It’s good to see former VP @JoeBiden is embracing a residual counter terrorism force in #Afghanistan as an insurance policy against the re-emergence of ISIS and al-Qaeda, both of whom still desire to attack American interests and kill Americans.
Had a great morning in downtown Camden with Amy Kinard, President of the Kershaw County Chamber.
Amy introduced me to Kathryn, who was recognized by @SBAgov as South Carolina’s 2019 Young Entrepreneur of the Year, and Monica to hear about the impact of PPP loans on their small businesses and how Washington can support Main Street as we rebuild the economy.
We also stopped by the Habitat for Humanity ReStore to discuss how their work helps South Carolinians achieve the American Dream of becoming homeowners.
I supported allowing the Mueller investigation to go forward and am incredibly disappointed the House Judiciary Committee has no interest in investigating one of the most corrupt FBI operations in its history – #CrossfireHurricane.
Crossfire Hurricane was rotten to the core and the Mueller investigation had no lawful predication.
The president has destroyed the ISIS Caliphate and taken China on in an unprecedented way.
However, we cannot let our guard down because our enemies are still out there.
If you don’t believe me, look at the intel assessments regarding Afghanistan.
As to the recent dust-up between certain House Republican elements and Liz Cheney, my view is that we should be as united as possible to take back the House.
However, I want to make it abundantly clear that while I support trying to reduce our footprint in Afghanistan, if we do not leave a residual counterterrorism force we will be paving the way for another 9/11.
Most importantly after this interview of the sub-source and the subsequent memo detailing the contents of the interview, it was a miscarriage of justice for the FBI and the Department of Justice to continue to seek a FISA warrant against Carter Page in April and June of 2017.
The dossier was a critical document to justify a FISA warrant against Mr. Page and this DOJ memo clearly indicates that the reliability of the dossier was completely destroyed after the interview with the primary sub-source in January 2017.
Earlier today I received a briefing from the White House’s National Security Advisor, Chief of Staff, and the DNI regarding the New York Times article claiming Russia offered bounties to the Taliban to kill American troops and that President Trump was briefed on these matters.
In my view, the system worked. At the tactical level, force protection was, as always, a priority and at the strategic level, the intelligence did not warrant presidential briefing or action by our country against Russia.
As to the President, the one thing that has been constant is his unwavering support to protect troops in the field.
If the Trump Administration continues to withdraw forces – in spite of intelligence reports that radical Islamic elements like ISIS and al-Qaeda are growing in Afghanistan – then the Trump Administration would be making the same mistake in Afghanistan that Obama made in Iraq.
In many ways a non-conditions based withdrawal from Afghanistan is a greater blunder than Obama’s withdrawal from Iraq against sound military advice because Afghanistan is where 9/11 originated.
Very pleased to see the Supreme Court uphold expedited removal of meritless asylum claims. This decision by the Supreme Court will substantially help shut down the magnet that our asylum laws have created for illegal immigration.
Legal immigration is a positive for the American economy, and visa programs allowing American companies to secure qualified, legal labor throughout the world have benefitted economic growth in the United States.
Those who believe legal immigration, particularly work visas, are harmful to the American worker do not understand the American economy.
Work visas for temporary and seasonal jobs covering industries like hospitality, forestry, and many economic sectors can only be issued AFTER American workers have had a chance to fill the job position.
I agree with many statements made by my Democratic and Republican colleagues that we have an historic opportunity to reform policing, to make it better and more just for all. It's time for the body to rise to the occasion, and I’m hopeful we can.
The subject of qualified immunity is often mentioned in this debate. My view is it is now time to revisit the judicial doctrine of qualified immunity, understanding that individual police officers will be immune from civil liability.
No cop should have to worry about losing their house or their life's work because of making decisions on the job. My goal is to drive police departments and systems throughout the country to adopt the best policing practices when it comes to use of force.
Five years have passed and it still feels like a bad dream, but we know it actually happened. The senseless murder of nine parishioners at Mother Emanuel hit South Carolina like a ton of bricks.
It remains hard to understand how anyone could have so much hate in their heart. To be welcomed into a church, worship with the parishioners, and then turn around and shoot them in cold blood remains one of the most horrific acts ever recorded.
Then just days after this horrible tragedy, the people at Mother Emanuel showed a level of love and forgiveness that was truly unimaginable. It was an act that is rarely seen. I personally cannot imagine turning to the person who killed my family members saying I forgive you.
Some fast facts about the 2020 SC GOP Primary from #TeamGraham: Yesterday's turnout of 464,329 was the highest ever for a non-presidential primary in South Carolina. This shows massive excitement and engagement by Republicans. (1/5)
Senator Graham’s support among Republicans has never been higher... 68% of the vote is the largest percentage Lindsey Graham has ever received in any Republican Primary for Senate or House of Representatives. (2/5)
Senator Graham received nearly as many votes yesterday as the entire Republican field received in 2014 (313,956 yesterday compared to 316,989 in 2014). (3/5)