Cruz Grills DHS Head: Is WH Scrubbing References to Jihad, Islamic Terror in Gov’t Docs?

Senator Ted Cruz got very combative with Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson today over the White House’s alleged scrubbing of references to jihad, Islamic terrorism, and Muslims from terror-related documents.

At a Judiciary Committee hearing today, Cruz called out Johnson for the fact that DHS didn’t attend a recent hearing on the matter. He asked him if the claims of a former employee insisting they scrubbed those references were accurate. Johnson said, “I have no idea.”

Cruz kept pressing, and Johnson (with mild frustration), said, “Senator, I find this whole debate to be very interesting.” He said this kind of thing might make for “good political debate,” but the U.S. government shouldn’t be giving ISIS the credence that they so desire.

Cruz shot back, “You’re entitled to give speeches other times.”

They got into contentious back-and-forths about whether the Obama administration missed warning signs before Fort Hood and the Boston bombing, with Cruz accusing them of “willful blindness.”

You can watch how Johnson responded in the full exchange above.

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