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Tue Apr 16, 2019, 09:26 PM

House Judiciary requests information on reported pardon offer for CBP head

Source: CNN

House Judiciary requests information on reported pardon offer for CBP head

By Priscilla Alvarez, CNN
Updated 1729 GMT (0129 HKT) April 16, 2019

Washington (CNN) The House Judiciary Committee is requesting information about reports that President Donald Trump told Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan he would grant a pardon if McAleenan was sent to jail for having border agents block asylum seekers from entering the US.

"These allegations, if true, would represent a grave breach of the duties of the President," the letter, directed to now Acting Homeland Security Secretary McAleenan, reads.

The request comes on the heels of a letter from three House committee chairmen Monday requesting documents related to Trump's proposal to release immigrants into so-called sanctuary cities.

Over recent weeks, the President has continued to criticize the nation's immigration laws, suggested a border closure and tariffs against auto imports and forced the resignation of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.

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Read more: https://edition.cnn.com/2019/04/16/politics/house-judiciary-pardon-ask/index.html

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