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DHS Secretary Nielsen Resigns Amid Shakeup to Address Immigration

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen resigned Sunday to address the Trump administration’s concern over illegal immigration.

In a tweet Sunday, Trump thanked Nielsen for her service and announced that Kevin McAleenan, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection commissioner, would become the acting DHS secretary.

 

McAleenan is a longtime border official who has fostered a good relationship with Congress and the Trump administration.

Nielsen met with Trump at the White House on Sunday, unaware she was going to be forced to resign, two people familiar with the decision told the Associated Press.
The sources said the move was part of a shakeup over the number of Central American families spilling across the southern border.

In her resignation letter, Nielsen never mentioned a riff with the Trump administration and said she was proud of her service and the employees at DHS.

“It has been my great honor to lead the men and women of the Department as its sixth Secretary,” Nielsen wrote. “I could not be prouder of and more humbled by their service, dedication, and commitment to keep our country safe from all threats and hazards.”

Head of ATF on Proposed Budget and Trimming Fat: ‘Now We’re Trimming into Bone’

Acting head of ATF Thomas Brandon.

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

One way to cut back on enforcement of the nation’s gun laws is to reduce funding to the top agency tasked with that job.

On Wednesday, Thomas Brandon, head of ATF, broke with the White House on the administration’s 2020 budget proposal that calls for ATF cuts, saying it would further damage the agency, which is already straining for resources, the Washington Times writes.

Brandon told lawmakers on Capitol Hill that the proposed budget would results in ATF losing 377 positions to attrition.

“You hear people say, ‘trim the fat.’ Then we trimmed into muscle and now we’re trimming into bone,”  Brandon testified before a House Appropriations subcommittee. “ATF won’t be able to do what it can do today.”

Brandon also said discussed benefits of a bill the White House opposes that extends the amount of time the FBI can get to perform gun-purchase background checks, the Times reports.

 

Completed Mueller Report Could Just Be the Beginning of Trump’s Heartburn

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

It’s looking more and more like the completed Mueller report will only be the beginning of President Donald Trump’s trouble.

Democrats on Monday will launch an “abuse of power” investigation that could be easily transformed into an even more serious process, with an expansive demand for documents from Trump’s government, his family and even his real estate empire, CNN writes on its website.

Trump responded to the mess, as he often does, with a tweet.

Secret Service Codenames for the Trump Administration. Jared’s is a Mystery

Jared Kushner. Photo by Lori Berkowitz Photography, via Wikipedia

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Some Secret Service codenames make sense. But not all do like Jared Kushner’s, which is  “Mechanic.” Don’t expect that guy to look under your car’s hood.

Other names seem more fitting, according to according to the website, Bustle.

The president’s codename is “Mogul.” Son Donald Trump Jr. is called “Mountaineer.” Eric Trump’s codename is “Marksman.” And Mike Pence is called “Hoosier.”

 

Secret Service Agent Who Said She Wouldn’t Take A Bullet For Trump is Leaving

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Kerry O’Grady, the U.S. Secret Service agent who publicly said in 2017 that she wouldn’t take a bullet President Donald Trump, is leaving the agencies with a black mark. Still, she’ll walk away in about three weeks with her pension intact, Real Clear Politics reports.

After he comment went public, she was removed as head of the Denver office.

Real Clear Politics reports that she has quietly settled a disciplinary action against her.

Trump’s Inner Circle Isn’t in the Clear Yet — Even If Mueller Probe Comes Up Empty

Donald Trump Jr. and his dad, President Trump, via Twitter

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

President Donald Trump’s children, Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump have taken to the airwaves of late to say they have no concerns about the outcome of the Mueller probe.

But the threat to the president, his family and aides isn’t over, even if the Mueller probe finds nothing on them, reports Darren Samuelsohn of Politico: 

Federal prosecutors in New York are examining Trump’s 2016 campaign, inauguration and businesses. Congress has given the Justice Department dozens of hearing transcripts that could contain lies told under oath. State and local prosecutors have reportedly prepped new charges that can’t be erased with a presidential pardon. And a slate of sealed indictments sit in the Washington, D.C., federal courthouse, raising the prospect that some in Trump’s circle may have already been indicted and just don’t know it.

“If anyone in Trump world is breathing easy right now, I’d say they are very foolish,” said Shanlon Wu, a defense lawyer who previously represented Trump’s former deputy campaign chairman, Rick Gates. “Even if Mueller’s report were to appear and didn’t implicate the president, all these other criminal investigations will continue. That’s not going to be the magic bullet that solves everything. I’d be very concerned if I was a lawyer or a potential target in that world right now.”

 

Donny Deutsch, Friend of Michael Cohen, Says Trump Has Plenty to Worry About

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Donny Deutsch, a good friend of embattled lawyer Michael Cohen, says President Trump has a lot to worry about in New York where the U.S. Attorney is dealing with the Cohen case.

Deutsch, who considers himself an ex-friend of Trump, appeared Wednesday night on NBC’s Late Night With Seth Meyers Show, said of Cohen and Trump:

“I think one of the reasons Trump is so panicked,  I mean, he was his guy. Other than his kids, he was front and center.”

Meyers asks should Trump be worried about Cohen cooperating, to which he says:

“He should be very worried…What’s going to take him down is, and Michael Cohen will be one of the people very important to this, is I believe, the Southern District, and there going to what I call, RICO him.”

Column: Signs of a Deep State or Just The FBI Doing Its Job?

Timothy L. O’Brien is the executive editor of Bloomberg Opinion.

Andrew McCabe

By Timothy O’Brien
Bloomberg

Andrew McCabe, who briefly served as acting director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation during the tumultuous months in 2017 after President Donald Trump fired James Comey, is making the rounds to promote his new book, “The Threat.”

Senior law enforcement officials putting their names to sensitive details of ongoing investigations – particularly ones as consequential and fraught as the current examination of the president’s intersection with Russia – is problematic. Going on tour is doubly ticklish. If G-Men are really dedicated to ensuring that justice is served and investigations are sacrosanct, then the public might expect them to remain behind the scenes until a probe runs its course.

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