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Senate confirms Kristen Clarke to DOJ despite controversy, One Republican votes in her favor

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The Senate confirmed Biden nominee Kristen Clarke Tuesday, making her the Department of Justice’s first Black woman to serve as assistant attorney general for civil rights. This comes after she walked back some of her online attacks of Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh two weeks ago.

Sen. Susan Collins was the only republican to vote in favor of her confirmation.

Before then-Judge Kavanaugh was nominated, Clarke railed against his nomination, saying he would be “dangerous” on the court. Then, called Murkowski “disgraceful” and claimed Manchin’s references to Martin Luther King Jr. were “hollow words” online. Immediately after a news article pointed out her tweets, she set her Twitter account to private.

But now, she’s taken it all back and pledged to do better. “I have used my platform as the leader of a national civil rights organization to bring attention to legal and policy issues that I deem important to achieving equal justice for all,” Clarke said during her hearing. “In retrospect, I regret the tone I occasionally took. I welcome the opportunity, as President Biden and Judge Garland have emphasized, to turn down the volume and lower the temperature.”

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‘Coordinated effort’ to hide Hunter Biden information: Treasury denies request for reports

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The United States Treasury Department has denied Republicans’ request for reports and documents which deal with the President’s son, Hunter Biden. In a bizarre response, Treasury legislative affairs chief Jonathan Davidson sent a letter to the House Oversight and Accountability Chairman James Comer saying they need more detail as to why the panel its seeking such “highly sensitive information.”

Apparently suspicious activity surrounding the President of the United States’ son doing business deals, foreign banking and transactions with overseas entities including China and Ukraine is not obvious enough.

Davidson’s letter did not acknowledge whether such reports on the Bidens exist, but instructed Comer that “improper disclosure” of such information can undermine the executive branch’s “conduct of law enforcement, intelligence, and national security activities.”

Comer responded that “this coordinated effort by the Biden Administration to hide information about President Biden and his family’s shady business schemes is alarming and raises many questions.”

Comer added the panel will continue to request the reports and will use “the power of the gavel to get them if needed.”

Bloomberg News reports:

Comer and other Republicans already said they have evidence that finances, credit cards, and bank accounts of Hunter and Joe Biden were commingled if not shared.

And in an interim report released in November, Republicans surmised that the Treasury Department has at least 150 SARs related to financial transactions of Biden family members.

Nonetheless, in his letter to Yellen, Comer explained, “The Committee is investigating President Biden’s knowledge of and role in these schemes to assess whether he has compromised our national security at the expense of the American people.”

Comer added the committee also “will examine drafting legislation to strengthen federal ethics laws regarding employees and their families.”

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