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Archive for July 5th, 2022

Homeland Security’s Mayorkas Warns of ‘Heightened Threat Environment’ Over Abortion Rights

Homeland Security Director Alejandro Mayorkas.

By Steve Neavling

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said Sunday that the U.S. is facing a “heightened threat environment” following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. 

“We are very mindful that the Supreme Court’s decision in reversing and overturning Roe v. Wade has really heightened the threat environment, and we have deployed resources to ensure the safety and security of the Supreme Court and the justices,” Mayorkas said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” 

“We do not condone violence, and law enforcement will and has responded to acts of violence when people do not honor their freedom to protest peacefully, but instead violate the laws of our country and the states within it,” he added.

The country is sharply divided on abortion rights, and the Supreme Court decision has led to nationwide protests. 

Last month, a California man was charged with attempted murder for allegedly plotting to kill Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. 

Liz Cheney: DOJ Should Prosecute Trump If Charges Are Warranted

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney

By Steve Neavling

Liz Cheney, the vice chair of the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riots, said it’s possible that the panel could make a criminal referral to the Justice Department against former President Donald Trump. 

“It’s a decision that we’ll make together as a committee,” Cheney, R-Wyo., said in an interview with ABC News’ “This Week” on Sunday. 

But, she acknowledged, it would be “difficult” to prosecute a former president in a sharply divided country. 

If charges are warranted, Cheney said, it would be a “much graver constitutional threat” to choose not to prosecute Trump. 

Cheney said the committee will decide whether to make a criminal referral. 

“The Justice Department doesn’t have to wait for the committee to make a criminal referral, and there could be more than one criminal referral,” she added.