And Let the Hearings Begin

US Congress on Capitol Hill, Washington DC. Photo by Bjoertvedt

The House of Representatives now under Democrat control are embarking this week on a round of hearings that CNN reports puts “the Trump administration” in the hot seat.

According to the House of Representatives Schedule the hearings will begin Wednesday, after President Trump delivers his postponed State of the Union on Tuesday.

These hearings according to CNN include, but are not limited to: The Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Investigations holding a hearing on Thursday that addresses the failures of the Trump Administrations family separation policy.

The end of the week will bring Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker to testify publicly before the Judiciary committee where he will mostly likely face a barrage of question over statements he’s made regarding the Special Counsel Robert Mueller Russian Investigation.

Whitaker recently made news when he during a January 28th presser told the gathered press that the Mueller investigation was nearly complete.

Also appearing at a behind closed door hearing is onetime former lawyer and self-proclaimed “fixer” Michael Cohen, who was originally set to testify in a public setting on February 7th, but as CNN reported citing threats to his family by both President Trump and his attorney Rudy Giuliani, Cohen postponed that public hearing, instead he will now appear before the House Intelligence Committee, on the 8th of February. The Wall Street Journal notes, that Cohen is also expected to testify behind closed doors with the Senate Intelligence Committee on the 12th of February. As the News Blender reported Cohen is expected to report to jail in March where he could serve up to three years in prison.

Monday Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) released a press release announcing that on March 6th, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen will testify before the committee regarding border security and Trump administration policies and plans for the future, in his statement Thompson explains, “We are giving the Secretary ample time to prepare for this appearance. She should be ready to defend the Administration’s border security actions and its plans to improve its border security agenda going forward.”

Prior to her testimony before the Homeland Security Committee, it was also announced Monday via a press release that the House Judiciary Committee chaired by Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) will hold a “full committee hearing to conduct oversight of the Trump Administrations family separation policy on February 12th.”

Nalder, along with Immigration and Citizenship Subcommittee Chairwoman, Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), issued a joint statement that reads in part, “Conducting oversight of the Trump Administration’s family separation policy is long overdue,” they add those Departments responsible “were either incompetent, or grossly negligent, in the policy’s implementation, which only compounded the trauma inflicted on innocent children. Many questions still remain and it is time for a full accounting of this shameful policy.”

This also happened Monday:

For what it’s worth: As the News Blender reported on Monday, court filings filed late Friday revealed that the Office of Refugees and Resettlement believes that reuniting children separated from parents at the border, may not be, “within the realm of the possible.”

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