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Sara Carter: Whistleblowers were ‘terrified’ of reporting on Biden DHS nominee while he led USCIS

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On Sunday, Sara Carter appeared on the Fox News program “The Next Revolution” with Steve Hilton, where she slammed the reputation of President-elect Joe Biden‘s nominee for secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Alejandro Mayorkas, when he used to run U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) during the Obama administration.

Mayorkas was chided by the DHS Inspector General in 2015 for his actions during his time as head of USCIS in which whistleblowers accused him of giving three wealthy Chinese nationals preferential treatment for EB5 visas.

Sen. Tom Cotton called out the potential nominee on Twitter last week stating “In 2015, Mayorkas appeared before the House Homeland Security Committee to testify that he had pushed some Chinese nationals with connections to top Democratic lawmakers through the US EB5 visa program, following an Inspector General report.”

Here’s a statement from the Inspector General’s report:

“Regardless of Mr. Mayorkas’ motives, his intervention in these matters created significant resentment in USCIS,” stated the Inspector General’s report. “This resentment was not isolated to career staff adjudicating within the EB-5 program, but extended to senior managers and attorneys responsible for the broader USCIS mission and programs.”

USCIS “has had enormous problems, going back years,” Carter said, adding that she covered the DHS for years. She then brought up whistleblowers and how they were reportedly treated during his tenure at USCIS.

“Whistleblowers have been harmed, whistleblowers that came forward to even report on Mr. Mayorkas were terrified of doing so because they were afraid of repercussions,” Carter said.

“Imagine what it’s going to be like having him head the Department of Homeland Security,” Carter continued. “Imagine what people inside the department are going to be fearing when a person like that is in charge.”

Mayorkas was nominated last week alongside a slate of other foreign policy and national security officials, with Biden this week focusing on appointing economic officials. If confirmed by the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate, he would become the first Latino and first immigrant to ever head the DHS, an agency with a critical role in U.S. immigration policy.

Mayorkas served as the director of USCIS from 2009 to 2013, when he became the Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security and served in the post until 2014. In 2016, he became a parter at a Washington, DC-based law firm called William Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr.

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House Republicans Subpoena DOJ for Records of Biden’s Interview with Special Counsel

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Special Counsel Robert Hur determined that President Joe Biden not only mishandled classified documents, but he also declined to press charges against him because his advanced age and declining memory would influence a potential jury.

“Mr. Biden will likely present himself to the jury, as he did during his interview with our office, as a sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory,” Hur wrote.

House Republicans have subpoenaed the Department of Justice (DOJ) for the interview transcripts, audio, notes and video files from Hur’s interview with Biden which transpired during the investigation.

“The Committees further seek to understand whether the White House or President Biden’s personal attorneys placed any limitations or scoping restrictions during the interviews with Special Counsel Hur or Mr. Mark Zwonitzer precluding or addressing any potential statements directly linking President Biden to troublesome foreign payments,” the lawmakers said in a subpoena cover letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland.

“Special Counsel Hur’s report outlined that classified documents Joe Biden stashed for years relate to countries where his family cashed in on the Biden brand. We owe it to the American people to provide transparency and accountability about the extent of Joe Biden retaining sensitive materials and the concerns raised about his current mental state and fitness to be President of the United States,” Comer said in a statement. Comer, Jordan and Ways and Means Committee Chairman Jason Smith (R., Mo.) are leading the impeachment inquiry.

“Special Counsel Robert Hur’s investigation into President Biden’s mishandling of classified documents made two things clear: there’s a double standard of justice in this country and Joe Biden isn’t fit for office. The transcripts and materials from his investigation are critical to our oversight work,” Jordan stated.

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