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At the same time the FBI announced the arrest of a Missouri man in connection with threats made against Jewish community centers Friday morning, a demonstration of solidarity was unfolding at a recently targeted center in Rockville...Ron Halber, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington, told the crowd in Rockville that since the start of the year 122 threats had been made against Jewish communities in the United States and Canada, including two in recent weeks made against the Bender Jewish Community Center, where Friday’s gathering was being held.... Members of Maryland’s congressional delegation, including Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Reps. John Delaney, Jamie Raskin and John Sarbanes, attended the gathering.
Rep. John Sarbanes, D-Towson, also released a statement calling for Sessions’ resignation. By lying under oath during his confirmation hearing, Sessions “has effectively disqualified himself from serving as our nation’s top law enforcement officer,” Sarbanes said... Like his Maryland congressional colleagues, Sarbanes said that this information is even more reason to appoint an independent commission to investigate ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.
The bipartisan call for an investigation came Wednesday when Maryland's leaders on Capitol Hill, led by senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, and including congressmen Steny Hoyer, Elijah Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Andy Harris, John Delaney, Jamie Raskin and Anthony Brown signed on to a letter seeking the inquiry…. The letter to U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein and F.B.I. Special Agent in Charge, Baltimore Gordon Johnson read in part: "In Maryland, bomb threats have disrupted classroom activities as well as events at Jewish community centers, coupled with the rise of neo-Nazi propaganda. These hate-filled threats are intended to strike fear across the country and represent a troubling trend that we must bring to an end," the delegation wrote. "Each threat needs to be treated with the utmost seriousness as we band together to discourage such vicious language and activity."
Members of Congress representing Montgomery County appeared at a town hall meeting to express their concerns Sunday about President Donald J. Trump’s choices on various issues, from healthcare to Syrian refugees.... Senators Chris Van Hollen (D) and Ben Cardin (D) as well as Congressmen John Delaney (D-6), Jamie Raskin (D-8) and John Sarbanes (D-3) spoke on a number of topics before taking questions from constituents in the audience. They said they did not believe Trump’s decisions and remarks on current challenges facing the U.S. coincided with community interests.
Hundreds gathered in Silver Spring, Maryland, Sunday evening as top Democrats from across the state jeered at President Donald Trump and promised to be leaders in resisting the Trump administration and its policies.... Along with Raskin and Van Hollen, speakers included Sen. Ben Cardin and Reps. Anthony Brown, John Delaney and John Sarbanes. Other participants included Maryland state delegates and senators and a number of Montgomery County Council members.
Hundreds of people turned out for a town hall at the Silver Spring Civic Center Sunday to meet with Maryland congressional Democrats and voice opposition to President Donald Trump and his policies.... The People's Town Hall Forum was organized by Takoma Park Mobilization and co-sponsored by other groups that make up the Maryland Resistance Coalition.... Congressmen John Delaney, John Sarbanes, Jamie Raskin and Anthony Brown spoke to the crowd along with senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen. Montgomery County Council members were there as well.
Maryland Democrats held a large town hall for their constituents Sunday in Silver Spring.... Hundreds of people gathered at the Silver Spring Civic Center for the event.... U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen answered questions from the crowd. U.S. Representatives John Delaney, Jamie Raskin, John Sarbanes and Anthony Brown were invited to speak as well.
Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Baltimore) said he joined other members of Congress in sending a letter to the Department of Homeland Security, Justice Department and the FBI asking for them to intensify their efforts to address the threats…. "It is imperative that immediate steps be taken to assess the situation, prosecute the perpetrators and deter future acts of intimidation and violence," Sarbanes said in a statement. "In every community of our nation – with the raised voice of every leader and citizen alike – we must relentlessly and tirelessly combat anti-Semitism in all its forms. We have an obligation to do so not just for the moral integrity of our own country but as a clarion call to other nations to resist such bigotry wherever and whenever it occurs.”
A Maryland lawmaker is among those asking federal officials for an update on the investigation into threats targeting Jewish Community Centers, including in the Baltimore area.... “I am deeply concerned by recent threats to Jewish Community Centers – including the JCC of Greater Baltimore – and by other anti-Semitic acts and crimes that have taken place across the country," Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Maryland) said Wednesday.
Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.), one of the 40 Democrats urging OGE to act on Conway’s statements, said that Conway’s error isn’t the real problem…. “What she did is predictable when the person at the top of your organization has this willful disregard of conflicts of interest and ethical standards,” he said…. The president set an example when he failed to fully separate himself from his business and declared that he could not have a conflict of interest. Similarly, his eldest daughter has not separated herself from her business ― despite saying she would do so when her husband, Jared Kushner, took a White House job.