Dems call for investigation into DOJ's role in family separation policy

Dems call for investigation into DOJ's role in family separation policy
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Senate Democrats are calling on Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General Michael Horowitz to investigate the agency’s role in separating families at the southern border.

Senate Democratic Whip Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinProspects for Trump gun deal grow dimmer Senators struggle to get spending bills off ground as shutdown looms Trump defends push to ban flavored e-cigarettes: Let's 'keep young children from Vaping!' MORE (D-Ill.) led the letter, signed by 30 of his colleagues, including independent Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders supporters cry foul over Working Families endorsement of Warren California poll: Biden, Sanders lead Democratic field; Harris takes fifth Kamala Harris calls for new investigation into Kavanaugh allegations MORE (Vt.) and Angus KingAngus Stanley KingOvernight Defense: Dems grill Trump Army, Air Force picks | House chair subpoenas Trump Afghanistan negotiator | Trump officials release military aid to Ukraine Democrats grill Army, Air Force nominees on military funding for border wall Bipartisan panel to issue recommendations for defending US against cyberattacks early next year MORE (Maine), and sent to Horowitz on Thursday.

“The Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General and the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General are conducting reviews of the zero-tolerance policy, and the Department of Justice should also face scrutiny for its integral role in initiating and executing the zero-tolerance policy,” the letter says.

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“Therefore we urge you to immediately launch an investigation of the Department’s role in this humanitarian crisis.”

The senators expressed concern about Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsDemocrats headed for a subpoena showdown with White House House Democrats seeking Sessions's testimony in impeachment probe McCabe's counsel presses US attorney on whether grand jury decided not to indict MORE' call for U.S. Attorney’s offices to immediately adopt the policy and request additional resources if needed.

“The American people deserve an accounting of these resources and an examination of the public-safety and budgetary impact of the zero-tolerance policy,” they said. “For example, resources were reportedly diverted from federal drug-smuggling cases to handle immigration charges under the zero-tolerance policy.”

The letter comes the day of a court-ordered deadline for the administration to reunite all eligible families. A federal district court judge said earlier this week that the administration is on track to meet the deadline.