“From the coronavirus pandemic to the rise of right-wing extremism to ongoing election interference, there are pressing threats requiring our consideration,” Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson, a Mississippi Democrat, mentioned in a press release Friday. “Mr. Wolf’s refusal to testify — thereby evading congressional oversight at this vital time — is very troubling given the intense issues going through the Division and the Nation.”
CNN has reached out to the Division of Homeland Safety for remark.
The witness checklist for subsequent week’s listening to contains Wolf, FBI Director Christopher Wray and Christopher Miller of the Nationwide Counterterrorism Middle.
The whistleblower, Brian Murphy, claims that Wolf instructed DHS officers earlier this yr to “stop offering intelligence assessments on the specter of Russian interference” and, as a substitute, focus their efforts on gathering data associated to actions being carried out by China and Iran.
“Ought to the presence of SOPDDS Cuccinelli earlier than the Committee in Appearing Secretary Wolf’s stead not meet your wants, we are able to collaborate to discover a later date for the Appearing Secretary to make himself obtainable to the Committee after his affirmation vote within the Senate,” the letter added. The White Home despatched Wolf’s nomination to function full Homeland Safety secretary to the Senate on Thursday.
Thompson’s committee is not the one one pursuing testimony from division officers of late. Following the whistleblower report, Home Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff will probably be increasing his committee’s investigation into the DHS Workplace of Intelligence and Evaluation and can search extra interviews with a slate of DHS officers.
Individually, the highest Republican and Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee despatched a letter to the identical workplace stating it’s investigating the claims made by Murphy.
CNN’s Zachary Cohen contributed to this report.