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Rep. McCaul Among Top Contenders for Homeland Security Director Job

U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul

U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, who was considered by the Trump administration as a contender for Homeland Security director, is now “high on the list” to replace John Kelly, MyStatesman.com reports

McCaul, 55, who is a seven-term Republican from Texas and a former prosecutor, declined to comment when asked about the position.

But U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, told the Statesman, “I think he’s talking to the White House. … He’s a good man. We go way back. I have a lot of confidence in him.”

But McCaul has some critics. Some conservatives, including Breitbart, don’t believe McCaul is tough enough on immigration.

President-Elect Trump’s Transition Team Shifts Focus to Homeland Security

homeland2department-of-homeland-security-logo-300x300By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Following weeks of delays, President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team has begun shifting its focus to Homeland Security.

Trump met with two prospective Homeland Security leaders this week, the Wall Street Journal reports.  They were Frances Townsend and Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas.

Trump also is considering retired Marine Gen. John Kelly, the former commander of the U.S. Southern Command.

Homeland security was created by then-President George W. Bush following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

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Donald Trump’s Candidate for Homeland Security Riles Border Hawks

U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul

U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Donald Trump’s potential selection of Rep. Michael T. McCaul for secretary of Homeland Security incensed border hawks because of the congressman’s position on immigration.

McCaul, a Texas Republican and chairman of the House Homeland Security  Committee, is perceived by some as weak on border security and a supporter of amnesty, the Washington Times reports. 

McCaul has been frequently criticized by conservatives and border activists for co-authoring the 2015 Secure Our Borders First Act, which ignored the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S.

“We certainly hope that Donald Trump would not reward a deceptive pro-amnesty lawmaker like Michael McCaul with a Cabinet position,” said William Gheen, president of Americans for Legal Immigration PAC. “That would be very disappointing to all of us that believed his campaign promises to secure our borders and deport millions of illegal immigrants under current U.S. laws.”

The Homeland Security secretary will be a critical nomination for Trump, who has pledged to fight illegal immigration. 

Trump Ignores Federal Briefing That Indicated Russia Behind Election Hacking

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

In typical Donald Trump fashion, the Republican presidential candidate doesn’t buy the federal government’s belief that Russia is trying to influence the election by hacking Democrats.

Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul said Tuesday that he warned Trump about the Russian hacks, but Trump promptly rejected the information, CBS News reports. 

“I think he has in his mind that there’s not the proof,” McCaul, a Trump supporter, said at the event in Austin, according to video obtained by Politico. “Now he hasn’t had the briefing I’ve had, but I made it clear that in my judgment it was a nation-state.”

During the final debate last week, Trump again said he didn’t believe Russia was responsible for the hacks.

“She has no idea whether it’s Russia, China, or anybody else,” Trump said. “Hillary, you have no idea.”

The federal government indicated for the first time earlier this month that Russia is behind the hacking of U.S. political groups.

“The U.S. Intelligence Community (USIC) is confident that the Russian Government directed the recent compromises of e-mails from US persons and institutions, including from US political organizations,” the Department of Homeland Security said in a joint statement with Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.

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U.S. Must Combat Terrorism Inspired by Internet, Homeland Security Chairman Says

U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul

U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

As domestic terrorism cases continue to rise, the U.S. must take on extremism on the Internet, Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul, R-Texas, said Tuesday.

McCaul said terrorism is spreading because of the Internet, creating a “global jihadist movement,” The Dallas Morning News reports. 

“Now we have a new generation of terrorists that are very savvy on the internet. They know how to exploit it, both how to recruit and train, and to radicalize from within,” he said, later adding: “Through the power of the internet, you don’t have to travel to Syria. You can get radicalized here.”
McCaul is calling for a nonpartisan proposal that will be pitched to the presidential candidates.

McCaul was speaking at the American Enterprise Institute.

House Homeland Security Committee to Investigate FBI’s Response to Orlando Shooter

Rep. Michael McCaul

Rep. Michael McCaul

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul said his committee will hold overnight hearings to determine whether the FBI could have done more to investigate the Orlando shooter before the massacre, ABC News reports.

“There are some disturbing flags going up in this case that we’re going to take a close look at,” the Texas Republican said on ABC’s “This Week,” adding, “The FBI tells me they didn’t have predication to detain or arrest” the alleged shooter, Omar Mateen, in its prior investigations of him.

“We do know he was on the radar several times saying he had affiliations with al Qaeda, terrorist organizations. We know he was close or attended the same mosque with the suicide bomber in Syria out of Florida,” McCaul said.

McCaul cautioned of future attacks.

“This will not be the last attack in the United States. I’m certain that there is another individual like Mateen out there who is radicalizing as we speak,” he said.

Terrorism Nearly Impossible to Stop in U.S., Says House Homeland Security Chairman

ISIS flag

ISIS flag

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul said Sunday that the U.S. cannot completely eradicate terrorism in this country, as evidenced by the attack in California last week that killed 14 people, the New York Post reports. 

“We didn’t see this one coming. There were no warning signs or flags,” McCaul (R-Texas) admitted to “Fox News Sunday.”

McCaul said the problem is that ISIS is a well-oiled propaganda machine, working to recruit people through social media and encrypted messages.

“We’ve stopped a lot of bad things from happening, but you just can’t stop it all when you have 200,000 ISIS tweets per day on the Internet coming into the United States to kill,” the Texas Republican said.

He added, “The volume is so high and the chatter is so high that it’s almost impossible to stop it all.”

In the meantime, the committee will try to determine whether federal investigators missed an opportunity to identify the threat posed by the San Bernardino shooters.

“There’s a serious investigation ongoing into what she was doing in Pakistan and in Saudi, including if she attended the red mosque in Islamabad, which is a very radicalized mosque,” McCaul said. “We think that she had a lot to do with the radicalization process and perhaps with Mr. Farook’s radicalization from within the United States.”

Federal Authorities Thwart Planned Attack on Pope During U.S. Visit

Pope Francis

Pope Francis

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Federal authorities say they have thwarted a planned attack on Pope Francis during his upcoming U.S. visit.

The New York Daily News reports that Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul expressed concern about the pope’s safety in light of the planned attack.

“We are monitoring very closely threats against the pope as he comes into the United States,” he said. “We have disrupted one particular case, but as that date approaches, we’re all very vigilant to protect him.”

Details of the planned attack were not released.

“The pope is a very passionate man, he likes to get out with the people, and with that comes a large security risk,” he said.

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