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Lawmakers want answers on reports of egregious misconduct of CBP employees

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is seeking an investigation into reports of “serious and disturbing allegations of sexual assault and abuse” by Customs and Border Protection employees.

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is seeking an investigation into reports of “serious and disturbing allegations of sexual assault and abuse” by Customs and Border Protection employees.

The lawmakers, specifically are inquiring about statements from multiple whistleblowers that CBP officers at the Newark Liberty International Airport subjected fellow female employees to various violence and “extreme” sexual abuse.

Details of the abuse were recounted in a letter signed by six members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to CBP acting Commissioner Kevin McAleenan.

“[T]his egregious conduct has been occurring for years,” the letter stated. “Victims of the reported abuse have stated that they were initially too intimidated to make official complaints, as immediate supervisors are ‘best friends’ with the alleged perpetrators,” the letter continued.

The lawmakers requested additional information related to the report, including the date in which CBP first became aware of the situation, full details of its investigation into the incidents and any personnel actions taken as a result, the personnel records of any employees associated with the misconduct and CBP’s policies and personnel guidance on harassment.

All documentation must be received by May 29.

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