Acting DHS Secretary McAleenan is under fire for leaking the ICE raids that would have begun the deportations of 2,000 illegals this past weekend.
Tom Homan accused McAleenan of the leaks on Saturday morning:
On Saturday morning’s Fox and Friends, Tom Homan went off on acting DHS Sec. Kevin McAleenan accusing him of resisting the ICE raids and alluded that he leaked the information about the raids to The Washington Post pic.twitter.com/ICkQXkGe73
— Ryan James Girdusky (@RyanGirdusky) June 22, 2019
And in an op-ed today the president of the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) essentially accused him as well, repeating accusations that were apparently in the DC examiner and explaining that McAleenan is a liberal, both in policy and in those to whom he donates:
As recently reported in the Washington Examiner, Acting Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kevin McAleenan allegedly disclosed the scope, date, and location – law enforcement sensitive information – to the Washington Post just prior to the operation’s start date.
If this is true, then Mr. McAleenan was inexcusably willing to put the public at risk and law enforcement officers in harm’s way in order to further his own agenda, an agenda which has not aligned with that of President Trump from the day he was appointed to his previous position as Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
Before the “why” question can be answered, you must know who Mr. McAleenan really is.
Mr. McAleenan’s personal beliefs are rooted in liberal policy and philosophy. Not a negative or positive quality, except when you consider he has been charged with carrying out President Trump’s immigration agenda. He has proven his political leanings in his actions, including his campaign contributions.
According to Jessica Vaughn of the Center for Immigration Studies, Mr. McAleenan was an outspoken proponent of Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election. Also, prior to 2010, Mr. McAleenan donated large sums of money (comparatively speaking for a federal employee) to both the Democratic Party as well as Democratic candidates. According to the FEC records I’ve seen, he has never donated to the Republican Party or a Republican candidate.
The Washington Examiner goes into more detail on McAleenan’s giving:
McAleenan had no giving history until the 2008 presidential election, Federal Election Commission data shows. He made 11 contributions from $100 to $600 totaling $3,000 to then-Sen. Barack Obama between November 2007 and November 2008. One $100 donation was rescinded.
The Trump-appointed Cabinet member gave $67.10 to the DNC Services Corporation/Democratic National Committee in October 2008, then $3,300 to the same entity in November. Two weeks later, that large donation was rescinded, according to Federal Election Commission records.
Federal Election Commission data shows Corina Avalos McAleenan, whom the acting secretary married in 2002, gave a total $888 in two $444 donations to Obama for America and Obama Victory Fund 2012. The assistant commissioner did not give to any person or group that cycle.
Kevin McAleenan also made six contributions between 2009 and 2014 totaling $182.50 to ActBlue, a nonprofit organization that fundraises for Democratic candidates and organizations.
During the 2016 presidential election, the then-deputy commissioner of Customs and Border Protection did not pledge money to any political candidate, but his wife made three donations totaling $505 to Hillary for America in July 2016, shortly after Clinton had clinched the party’s nomination and Donald Trump had won the Republican nomination.
There’s more giving listed in the article, including to the likes of Rahm Emmanuel and others.
But the biggest issue is the potential leaking of these plans. If he in fact did leak them, then Trump needs to fire him quickly and replace him with someone who won’t compromise the security of agents and the job they have to do.
I don’t know where things stand now, whether the DOJ is on the hunt for the leaker or not, but I hope that Trump has people looking into it.
Whether or not McAleenan is behind the leak, he’s sure being fingered by a number of people who have Trump’s ear, which could mean that his end is drawing nigh.