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Monique Schmucker's MyC-SPAN

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    Homeland Security Threats

    Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, FBI Director James Comey and National Counterrorism Center Director Nicholas Rasmussen testified at a hearing on threats with which their agencies are concerned. Issues addressed included ongoing efforts to track and counter ISIS,* cybersecurity, preventing and countering violent extremism, border security, the investigation into former Secretary of State’s Hillary Clinton email servers, resettlement of Syrian refugees, and improving data collection related to the use of deadly force by law enforcement across the country.

    * The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), or DAISH/DAESH in Arabic is a militant group that has called itself the Islamic State.

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    Cyber Command Fiscal Year 2018 Budget

    Admiral Michael Rogers testified at a hearing on President' Trump’s 2018 Cyber Command budget request.

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    Russia and the 2016 Elections

    John Brennan, the former CIA director, appeared before the House Intelligence Committee as part of its ongoing investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. He testified that the Trump campaign did have contact with Russia and that he told Russian intelligence in 2016 to end their attempts to influence the U.S. election.

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    Local Law Enforcement and Terrorist Attacks

    Local law enforcement officials from around the country appeared before the House Homeland Security Committee to talk about their counterterrorism efforts. Witnesses, who included New York City Police Department deputy commissioner for Intelligence and Counterterrorism and the sheriff of Orange County, Florida, described their forces' recent experiences with terrorist acts. They talked about lessons learned, state and federal cooperation, intelligence information sharing, and the necessary preparations for potential future terror-related emergency events.

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    Presidential Campaign Ads

    Three presidential campaign ads were shown.

    The Clinton campaign ad, “What He Believes,” released November 1, 2016, featured recordings of Donald Trump talking about women.

    The pro-Trump campaign ad, “Doctors Like Us,” released October 18, 2016, by Great America PAC, featured five physicians who were endorsing Donald Trump because of his stance on the Affordable Care Act.

    The anti-Clinton campaign ad, “Can’t Tell the Truth,” released October 31, 2016, by Great America PAC, featured the Clinton Foundation’s 2014 IRS filings showing how the Foundation spent its money.

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    Hillary Clinton Email Investigation, Part 1

    FBI Director James Comey testified at a hearing on the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of private email servers, as well as the decision to not recommend criminal charges against her. Director Comey defended the FBI’s decision not to recommend filing criminal charges and responded to questions from Republicans on Hillary Clinton’s honesty.

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    FBI Oversight

    FBI Director James Comey testified at a House Judiciary Committee oversight hearing of his agency. Topics included encryption technology and the challenges it poses for law enforcement. He also talked about the FBI’s use of surveillance airplanes, cybersecurity, and the screening of refugees from Syria.

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    Global Terrorist Threats

    Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) director James Comey, and National Counterterrorism Center Director Matthew Olsen testified at a House Homeland Security Committee hearing on terrorist threats. They testified that they had no information ISIL was plotting attacks in the U.S. but said they were concerned with homegrown terrorists radicalized through the Internet to carry out violent attacks. They noted how adept ISIL was with using the Internet and social media as a recruiting tool. Secretary Johnson talked about the need for the U.S. to counter ISIL’s strong propaganda machine. They also said that there was no specific intelligence that ISIL was trying to come into the U.S. through the Mexican border. Topics included student visas.

    *The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), an extremist Sunni militant group that has called itself the Islamic State.

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    Republican Representatives During Benghazi Hearing Break

    Members of the House Benghazi Committee, Representatives Peter Roskam (R-IL), Martha Roby (R-AL), and Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA), spoke to reporters during a break in former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s testimony before the committee.

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    Hillary Clinton Testimony at House Select Committee on Benghazi, Part 4

    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testified before the House Select Committee on Benghazi. The committee was formed to investigate the events surrounding the September 11, 2012, terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, in which Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three others died.

    Many Republican committee members' questions were about the former secretary’s role in the attacks, her decision making, Ambassador Stevens' requests for more security, and Clinton family friend and associate Sidney Blumenthal. Democratic members focused on what they called the partisan nature of the committee’s investigation.

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