Kirstjen ‘Separate Families’ Nielsen Exposed As Latest WH Perjurer

Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen may have had the unenviable position of having to try to defend the White House’s family separation policy to the press and public, but that doesn’t mean she’s worthy of any sympathy. As a newly released memo shows, Nielsen was pivotal in choosing to pursue this course of action in the first place. Oh, and then she lied to Congress about it.

Sign the petition: Ask the Senate Judiciary Committee to investigate Nielsen’s apparent lie. 

You may recall that in May, Nielsen testified at a U.S. Senate hearing: “We do not have a policy to separate children from their parents.” A month later when the outrage had not subsided, she tweeted a similar reassurance to the American people.

Alas, a memo that Nielsen signed off on that has now gone public thanks to a Freedom of Information Act request. The memo reviewed multiple options that the administration was mulling over in order to enforce its planned “zero tolerance” stance, one of which was the idea to separate and prosecute the adults of families that came to the border.

This particular option came recommended by the top Homeland Security staffers as “the most effective method” and requested Nielsen’s guidance and approval to make it a reality. The box next to this particular option is selected as the preferred approach.

A lot of the document has redactions, including the signature of who exactly approved the family separation portion. Given that the memo was specifically seeking Nielsen’s approval, it only makes sense that it is her name that the government has obscured. That’s particularly outrageous because a redaction is meant to conceal highly sensitive information, not protect Nielsen from taking the fall.

“The Secretary of Homeland Security is a high-level public official; using privacy exemptions to hide her role in major policy decisions is unacceptable,” said the Project on Government Oversight and Open the Government, two watchdog groups who collaborated to obtain the memo through FOIA. They are now requesting a new version with fewer unnecessary redactions.

Regardless of the blocked signature, the memo’s existence is enough to confirm that, YES, the Trump administration did intentionally devise a system of separating families at the border as a matter of strategy and, YES, Nielsen was aware of it before assuring the Senate and the American people to the contrary.

For a policy that Nielsen claimed never existed, it’s still having some depressing effects. As Slate explains, over 2,500 migrant children were separated from their parents “unlawfully” until the courts intervened, and currently roughly 200 children “eligible” for reunification are waiting for that to happen.

This isn’t the first time Nielsen stands accused of perjury. Earlier this year, after multiple people confirmed in a closed room meeting that Donald Trump had callously referred to certain poor countries as “shitholes,” Nielsen told the Senate under oath that she didn’t hear Trump use that word. Subsequently, Senator Cory Booker accused her of committing perjury in an effort to defend her boss.

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With Republicans in control of the Senate, it may be farfetched that they’ll hold the GOP White House responsible for this seeming example of perjury given everything else that’s been overlooked. Nevertheless, having a top official lie under oath shouldn’t be taken lightly. Sign this petition asking Senator Chuck Grassley, head of the Senate Judiciary Committee to look into this matter.

48 comments

Dave f
Past Member 5 months ago

Signed .

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KS G
KS Goh6 months ago

Thanks for the article

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Karen Martinez
Karen Martinez6 months ago

Gotta love the picture of Nielsen being sworn in to something with her hand on the Bible. What a mockery. But then, her boss doesn't hold much stock in Christian values, so why should she? Our country is going to H E double hockey sticks fast, and what is scary is that the "God fearing Christians"(who act nothing like Christ) are leading the way. Makes those of us who attempt to live the scripture look bad.

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Leo C
Leo C6 months ago

Thank you for sharing!

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Barbara S
Past Member 6 months ago

Signed. Thank you.

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hELEN hEARFIELD
hELEN h6 months ago

tyfs

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Lesa D
Past Member 6 months ago

another example of 'all the best people'...

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Lesa D
Past Member 6 months ago

#11660 petition signed...

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Lesa D
Past Member 6 months ago

thank you Kevin...

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Justin M
Justin M6 months ago

Thanks

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