I swear everybody in this administration lies.
Courtesy of WaPo:
A Democratic senator requested Friday that the FBI open a perjury investigation into Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, accusing her of lying about the Trump administration’s family separation policy during sworn testimony to Congress.
Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) released a previously undisclosed memo Thursday from high-level officials at the Department of Homeland Security and the Justice Department in 2017 that outlined policy options to deal with illegal immigration at the border. The second item on the list is a policy to “separate family units.” The memo also notes that an upshot of such policies will be the “substantial deterrent effect.”
Nielsen has long denied there was a policy to separate families; during testimony in front of Congress in December, she said, “We’ve never had a policy for family separation.”
“Compelling new evidence has emerged revealing that high-level Department of Homeland Security officials were secretly and actively developing a new policy and legal framework for separating families as far back as December 2017,” Merkley wrote in a letter to FBI Director Christopher A. Wray. “In light of these conflicting facts, the FBI should immediately investigate whether Secretary Nielsen’s statements violate 18 U.S. Code § 1621, 18 U.S.C § 1001, or any other relevant federal statutes that prohibit perjury and false statements to Congress.”
I can hardly wait until administration officials and Trump family members are called before the new Democratically led Congress and called out for their past misstatements.
It is going to be a circus.
A very, very entertaining circus.