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Another of those great GOP achievements?

Another of those great GOP achievements?

by digby



I wonder if the anonymous op-ed writer would like to put this one on the list of all those great things the silent patriotic bureaucrats of the Trump administration have accomplished even though the president himself is a cretinous moron?

The Trump administration has consistently sought to exaggerate the potential security threat posed by refugees and dismissed an intelligence assessment last year that showed refugees did not present a significant threat to the U.S., three former senior officials told NBC News.

Hard-liners in the administration then issued their own report this year that several former officials and rights groups say misstates the evidence and inflates the threat posed by people born outside the U.S.

At a meeting in September 2017 with senior officials discussing refugee admissions, a representative from the National Counterterrorism Center came ready to present a report that analyzed the possible risks presented by refugees entering the country.

But before he could discuss the report, Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand dismissed the report, saying her boss, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, would not be guided by its findings.

"We read that. The attorney general doesn't agree with the conclusions of that report," she said, according to two officials familiar with the meeting, including one who was in the room at the time.

Brand's blunt veto of the intelligence assessment shocked career civil servants at the interagency meeting, which seemed to expose a bid to supplant facts and expertise with an ideological agenda. Her response also amounted to a rejection of her own department's view, as the FBI, part of the Justice Department, had contributed to the assessment.


If that isn't the view of the resistence insiders, they once again failed to stop Trump and his extremist enablers.