On Aug. 7, a letter to the editor from Sen. Susan Collins’ director of communications reassured Mainers: “In deciding whether to support bills or nominees, Senator Collins has always evaluated them based on merits, not based on who is occupying the Oval Office.” That’s frightening news, especially given her vote on Feb. 17, 2017, to confirm Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross – subject of a damning recent article in Forbes, a magazine not known for left-wing bias. The news, of course, is not new: The Securities and Exchange Commission fined his investment firm $2.3 million in 2016, after all. Reports that “Ross allegedly skimmed money by serving on corporate boards of his firm’s portfolio companies” and carried out much other dishonesty might have been learned then – at least by someone with the resources of a U.S. senator from Maine at her disposal. Related Headlines Back Cove in Portland called 'Back Bay' by locals, not … [Read more...] about Letter to the editor: Sen. Collins seems to be overlooking corruption in U.S. government
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By Steve Holland and Jonathan LandayWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Monday threatened to strike back at critics of President Donald Trump's contacts with Russia by revoking the security clearances of six former U.S. officials, drawing accusations that he was abusing his power and aiming to stifle dissent.Trump has targeted the former U.S. intelligence and law enforcement officials, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said, because they have "politicized and in some cases monetized their public service and security clearances, making baseless accusations of improper contact with Russia or being influenced by Russia." Among them is John Brennan, who headed the CIA under Trump's predecessor Barack Obama and was one of the most vocal critics of Trump's performance at his summit last week with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki. After Trump gave credence to Putin's denial of meddling in the 2016 U.S. election despite findings by the U.S. intelligence community, Brennan … [Read more...] about Targeting critics, Trump threatens ex-officials’ security clearances
By STEVE HOLLAND and JONATHAN LANDAYReuters July 23. 2018 10:23PM WASHINGTON — The White House on Monday threatened to strip six former U.S. intelligence and law enforcement officials, including Obama-era CIA director John Brennan, of their security clearances as President Donald Trump considers striking back at critics of his summit meeting last week with Russian President Vladimir Putin.The threat against Brennan and former senior U.S. officials James Comey, James Clapper, Michael Hayden, Susan Rice and Andrew McCabe represented an extraordinary politicization of the U.S. government’s security clearance process.White House spokesman Sarah Sanders said Trump is “exploring the mechanisms” to remove the security clearances. Sanders said the officials have “politicized and in some cases monetized their public service and security clearances, making baseless accusations of improper contact with Russia or being influenced by Russia.”After Trump gave … [Read more...] about Striking at critics, Trump threatens former officials’ security clearances
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced Monday that the administration may seek to revoke the security clearances of a number of Trump critics. According to Sanders, the security clearances of former CIA director John Brennan, former CIA director Michael Hayden, former national security adviser Susan Rice, former director of national intelligence James Clapper, former FBI director James Comey, and former deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe are all being examined. After weeks of walk-backs, Trump calls Russia investigation "a big hoax" Why we're talking about this Sanders made the announcement after Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, said Monday that he would urge President Trump to revoke Brennan's clearance. Brennan, who served under President Obama, most recently incurred to administration's ire for describing Mr. Trump's performance at last week's summit with Russian leader Vladimir Putin as "treasonous." Paul tweeted on Monday that Brennan was "divulging secrets … [Read more...] about Security clearances: How do they work?
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index U.S. Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by ByPatricia Mazzei July 23, 2018 MIAMI — Norma Borgoño immigrated to the United States from Peru in 1989. A single mother with two children, she set roots in the Miami suburbs, finding work as a secretary, dedicating herself to her church and, earlier this year, welcoming her first grandchild, a girl named Isabel, after Ms. Borgoño’s middle name. She took the oath of citizenship in 2007, a step she felt would secure her status in her adopted homeland. But hers, it turns out, is not a feel-good immigrant story: The Justice Department has moved to revoke Ms. Borgoño’s citizenship, an action that could eventually force her to return to Peru. Federal prosecutors in May filed a rare denaturalization case against Ms. Borgoño, 64, accusing her of committing fraud when she applied for … [Read more...] about Congratulations, You Are Now a U.S. Citizen. Unless Someone Decides Later You’re Not.