Remember a few long months ago when Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen said the Trump Administration did not create a policy of separating families at the border? Well, a memo and other communications recently obtained from the federal government suggest Nielsen’s claims were dishonest. Our friends at Open the Government and Project on Government Oversight shared the obtained materials with the Intercept. As the Intercept reported this week, the materials indicate that Secretary Nielsen decided between three proposed options to carry out Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ “zero tolerance” immigration policy. Secretary Nielsen signed off on “Option 3,” the most severe, which would “pursue prosecution of all amenable adults who cross [the] border illegally, including those presenting with a family unit.” As made evident throughout the memo, those involved in the deliberations understood the consequences of such an approach, i.e. family separation.  Since we are Countdown and we tell the truth, this evidence suggests Secretary Nielsen did not tell the truth. Ok, it appears she lied.

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