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

Ahead of former FBI Director James Comey’s second interview with Congress, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) complained about Comey’s first hearing and said he hopes Comey “actually answers questions today.”

“We hope he actually answers questions today,” he told “Fox and Friends” Monday morning. “You know last time, 245 times he said he didn’t know, couldn’t remember, so we hope he answers more questions.”

After the last hearing, Comey told reporters that he was primarily grilled about his investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails. Jordan said he plans to ask the former FBI director about the memos he kept of his conversations with President Trump.

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George Papadopoulos has big dreams now that he’s done his time (14 days).

Fresh-off signing a new contract with a Los Angeles production company that plans to create a docu-series on his life post-prison, Papadopoulos has his sights set on Washington. The former adviser to President Trump’s campaign who agreed to cooperate with the government after he was found guilty of lying to the FBI as part of the Russia probe, told The Daily Telegraph that he wants to run for Congress in 2020.

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While addressing a question about the death of a 7-year-old migrant girl — who died of shock and dehydration while in Border Patrol custody — Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen harped on the “dangers of this journey.”

She called the death “heart-wrenching,” but said it was “a very sad example” of what can happen when immigrants “choose to come here illegally.”

“This family chose to cross illegally, what happened here is they were about 90 miles away from where we could process them,” she told “Fox and Friends” Friday morning. “They came in such a large crowd, it took our border patrol folks a couple times to get them all. We gave immediate care, we’ll continue to look into the situation, but again, I cannot stress (enough) how dangerous this journey is when migrants choose to come here illegally.”

Placing blame on the “journey” for the child’s death is a talking point that others in the administration have embraced. Speaking to reporters on Friday, White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said the death was “tragic,” but called it “100 percent preventable,” according to The Washington Post.

“Does the administration take responsibility for a parent taking a child on a trek through Mexico to get to this country? No,” he said.

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