Jayapal lectures to GOP for exposing murder case details, then reveals name of underage MS-13 suspect
Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) publicly registered the previously undisclosed name of a 17-year-old unlawful alien murder suspect as she chastised House Republicans Tuesday at a congressional hearing for revealing the case details.
Jayapal, a ranking member of the Judiciary Committee’s Integrity, Security and Immigration Enforcement Subcommittee, appears to have accidentally exposed the name, which appeared in the subject line of an email from Health and Human Services (HHS) which she made public during the hearing. .
The email can be viewed at this link here on the House of Representatives Government website, but in response to this story, committee Democrats updated Jayapal’s document by removing the suspect’s name and it is no longer visible in public records.
Breitbart News retained a copy of the original document with the published name, which had been visible at the link above for over an hour.
Jayapal’s office did not respond to multiple requests for comment.
Jayapal’s apparent mistake came as she accused Republicans of what she called a ‘gross violation’ for revealing details of the Biden administration’s mishandling of the minor, who illegally crossed the border in March 2022 and is now charged with sexual assault and murder of autistic people. Kayla Hamilton, 20 years old.
“It is imperative that we do not interfere with the integrity of criminal proceedings,” Jayapal said. “I trust that my colleagues will not release any information that could impact the criminal proceedings or Ms Nobles’ ability to obtain justice for her daughter.”
Jayapal then filed the email on the public record as part of the committee hearing, which featured Hamilton’s mother, Tammy Nobles, as a witness.
HHS explained in the email Jaypal shared that the department was seeking compliance with Congress’s investigation into Hamilton’s murder by allowing the Judiciary Committee to view the suspect’s HHS file only through camera examination.
HHS reminded the committee not to release nonpublic information, saying the suspect’s case was “highly sensitive, involves the privacy of a minor, and appears to be relevant to matters at issue in an ongoing criminal proceeding.” “.
After the minor, known as an unaccompanied alien child (UAC), illegally crossed the border, the Department of Homeland Security apprehended him and turned him over to HHS, who released him to a sponsor in the Maryland. HHS claimed in the filing that the sponsor was UAC’s “first cousin,” although contradictions about this also appear in the UAC filing, according to information released by the Judiciary Committee.
When HHS sent UAC to the Maryland home in May 2022, he fled a month later and allegedly sexually assaulted and murdered Hamilton a month later, in July 2022, according to the committee’s findings.
The suspect had already been arrested in his home country of El Salvador before the Biden administration released him to the United States, the committee found.
Maryland police investigating Hamilton’s death confirmed the suspect was also affiliated with the dangerous and violent MS-13 gang.
UPDATE: In response to this story, Democrats updated Jayapal’s document to redact the suspect’s name. This story has been updated accordingly.
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