October 25, 2020

Whistleblower’s lawyer says his client was demoted at Homeland Security Dept. for political reasons

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf removed a top deputy from his post because Wolf believed it would enhance his chances of being nominated and confirmed as head of the department, a lawyer for the deputy said on the Yahoo News podcast “Skullduggery.”

“If I remove you it’s gonna make me look better … because I want to be the nominee,” Wolf told the deputy, Brian Murphy, according to Murphy’s lawyer, Mark Zaid.

A DHS spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment about Zaid’s claim.

Murphy, who until last month served as an acting DHS undersecretary overseeing intelligence, emerged this week as a high-ranking whistleblower, alleging in a formal complaint filed with the department’s inspector general that Wolf had improperly directed him to play down reports about Russian interference in the 2016 election because it “made the President look bad.”

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