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The Trump administration may have separated hundreds of parents from their children without consent, a new DHS report finds
  • At least 348 parents were separated from their children without any evidence they consented.
  • That finding stems from an investigation by the Department of Homeland Security's Inspector General.
  • The Trump administration broke apart some families despite pleas from parents, the report found.
The Trump administration broke apart some migrant families despite explicit pleas from parents that their children be deported along with them, according to a newly published report from the Department of Homeland Security's Inspector General.

As Insider has reported, hundreds of children remain separated from their parents, thanks to the previous administration's policy of refusing to allow migrant adults to pursue their cases for asylum alongside their kids. Some parents, given no other choice, elected to leave their children behind to pursue their cases while they were sent back, via US Customs and Immigration Enforcement, to countries such as Guatemala and Honduras.

But according to the report from the DHS's Inspector General, some of those parents may not have agreed to that at all. "In fact, ICE removed some parents without their children despite having evidence the parents wanted to bring the children back to their home country," the report stated.

At least 348 parents were separated from their kids without the Trump administration documenting whether or not they agreed.

The American Civil Liberties Union, which sued over the family separation policy, said the new report bolsters its own findings.

"The report is consistent with the horrifying facts we discovered in the litigation: that parents were deported without the opportunity to bring their children with them,"ACLU staff attorney Lee Gelernt told Insider. "Throughout the litigation, we learned that some parents were even told their child would join them on the plane only to have the plane take off without the child."

According to another recent report by the Department of Justice's Inspector General, the former president and his top aides "aggressively" pushed for that policy of family separation to discourage people from seeking asylum, a legally protected right.

President Joe Biden has vowed to reunite those who were affected by the policy of breaking up families. A DHS spokesperson on Monday told NBC News the latest revelations "are a tragic reminder of how parents and children were cruelly separated by the prior administration."
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Trump's former White House counsel Don McGahn is set to testify on the former president's attempts to intervene in the Russia investigation
  • Former White House counsel Don McGahn will testify before the House Judiciary Committee next week.
  • McGahn's testimony will touch on whether Trump obstructed justice during the Mueller investigation on Russian interference in the 2016 election.
  • His testimony comes two years after he ignored an initial subpoena to testify on Trump.
According to the New York Times, his testimony will take place in a closed-door session next week. It is likely to touch on Trump's attempts to intervene in the Mueller investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and will examine the extent of the former president's interference.

The Times wrote that McGahn's testimony was delayed while lawyers for House Democrats, the DOJ, and McGahn waited to see how the Trump camp would react. This is because McGahn's deal to testify hinged upon there being no active legal challenge to his participation.

According to The Times, Trump had initially said he would intervene, but a lawyer for the former president announced last week that he would not be challenging McGahn on testifying.

According to court filings, the testimony will be limited to "publicly available portions of the Mueller Report" and whether those portions "accurately reflected Mr. McGahn's statements to the Special Counsel's Office, and whether those statements were truthful."

McGahn was a key witness in the Mueller investigation. Insider reported that his name appears more than 160 times in the special counsel's final 448-page report.

CNN wrote that the testimony is happening at long last after a two-year fight to get McGahn in front of the House Judiciary Committee to find out whether Trump obstructed justice during the Mueller investigation.

In 2019, McGahn managed to dodge a subpoena from the Judiciary panel. At the time, the Trump administration's Department of Justice fought that subpoena, and then-president Trump directed McGahn to not show up at his hearing.
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Trump's Scottish golf courses face potential 'unexplained wealth order' as legal challenge seeks investigation into their all-cash funding
  • A new legal challenge is seeking an investigation into Donald Trump's all-cash purchase of two Scottish golf courses.
  • Human rights group Avaaz wants the Scottish government to reverse their earlier decision not to investigate their funding.
  • Lawmakers have questioned how the courses were funded solely in cash, given the former president's debts.
  • If successful, the challenge could force the government to seek an "unexplained wealth order" into the courses, with the power to potentially seize them from Trump.
The Scottish Green Party first introduced calls for a so-called Unexplained Wealth Order [UWO] back in February, amid questions about how Trump managed to finance their purchase.

UWOs were brought in by the UK government in 2018 to allow investigations of money laundering and other criminal financial activity.

They can in the most extreme circumstances result in the confiscation of illegally acquired UK assets, although such an outcome is rare.

Patrick Harvie, the Greens co-leader, said the unusual pattern of spending, as well as ongoing civil and criminal probes into Trump's financial conduct in the United States, provided grounds for an investigation.

"The purchase of Menzie and the Turnberry golf resort were part of Trump's huge cash spending spree in the midst of a global financial crisis," Harvie told Scottish Parliament in February.

Questions have been growing about how Trump managed to purchase the courses solely in cash.

Trump spent a large part of his career acquiring real estate using borrowed money and described himself in interviews as the "king of debt."

But he acquired his two Scottish golf resorts — at Turnberry near Glasgow and Menie in Aberdeenshire — using only cash, and has spent at least $300 million developing them.

Trump's golf courses lose millions of dollars every year, raising further questions about their funding.
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A petition to expel Marjorie Taylor Greene from the House has been signed by over 60,000 people after she compared mask mandates to the Holocaust
  • A petition calling for the expulsion of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene has collected more than 60,000 signatures.
  • The petition calls for Taylor Greene to be "immediately expelled from Congress."
  • It follows her comments comparing mask mandates to the Holocaust.
The petition was created on on Sunday, and called on House Minority Speaker Kevin McCarthy to be "immediately expelled from Congress."

Greene, a vocal supporter of former President Donald Trump, on Saturday defended her Holocaust comments, which came in an interview with the far-right network Real America's Voice.

Greene in that interview called House Speaker Nancy Pelosi "mentally ill" and said: "You know, we can look back in a time in history where people were told to wear a gold star and they were definitely treated like second-class citizens, so much so that they were put in trains and taken to gas chambers in Nazi Germany."

"And this is exactly the type of abuse that Nancy Pelosi is talking about."

The petition was created by David Weissman, a former army veteran and ex-Trump supporter who has since become a supporter of Democrats.

It called on Kevin McCarthy, the Republican House leader, to remove Greene from Congress and said: "Her recent comments comparing Covid-19 CDC guidelines to the Holocaust are deeply offensive and are just one of the many different ways she's violated her oath as a member of Congress."
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Marjorie Taylor Greene doubles down on vaccine-Holocaust comparison, claims grocery store's 'vaccination logos' are 'just like' how 'Nazi's forced Jewish people to wear a gold star'
  • Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene on Tuesday made another vaccine-Holocaust comparison.
  • She made the analogy based on a local news report about a grocery store.
  • Greene attempted to clarify she only meant "discrimination against Jews in early Nazi years."
Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia once again compared COVID-19 public health measures to the systematic discrimination and killing of Jews in the Holocaust.

In a tweet early Tuesday morning, Greene linked to a local news report about a grocery store allowing vaccinated customers to shop mask-free if they show proof of vaccination. Part of the report involved employees being able to go mask free if they wore a "vaccination logo displayed on their name badge," according to WVLT 8, a CBS affiliate in Tennessee.

"Vaccinated employees get a vaccination logo just like the Nazi's forced Jewish people to wear a gold star," Greene tweeted. "Vaccine passports & mask mandates create discrimination against unvaxxed people who trust their immune systems to a virus that is 99% survivable."

The "gold star" Greene was referring to, more commonly referred to by historians as a yellow star, were used as identification that Jews were forced to wear by the Nazi regime across occupied territories in Europe during the Holocaust.

Greene subsequently lashed out at critics, claiming she was referring to "only the discrimination against Jews in early Nazi years."

Those "early" human rights violations by Nazi forces, such as the compulsory yellow stars and pogroms such as Kristallnacht, directly led to the rounding up of Jews for mass executions and forced labor in concentration camps.
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or Trump-ism

Trumpism refers to the nontraditional political philosophy and approach espoused by Donald Trump and his supporters. The term Trumpism can also be used to directly refer to an outrageous or idiosyncratic statement made by Donald Trump.

Trump, whom many observers consider an anomaly, left the White House by saying, “We will be back in some form.” His legacy is “Trumpism” – a wave of white nationalism.

Trumpisms are Bushisms on steroids.