House Committees Demand Docs From DHS Related To Spate Of Firings

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 6:Kirstjen Nielsen, Secretary of Homeland Security, testifies before the House Homeland Security Committee at the Cannon House Office Building at a hearing entitled, “The Way Forward on Border Security” on Wednesday, March 6, 2019, in Washington, DC. Democrats, now in control of the House, have stepped up congressional oversight of the Trump administration, and border security remains one of the bitterest policy fights between Democrats and the Republican administration.(Photo by Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 6: Kirstjen Nielsen, Secretary of Homeland Security, testifies before the House Homeland Security Committee at the Cannon House Office Building at a hearing entitled, The Way Forward on Border... WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 6: Kirstjen Nielsen, Secretary of Homeland Security, testifies before the House Homeland Security Committee at the Cannon House Office Building at a hearing entitled, The Way Forward on Border Security on Wednesday, March 6, 2019, in Washington, DC. Democrats, now in control of the House, have stepped up congressional oversight of the Trump administration, and border security remains one of the bitterest policy fights between Democrats and the Republican administration. (Photo by Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post via Getty Images) MORE LESS

House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY), Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) and Homeland Security Chairman Bennie Thomas (D-MS) are demanding documents related to the recent spate of firings at the DHS.

“We are deeply concerned that the firing and forced resignation of these officials puts the security of the American people at risk,” they wrote. “We are also concerned that the President may have removed DHS officials because they refused his demands to violate federal immigration law and judicial orders. Moreover, we are concerned by reports that, even as he has removed the Department’s leadership, the President has sought to empower a White House aide, Stephen Miller, to ‘be in charge of handling all immigration and border affairs.’”

The chairmen also say that the White House has declined to make Miller available for committee testimony.

In the past few weeks, DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, DHS Undersecretary for Management Claire Grady, Secret Service Chief Randolph “Tex” Alles and ICE chief nominee Ronald Vitiello all got the axe, leaving a few other officials in a precarious position.

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