In its report, the GAO referred the legality of actions taken by Wolf and Cuccinelli, in addition to the query over who needs to be serving within the high two roles, to the DHS inspector basic.
Nevertheless, each Wolf and Cuccinelli stay of their positions. Cuccinelli at present fills two management roles at DHS — the senior official performing the duties of the deputy secretary and the director of US Citizenship and Immigration Companies.
That is the primary communication from the DHS inspector basic’s workplace on the subject that the GAO has seen, in line with GAO spokesperson Chuck Younger. “We’re assured in our thorough and nicely documented preliminary authorized determinations. A federal decide in Maryland cited our choice favorably yesterday in a associated matter,” Younger stated in an announcement.
Homeland Safety spokesperson Alexei Woltornist stated in an announcement Tuesday that “GAO’s report was misguided, non-binding, and issued underneath extremely questionable authority underneath federal legislation,” once more urging the GAO to rethink its report.
The inspector basic’s workplace is investigating a number of current complaints in regards to the division, together with allegations that DHS legislation enforcement personnel improperly detained and transported protestors, whether or not DHS’ Workplace of Intelligence and Evaluation improperly gathered intelligence on US journalists, in addition to an general evaluate of DHS’ deployment of legislation enforcement officers to Portland, Oregon.
CNN’s Priscilla Alvarez contributed to this story.