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More Trump firings of senior U.S. immigration officials seen likely

More Trump firings of senior U.S. immigration officials seen likelyTwo days after Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen announced her departure, a senior administration official said others at DHS were not doing enough to enact Trump’s promised immigration crackdown, a top priority for him since he announced his candidacy for the White House four years ago. DHS acting Deputy Secretary Claire Grady offered her resignation to Trump, effective Wednesday, after a 28-year career at the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security, Nielsen said in a tweet late on Tuesday. Several other DHS officials could be forced out soon, said an official familiar with the matter.



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More Trump firings of senior U.S. immigration officials seen likely

More Trump firings of senior U.S. immigration officials seen likelyTwo days after Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen announced her departure, a senior administration official said others at DHS were not doing enough to crack down on immigration, a top priority of Trump’s since the day he announced his candidacy for the White House four years ago. Several DHS officials could be forced out soon, said an official familiar with the matter. Among them were the department’s acting No. 2 official, Claire Grady, the source said, DHS general counsel John Mitnick and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Francis Cissna.



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Senior U.S. House Republican questions Trump plan to cut Central American aid

Senior U.S. House Republican questions Trump plan to cut Central American aidThe top Republican on the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee said on Monday that cutting aid to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras would make the situation there worse, not better, a sign that President Donald Trump will face bipartisan objections in Congress as he pursues the plan. “If we cut all this funding, and a lot of it, quite honestly, is seriously law enforcement that we’re doing down there … I think it’s going to make things tragically worse, not better,” Representative Michael McCaul said in a presentation at the Wilson Center think tank in Washington. The State Department said on Saturday it was carrying out Trump’s directive to end aid programs to the three Central American nations, known as the Northern Triangle, after Trump blasted them for sending migrants to the United States.



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Mali sacks senior army officers, dissolves militia after massacre

Mali sacks senior army officers, dissolves militia after massacreMali’s government on Sunday announced the sacking of senior military officers and the dissolution of an ethnic militia, a day after the massacre of more than 130 Fulani villagers, including women and children. Prime Minister Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga said new military chiefs would be named, and that the Dan Nan Ambassagou association, composed of Dogon hunters, had been dissolved. Survivors of Saturday’s attack said ethnic Dogon hunters carried out the deadly raid in Ogossagou, a village in central Mali inhabited by the Fulani community.



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Venezuela opposition leader Juan Guaido says senior aide was kidnapped by intelligence agents

Venezuela opposition leader Juan Guaido says senior aide was kidnapped by intelligence agentsThe Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido has said intelligence agents arrested his chief of staff after a pre-dawn raid, signalling that president Nicolas Maduro may be cracking down on the opposition’s challenge to his rule. Mr Guaido invoked the constitution in January to assume the interim presidency after declaring Maduro’s 2018 re-election a fraud, and has been recognised by dozens of Western nations as the country’s legitimate leader. Mr Maduro, who has overseen a dramatic collapse of the country’s economy, has called Mr Guaido a puppet of the United States and said he should “face justice”, but has not explicitly ordered his arrest.



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Senior prosecutor Weissmann to leave U.S. special counsel's team soon

Senior prosecutor Weissmann to leave U.S. special counsel's team soonAndrew Weissmann, who orchestrated the prosecution of President Donald Trump’s campaign chairman Paul Manafort, will leave the special counsel’s team “in the near future,” Mueller spokesman Peter Carr said. News of his departure, first reported by National Public Radio, came a day after Manafort was sentenced by a federal judge in Washington, bringing his total punishment to 7-1/2 years in prison from two criminal cases brought by Mueller’s team. Manafort was convicted of or pleaded guilty to a litany of financial and other crimes.



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Don't expect details from Mueller probe: senior U.S. Republican

Don't expect details from Mueller probe: senior U.S. RepublicanIf Representative Doug Collins is right, Democratic-led congressional committees that have launched their own probes of Trump may be stuck with a Mueller investigation report that serves more as a general guidebook than a detailed roadmap of Russian interference and any Trump campaign collusion. Democrats, who control the House of Representatives, want congressional investigators to have access to Mueller’s grand jury evidence and other information from the probe, fearing that Attorney General William Barr could release only a summary of Mueller’s report. Barr must decide what to do with it, a major test for the new Justice Department chief.



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I vetted judges and senior Justice officials and never came across anyone like Jared Kushner

I vetted judges and senior Justice officials and never came across anyone like Jared KushnerTrump son-in-law got a top-secret security clearance despite intelligence community concerns. I was denied clearance for a blog post about hacking.



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Mueller report not coming next week: senior U.S. Justice official

Mueller report not coming next week: senior U.S. Justice official“Any reports that the Special Counsel’s report will be delivered to the DOJ (Department of Justice) during the week of Feb. 28 are incorrect,” the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. The 21-month Mueller investigation, also focused on possible obstruction of justice, has been a dark cloud over Donald Trump’s presidency, with reports of its conclusion being imminent appearing frequently in recent weeks. CNN reported on Wednesday that the Justice Department may announce as early as next week that Mueller had given his report to Attorney General William Barr and that Barr would review the findings and submit a summary to Congress.



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Mueller Reveals ‘Senior’ Trump Campaign Push for Stolen Emails

Mueller Reveals ‘Senior’ Trump Campaign Push for Stolen EmailsTrump isn’t addressed directly in the 24-page indictment of his longtime political ally, but the detailed account of the interaction of his campaign and allies with WikiLeaks raises new questions about whether Trump or his family played a direct role in trying to communicate with the secretive foreign group that has been linked to Russia. The key passage in the indictment relates to a set of DNC emails released on July 22, 2016.



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