Nicole Lafond

Nicole Lafond is a news writer for TPM based in New York City. She is also currently earning a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University and previously worked as an education reporter at The News-Gazette in Champaign, Ill. Follow her on Twitter @Nicole_Lafond.

Articles by Nichole

The latest right-wing groundswell against Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) has festered online thanks to a a brief clip of a more than 20-minute speech the congresswoman gave at the Council on American–Islamic Relations annual banquet in March. Her remarks largely centered on the persecution Muslims in the U.S. and around the world have faced as a result of anti-Islam fear-mongering.

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The White House is preparing to resist several requests from House Democrats by citing executive privilege, The Washington Post reported. 

Inquiries related to the process of administering security clearances and President Trump’s meetings with foreign leaders are among the requests the administration plans to reject, aides familiar with discussions told the Post.

White House counsel Pat Cipollone is reportedly prepared to force a sweeping legal battle if Democrats issue subpoenas. Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani told the Post that he urged Trump to not cooperate “with any of them” because Democrats just want to impeach him.

“I’d fight it tooth and nail,” he told the Post.

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