to do that for five thousand people. The other thing that I'm hearing is that the that the delivery of the palm is right now. St Louis De is still asking that to be on schedule service branches budget requests. That's something that's really hard for workers to do remotely so there's guys that are still coming in the building to work on that and that is something that I think. I'm hearing from some military officers in the building that. Why are we still trying to get this done on? This accelerated schedule to get it done by the beginning of the summer when we can sort of easily push that back a few months and ease the burden on the building and sort of ease. Ease the number of people that are coming out of the door now obviously DOD personnel work on a lot of very sensitive issues. That might be hard to handle remotely as people working in the State Department at the CIA. How are they adapting this part of their mission? Do we have a sense of what staffing levels are actually needed for these functions? And how does that compare to the actual staffing levels? We see on the ground. So right now Guys that I'm talking to work sort of I think what can be called sort of mission. Essential functions that require them to be inside of a skiff that they really can't do telework on It sounds like individual offices are kind of implementing as best of restrictions. They can sort of as they go along My understanding is that guys are working in shifts rather than kind of be all on top of each other all the time and then there's there's sort of increased cleaning and and again just sort of just an awareness like how far away can I stay from my colleague. But they're trying to stagger how Some of these some of these workers that are working skiffs are are are coming into that. They're not all on top one another essentially but that to a certain degree is a is a judgment call right like you have to balance okay. Well how critical is it for this person to to be in this chair? Doing whatever this job is is is it keeping people safe somewhere across the globe or is it something that we can you know. It's something that we can sacrifice to prevent the spread of the disease because of course limited the fundamental paradox at the Pentagon is facing is. They do have a huge responsibility to protect the country. You can't totally shut down. What the Defense Department does overnight and assume that we're going to continue to be safe but at the same time..
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"And now one more thing. An opinion from Monica Esi a columnist columnist for the style section. So I spent forty eight hours going to Elizabeth Warren born rallies and events and every conversation about Elizabeth. Warren becomes the same conversation about Elizabeth Warren for her fans knew your it starts off with. I love her. I'm inspired by her. I love her policies. Love who she is. I love her Kardashians. I love her the energy. I love her shoes. I love her dog. I love her skin. I love her healthcare. I love her child care but then the conversation turns into something else. The conversation turns into. I love her but I'm afraid that America doesn't or that America loves her but won't vote for her or that. I'm afraid my moderate father-in-law other in law won't vote for her or I'm afraid the country isn't ready for her so it's fascinating scenario of really liking your candidate but being so trapped in a panic of electability that you yourself might not even vote for the candidate that you want to win and think desserts to win. I think in this election were haunted by a couple of ghosts or haunted by the Ghost of Twenty Sixteen and Watching Hillary Clinton lose. And and how that somehow in people's minds has become this abstract panic that no woman can win and then I also think we're haunted by the ghost of the past Millennia of American and international history. which is how we think of women and how we think women should behave and how we react to them when they don't behave h-have that way so in this particular election UC Bernie Sanders passionately yelling and it's looked at as being inspirational `rational righteous? What do you do with an industry that knowingly for billions of dollars in short-term profits is destroying this plot? I say that is criminal activity that cannot be allowed. Thank you Senator Sanders and you see Comma Hera's raising her voice and it's looked at as being gene lecturing or like a heron failure of states to public schools in America. I was part of the second class to integrate Berkeley California public schools almost two decades after Brown v Board of Education Because Your City Council made that decision. It was uh-huh and that's why we need to pass the Equality Act even the people who are saying I don't even even think of gender. I don't even think of Elizabeth Warren as a female candidate. I don't even think of Amy Klobuchar is a female candidate. We can't escape those ghosts. They haunt us in the best. We can do always be aware.
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"Biden's like he has said he's created a process to evaluate Rudy Rudy Giuliani's information and. I should also stress that he has sort of emphasized. Ukrainian information is inherently reliable. So he's just in the way he's he's created waited. What seems to be a special process? He hasn't used the word special but he has said I've created an intake process. That in itself is notable. You know it's not like he's telling Juliani hey just one eight hundred call. FBI and you can get your information to us as like I would have to do. He's created a process and we've reported that involves Mr Giuliani going to the US. Attorney in Pittsburgh. We don't know why exactly that person was selected but that does to your point suggests just it's a little it's a little more special. It is something that was specifically created at least To handle this Ukraine information. So when we think about all of of these different incidents the Roger Stone sentencing the roll out of the Miller. Report this special access. That Rudy Giuliani is going to have the to the Department of Justice. What what does that tell us about? The future of the Justice Department and its relationship with the president will so in the wake of the stone controversy Versi a lot of former justice department officials Democrats other legal analyst. Legal scholars are saying that the Justice Department is just being politicized to a degree that they haven't seen before they're seeing the department kind of bent to the will of president trump in the stone controversy. You can see that kind of most clearly. You can see clearly. The tension between career prosecutors accusers bureaucrats who weren't appointed by the president and the political leadership which wants to go a different way? I think think it's important to say I'm sure bill bar would defend this as look. There's a reason that we have politically appointed leaders. I am accountable to people. People all know who I am. They know my name. You know I can be impeached. I have to testify before. Congress is resistant to that sometimes. I am accountable so I make make the decisions career bureaucrats. Don't get to make these decisions but what you do see here. Is it being exposed. That decision seemed to be going the way president trump wants them to go and that is causing some alarm among former justice department officials and people who worked in that institution before Matt's Appetite Ski covers the Justice Department for the Post. Roger Stone is expected to be sentenced by judge next week so unlike the day after. The Iowa caucuses focuses. We actually have results today from the New Hampshire primaries. What have we seen so far? Who won well Bernie Sanders one? They take this opportunity. So thank the people of the Hampshire for a great victory tonight in in doing so became the first candidate to unquestionably win. State of course after Iowa after that lengthy count we had Bernie Sanders with the most votes. But what Pete Buddha judge with the most delegates behind us popular vote Iowa and the victory here tonight so you even saw Bernie Sanders in his victory speech last night saying we had one Iowa which is disputed at this point but clearly he is the winner of New Hampshire. There's no doubt about that. And he'll try to turn that into momentum. I'm going to Nevada. We're going to South Carolina. We're GONNA wind nonsense as well. I'm Aaron Blake Senior reporter for the fix..
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"What can be done what can people do their individually collectively to take a stance that they don't end up in that in that in that horrible in that horrible place so john what can people do a couple of things one advice inside the white house maybe not too much we can do about that but i senior white house officials need to continue to try to enforce these rules and jack's point is an excellent one is these are not just knowing out doing them just because they're old norms there's a reason for them it protects the presidency it protects the president i gave an inbreeding to every single senior sc direct or personally for an hour to explain ethics rules white house contact rules press rules and i sat down with them as a way for me to get no my senior director but also say your inefficiential and if you break these rules it's not just you and hurts the presidency and you know i would obviously we all know from reading the papers very difficult for general kelly or or don mcgann the or now john bolton to manage this president but they need to do it in john bolton was the head of the civil division briefly the justice department and all of them need to explain to the president why we have is you'll so that's inside the white house more important what i really see missing in this is so sad is that we don't see senior republican officials either current or pass defending the department of justice in the fbi and they don't know anything any defensive obviously going to be a slight criticism of the president but they just need to defend the department senior judiciary committee officials in the senate and the house and former attorneys general of the united states these were people who headed the department of justice and so they don't have to mention the president they just simply seem to say we need to have a department of justice in an fbi that are independent and free of political interference it's sad thing when we have the president of the united states tweeting and putting the department of justice with the words justice in quotations when that happens we need to have current and former republican officials.
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"The evidence is against him on the other hand it's going to be much much harder i think for the justice department to bring a prosecution is a suspect to saisi because the president has prejudged the case and the justice department of the norms that harm they don't like to look lyrical right political i think that the so while actually grew with everything you said but there's a selfdefeating element to the president's open brazen violation of the north it would be much more effective to communicate in secret and because other things then there wouldn't be this public tech the other thing about the brazen openness is it's on the front page of the paper everyday everyone's commenting on it everyone can see it so i think in a way which should be grateful for his brazen open because i think it makes as opposed to violating the norms in secret so i think the thing about that is what you just said is true until it isn't and and provin i disagree it's been true so far we'll see it may be a jacket may be self defeating the president's narrow purposes but it's not self defeating for the country i mean and i know you agree with that i mean you know the concern narrow the mccabe the concern is the damage the actually done to the department of justice and let me let me follow up with you on that john because in addition to the brazen openness there have been some things that have happened behind closed doors that we only know about because later they ended up in the press for example with reported that the president called mass the attorney general the to drop pending prosecution of sheriff our pile he was later pardoned him but while the case was going on after in a specific criminal case for the attorney general to take action we know from last week's a book tour and well beyond that that the president at least according to jim komi asked jim komi to take specific action in the in the matter with with with clinton i think that's don's point which is if all this is happening out in the open and we can debate what the effectiveness of that is what's happening behind closed doors.
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"You know a given that all of this stuff is happening brazenly out in the public right now you're left to wonder looking at it from the outside how much more is going on that we can't see and so there that real risk to the public's faith public's confidence in the fair and impartial administration of justice but that beyond that just the public statements themselves have deeply corrosive effect i mean just just to take one example and it's about andrew mccabe who's now been referred for potential prosecution now i'm not saying anything about the merits of that question one way or another you know but think about the president united states is already repeatedly called for this guy to be prosecuted before this process has even been undertaken and so how much confidence is the public gonna have at the end of that process even if it is in fact carried out with the utmost integrity and so that's why while this lot to be said i think for the point jack made about the the integrity of the actual peration and actual carrying out of the duties of the senior officials in the justice department so far you know how much confidence is the public really going to have when these very basic institutional concepts are under daily assault by the present the united states i just think that's a very very grave problem can i say one country in response to that if i could court obviously i agree that the president's brazenly and openly violating these norms and in some sense it's obviously true that this is the aim of the president he's trying to undermine the legitimacy of the justice department of the muller investigation of the fbi i think that's what all this is about but the brazen openness makes it less effective and you're right that if mccabe is prosecuted it's going to seem political no matter what the.
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"Friends swing laugh to are trying to elect people like our guest they congresswoman cinema so yes we still can book slash sign preorder and we will send you a signed book plight and i would still note that jim komi sold six hundred thousand books in the first week well i know what i'm going to do after the podcast i'm gonna go get that proof of purchase get my book plate also check out keep it this week where ira karen lewis talk about the newest passengers on the trump train should ni twain and kanye west we'll get to that later but i the president started this morning by calling into fox and friends and screaming incoherently into the phone for thirty minutes before the hosts cut him off to go to a cooking segment dan because we're very modern and fancy hair pods save america we have a clip they were going to play for everyone's enjoyment he's guilty of crimes and if we add a justice department that was doing the job and set a skits mr president mr president your the republican in charge your cat a republican what i answered this all the time because of the fact that they have this witch hunt going on with people in the justice department that shouldn't be there they have a witch hunt against the president of the united states going on i've taken the position and i don't have to take this position and maybe i'll change that i will not be involved with the justice department i will wait till this is over it's a total it all lies and it's a horrible thing that's going on horrible thing and yet i've accomplished with all of this going on more than any president in the first year in our history and everybody even the the haters admit that.
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"You know there is a or i should say up until recently obviously rex no longer with us he gives one of his last and most candid interviews in the job in this book in which he puts a lot of blame on the white house for a lot of the stuff and talk very colorfully about his fights with this administration but you know the rationale you hear every time political rhetoric is deployed that denigrates and seeks to downsize diplomacy is you know we can do the same work but leaner the system's not working an end to be sure pred i'm really careful in this book not to say that you know the state department is perfect i worked there i know it's not perfect it's it is a slow moving ossified bureaucracy it's got all sorts of problems but every living secretary of state went on the record for this book and pretty much to a one they agree at the very least that there are serious problems with the way in which the system is being torn down rather than reformed isn't part of the problem this is true a lot of government agencies that good work they're good work is invisible and so the average person they can feel it if you cut the police department and they see fewer cops on the beam or the nine one one response time goes down but the average american doesn't feel it if you close an embassy in south america but remember that embassy in south america is also the embassy that saves you if you get held hostage in that country it's the people who screen visa applicants to keep our country safe from terrorists in a lot of that work is still done out of the consular department at the state department this is glamorous work you're right that it's invisible but it does have a tangible affect on the day to day lives of americans and you know for any american who travels anywhere it is the work of diplomats that most acutely informs the way any nonamerican views us and right now we're seeing a an era beginning to dawn in which china is doubling down on spend.
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"I feel like they're being specifically target even though the bigger threat appears to be coming from white supremist groups there has been criticism for the department of homeland security on a number of different levels for waste at lack of oversight lack of transparency low morale can you give us an update on how this huge bureaucracy is doing to meet those challenges what i think in in terms of morale uh would do something started under the los administration under secretary j jossef former secretary now jay johnson was was something called unity of effort which is he it these organizations to work together in to think of themselves as department of homeland security because you're again as you bring in these twenty two different agencies into one agency they're still thinking of themselves as legacy customs in legacy ins so he created these task forces so one of the task force joint task force west has a border patrol officer as the head of it in his deputies or an ice employee and a coastguard employees so force them to work together to go after these drug smugglers human trafficking terrorist instead of doing it apart and so ice is doing his thing sebp is doing his thing in the coast guard is doing its thing that forced him to to work together so that it was this this unity of effort so so to speak and in some ways that helped with morale because people have a greater sense of where they fit within the agency so that's one thing that's being done and tung turns of oversight there have been some some issues in terms of reno tsa's had a number of issues with our whistle blowers.