The Civil Rights Commission Due to ‘Grave Concerns’ Begins 2 Year Investigation of Trump’s WH’s Civil Rights Enforcement
On Friday, Donald Trump conceded he’s under investigation by the Special Counsel. But that wasn’t the only announced investigation on Friday.
US Commission on Civil Rights will investigate the Trump admin due to "grave concerns" over civil rights enforcement https://t.co/4a6M4XMHDO
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) June 17, 2017
President Trump is under many microscopes right now.
“Not only did he allude through a tweet on Friday that he is the subject of an internal investigation by special counsel, but on the same day, an independent federal agency commissioned under Congress also said “grave concerns” were prompting an investigation into federal civil rights enforcement within his administration.”
“The United States Commission on Civil Rights, a bipartisan agency charged with advising the president and Congress on civil rights matters, unanimously approved a comprehensive two-year probe into the “degree to which current budgets and staffing levels allow civil rights offices to perform” their functions within the administration, said the agency in a statement.”
“The federal watchdog group became concerned about the Trump administration after several agencies announced budget and personnel cuts in departments that oversee civil rights. The “proposed cuts would result in a dangerous reduction of civil rights enforcement across the country, leaving communities of color, LGBT people, older people, people with disabilities, and other marginalized groups exposed to greater risk of discrimination,” said the statement.
“The commission, created under the Civil Rights Act and funded by Congress, expressed specific worry in seven agencies under the president, including the Department of Education and the Department of Justice.”
Aha. So Jeff Sessions is also under another investigation-not personally but his agency is. Betsy DeVos’ conduct is of special interest and generated much of the concern:
The “repeated refusal” of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to commit to enforcing federal civil rights during Congressional testimony coupled with deep budget cuts within the agency’s Office of Civil Rights is “particularly troubling,” the agency added in the statement.
“DeVos was asked during a Senate subcommittee hearing earlier this month whether discrimination against LGBTQ students in private school would be allowed.”
“While she did say “schools that receive federal funds must follow federal law,” she did not commit to banning discrimination, saying that area of law is “unsettled.”
“The Department of Education did not return a request for comment by NBC News.”
Remember when a crowd tried to bar DeVos from entering the building? Too bad she finally got in.
But Sessions’ agency is also of special concern:
The commission also wants to look into the Department of Justice, which it says has completely changed its priorities.
“Actions by the Department indicate it is minimizing its civil rights efforts,” the statement said. “For example, a majority of the Commission criticized DOJ’s decision to site Immigrations and Customs Enforcement officers in courthouses as a dangerous impediment to access to justice for all Americans,” the statement said.
“The investigation will also look into the departments of Labor, Housing and Urban Development, Health and Human Services, Environmental Protection Agency and the Legal Services Corporation — which are all expected to slash budget and personnel that monitor civil rights.”
“While the commission does not have the ability to enforce the findings of its investigation, it will present the final report to Congress at the end of 2019. After that, it’s up to legislators to act.”
So we have the DOJ’s Inspector General report on the FBI’s email probe out at the end of 2017 and the Cvil Rights Commission report on Trump’s civil rights enforcement failures out at the end of 2019.
My dream and hope-with the support of my fellow NYers in District 2 is to be there with a Dem House to review these reports.
Happy Fathers Day.
P.S. So the Gravis poll against Peter King NY2 and it has good news-almost too good to believe.
In my March poll I trailed King by 11 and thought that was very good news. Now Gravis has me up by 10? Still, the moment of truth is next week when Gravis writes up the press release.
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Please donate to help me in my part of the effort to fight for a Dem House-$5 or $10 can do so much.
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Thank you. We must have a Dem House. And so, we will.