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FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, file photo, acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf is sworn in before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committee during his confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. A federal judge on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, halted major fee increases for citizenship and other immigration benefits three days before they were to take effect, saying the last two chiefs of the Homeland Security Department, including Wolf, were likely appointed illegally. (Shawn Thew/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Judge blocks big fee hikes for citizenship, other benefits

Sep. 30, 2020 12:51 AM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday halted major fee increases for citizenship and other immigration benefits three days before they were to take effect, saying the last two chiefs of the Homeland Security Department were likely appointed illegally. U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White found Kevin...

FILE - In this March 3, 2020, file photo House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., talks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. Schiff said Tuesday, Sept. 29, that he will subpoena the Department of Homeland Security after a department whistleblower wasn’t allowed access to documents and clearance he needs to testify. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

House Intelligence panel to subpoena DHS over whistleblower

Sep. 29, 2020 5:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said Tuesday he will subpoena the Department of Homeland Security after a department whistleblower wasn’t allowed access to documents and clearance he needs to testify. Brian Murphy said in a whistleblower complaint earlier this...

This Sept. 9, 2020, photo provided by Elizabeth Neumann shows Neumann at her home in Chantilly, Va. With just weeks left before the Nov. 3 election, it's decision time for a number of current and former Trump administration officials who are debating whether to speak out against President Donald Trump. (Elizabeth Neumann via AP)

It's 'now or never' for ex-Trump aides weighing speaking out

Sep. 26, 2020 12:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Elizabeth Neumann wrestled with the decision for weeks. She worried about the backlash, the impact it would have on her career, potential threats to her family. But the former Department of Homeland Security official, who had resigned in April, reached a breaking point after President...

President Donald Trump speaks to members of the press on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, before boarding Marine One for a short trip to Andrews Air Force Base, Md. Trump is traveling to North Carolina and Florida. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Despite Trump attacks, both parties vow orderly election

Sep. 24, 2020 9:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses drew swift blowback Thursday from both parties in Congress, and lawmakers turned to unprecedented steps to ensure he can't ignore the vote of the people. Amid the uproar, Trump said anew he's not sure...

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., speaks during the committee's business meeting where it will consider new subpoenas in the

GOP Senate report on Biden son alleges conflict of interest

Sep. 23, 2020 9:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two Republican-led Senate committees issued a politically charged report Wednesday alleging that the work Joe Biden’s son did in Ukraine constituted a conflict of interest for the Obama administration at a time when Biden was engaged in Ukraine policy as vice president. But the...

Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf testifies before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committee during his confirmation hearing, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020 on Captiol Hill in Washington. (Shawn Thew/Pool via AP)

Trump Homeland Security pick denies intelligence meddling

Sep. 23, 2020 3:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Department of Homeland Security denied allegations Wednesday that he molded intelligence reports to suit the administration, telling a Senate committee that a recent whistleblower's report is “patently false.” Acting...

FILE - In this June 28, 2019, file photo the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) seal is seen during a news conference in Washington. An official at the Department of Homeland Security says he was pressured by agency leaders to suppress details in his intelligence reports that President Donald Trump might find objectionable, including intelligence on Russian interference in the election and the threat posed by white supremacists. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Schiff delays deposition of Homeland Security whistleblower

Sep. 20, 2020 3:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee says the committee is scheduled to depose a Department of Homeland Security whistleblower on Friday, pushing the closed-door testimony back four days due to a dispute with the Trump administration over his appearance. A subpoena may be...

Homeland Security whistleblower not yet ready to testify

Sep. 18, 2020 9:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A whistleblower from the Department of Homeland Security who says he was pressured to suppress facts in intelligence reports says he won’t be able to testify before a House panel until the department gives him more access to “relevant information,” according to his...

Vice President Mike Pence, right, accompanied by Seema Verma, Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, center, answers a reporters question about his former homeland security advisor Olivia Troye, who criticized President Donald Trump's handling of the pandemic, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, during a meeting on safety and quality for nursing homes in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Ex-Pence adviser says Trump bungled virus; she's for Biden

Sep. 17, 2020 11:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former adviser to Vice President Mike Pence who served on the White House coronavirus task force says President Donald Trump once suggested that COVID-19 might be a good thing because it would stop him from having to shake hands with “disgusting people." Olivia Troye is the...

Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Christopher Wray testifies before a House Committee on Homeland Security hearing on 'worldwide threats to the homeland', Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020 on Capitol Hill Washington. (Chip Somodevilla/Pool via AP)

FBI director says antifa is an ideology, not an organization

Sep. 17, 2020 10:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — FBI Director Chris Wray told lawmakers Thursday that antifa is an ideology, not an organization, delivering testimony that puts him at odds with President Donald Trump, who has said he would designate it a terror group. Hours after the hearing, Trump took to Twitter to chastise his FBI...