Watch Live: Congress holds first hearing into security failures during Capitol attack
It was an attack on our republic itself," Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar, the Rules Committee chairwoman, said to open the hearing. How to watch the Senate hearing today on the Capitol attackWhat: The Senate Rules Committee and Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hold a hearing on security failures during the January 6 attack on the CapitolThe Senate Rules Committee and Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hold a hearing on security failures during the January 6 attack on the Capitol Date: Tuesday, February 23, 2021Tuesday, February 23, 2021 Time: 10 a.m. Sund and Irving differed in their accounts of when Sund first requested National Guard reinforcements to support the police as the riot unfolded. "Certain media reports have stated that 'optics' determined my judgment about using those National Guard troops," said Irving. Lawmakers zeroed in on the byzantine process for requesting the assistance of the D.C. National Guard, which is controlled by the Pentagon, not the mayor of the District of Columbia.cbsnews.com
Former cybersecurity chief says 2020 was most secure election in U.S. history
Former cybersecurity chief says 2020 was most secure election in U.S. history Christopher Krebs, who was the country's top cybersecurity official during the presidential election, testified before the Senate's Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. CBS News technology reporter Dan Patterson joins CBSN to discuss why election officials were prepared to provide analog records to verify vote counts and disprove bogus claims about voting machine fraud.cbsnews.com
FBI won't 'sidestep' sexual misconduct claims, director says
FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2020 file photo, FBI Director Christopher Wray, testifies during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on "Threats to the Homeland" on Capitol Hill in Washington. Wray is seeking to reassure agents that the bureau won't tolerate sexual misconduct in the workplace, promising more resources for victims and full investigations into claims brought against FBI officials regardless of rank or title. Wray sent a lengthy statement to staff late last week following an Associated Press investigation that found multiple senior FBI officials were accused of sexual misconduct over the past five years. The AP found that the FBI officials it identified were not disciplined and several were quietly transferred or retired, keeping their full pensions and benefits even when probes substantiated the sexual misconduct accusations against them. “No one deserves unwelcome sexual misconduct or sexual harassment, and no one should suffer in silence or feel like they need to tolerate inappropriate or illegal behavior.”
'It's time to come home' — acting Pentagon chief wants to end America's wars in the Middle East
WASHINGTON — In his first message to U.S. military forces, acting Pentagon chief Chris Miller said he was "weary of war" and that it was time to end America's conflicts in the Middle East. On Monday, Miller ascended to the Pentagon's acting Secretary of Defense role after President Donald Trump's sudden termination of Secretary of Defense Mark Esper. "We are not a people of perpetual war — it is the antithesis of everything for which we stand for which our ancestors fought. All wars must end," he added, writing that the U.S. was "on the verge of defeating Al Qaida and its associates." Now, it's time to come home," Miller wrote.cnbc.com
Trump loyalists get top Pentagon jobs after Esper firing
(Tom Williams/Pool via AP, File)WASHINGTON – A day after President Donald Trump fired Defense Secretary Mark Esper, three staunch loyalists to the president were named to top defense jobs. Patel and Cohen-Watnick are both considered staunchly loyal to Trump and previously worked at the National Security Council. He also is a former prosecutor in the national security division of the Department of Justice and former staff member on the House Intelligence Committee. Cohen-Watnick was a protégé of Trump’s initial national security adviser, Michael Flynn, but was replaced in the summer of 2017 by Flynn’s successor, H.R. McMaster, as part of a string of shakeups at the White House and National Security Council.
Ron Johnson is the third Republican senator to test positive for coronavirus in two days
Senator Ron Johnson, a Republican from Wisconsin, speaks during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. Toni Sandys | Bloomberg | Getty ImagesRon Johnson of Wisconsin is the third Republican senator to test positive for Covid-19 after President Donald Trump announced early Friday that he and the first lady had a positive diagnosis. Both are members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is the panel that will hold hearings on her nomination. It is unclear where Johnson contracted the virus, but he was exposed earlier this week to someone who has since tested positive for the virus, according to his office. "If It's too dangerous to have the Senate in session it is also too dangerous for committee hearings to continue."cnbc.com
Peters calls for urgent Senate hearing on Postal Service changes and delivery delays
DETROIT On Sunday, US Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI), ranking member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, called for an urgent hearing on Aug. 21. The hearing is to address recent changes Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has directed that have left Americans in Michigan and across the country struggling with delayed mail deliveries. Postal Service, to swiftly convene a hearing and call DeJoy and Robert Duncan, Chairman of the Postal Service Board of Governors, to give sworn testimony about recent directives and their effects on postal customers across the country. It is imperative that Mr. DeJoy publicly and comprehensively testify about changes and planned changes taking place at the U.S. Postal Service, since the Postal Service is a public institution that both serves and belongs to every person in our nation.
GOP senator subpoenas FBI over Russia, defends Biden probe
Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., speaks during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing to examine Department of Homeland Security personnel deployments to recent protests on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Washington. (Toni Sandys/The Washington Post via AP, Pool)
GOP senator subpoenas FBI over Russia, defends Biden probe
Johnson's Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee is one of multiple Republican-led Senate panels scrutinizing the FBI's investigation into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia. As always, the FBI will continue to cooperate with the Committees requests, consistent with our law enforcement and national security obligations," the statement said. In a separate statement on Sunday, the FBI said that it was continuing to cooperate with the Judiciary Committee's investigation. Hunter Biden has denied using his influence with his father to aid Burisma, and Biden has denied speaking with his son about his overseas business dealings. Biden was representing the official position of the U.S. government, a position that was also supported by other Western governments.
Michigan US Sen. Peters launches investigation into Postal Service delays
Senator Gary Peters is launching an investigation into reported delays at the U.S. Postal Service as mail-in voting use spikes during the coronavirus pandemic. Mail-in voting is expected to surge in November as voters take precautions against the COVID-19 pandemic. In Michigan, mail-in voting shattered all previous records in the 2020 August Primary Election. Related: Wealthy donors pour millions into fight over mail-in voting
Michigan lawmaker begins investigation into US Postal Service due to mail delays
DETROIT Has your mail been delayed or is it not even arriving at your home? With many residents frustrated, an investigation has been launched into the delays and problems in the U.S. ORIGINAL STORY: Michigan US Sen. Peters launches investigation into Postal Service delaysThe delays have Sen. Gary Peters so concerned, he launched a full investigation. Back in the 2016, the Michigan numbers came in late and the number of absentee voters at the time werent overwhelming. Related: Mail could be delayed as new postal boss pushes cost-cuttingPeters is asking for individuals, business and organizations who have been affected by mail delays to report the problems to the committee here.