Dems probe re­port of Trump par­don of­fer

The Buffalo News - - WASHINGTON NEWS -

WASH­ING­TON – House Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee lead­ers asked act­ing Home­land Se­cu­rity Sec­re­tary Kevin McAleenan to pro­vide in­for­ma­tion about Pres­i­dent Trump’s re­ported of­fer of a par­don in case McAleenan faced crim­i­nal li­a­bil­ity for fol­low­ing or­ders to close the bor­der with Mex­ico.

Chair­man Jer­rold Nadler and other com­mit­tee Democrats asked McAleenan in a let­ter Tues­day to iden­tify DHS em­ploy­ees who may have heard, or were told about, such a con­ver­sa­tion. He also was asked to iden­tify of­fi­cials who may have heard Trump di­rect them to deny asy­lum-seek­ers en­try to the U.S.

The New York Times re­ported on April 12 that Trump made such state­ments dur­ing an April 5 trip to the bor­der with McAleenan. The Times said one uniden­ti­fied per­son said the pres­i­dent may have meant the par­don of­fer as a joke, but that of­fi­cials still were con­cerned about it.

A DHS spokesman said last week that Trump never asked or pres­sured McAleenan to do any­thing il­le­gal.

– Bloomberg News

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