A government liability group is requesting the Senate committee that heard testimony that summer from Chad Wolf, President Donald Trump’s choice for behaving Homeland Security Secretary, to refer Wolf for analysis by the Justice Department over alleged bogus promises to Congress.
The team, ” Public Trust, stated in a letter delivered to the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee on Thursday the Wolf”provided false testimony” to the committee when he promised he didn’t help develop the coverage that led to over 2,800 migrant children being separated from their parents at 2018.
The letter cites NBC News reporting on inner mails which reveal Wolf such as household separation on a listing of 16 policy guidelines to curtail undocumented immigrants, including asylum seekers, from crossing in the U.S. he delivered into the Justice Department for approval in December of 2017.
In his record of recommendations, Wolf indicated the Trump government” declares that DHS is considering dividing family units, putting adults in detention and putting minors under the age of 18 from the custody of HHS as unaccompanied alien children.” Those specific details became fact in May and June of 2018.
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Wolf testified before the committee in June of the year as part of the verification procedure to become the undersecretary for policy, plans and policy, a position he served on an acting basis because he was not supported.
During the hearing, Sen. Jacky Rosen, D-Nev., asked Wolf if he helped create the household separation coverage, called zero tolerance, which then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions declared in the spring of 2018.
“We had been given leadership either via an executive order and also the attorney general’s zero-tolerance policy at the moment. The talks that were underway at the Department at the time were functional.”
Rosen then inquired, “I want to ask it this way, as (Nielsen’s) chief of staff subsequently, how can you know the policy?”
“During discussions with employees, leading to the attorney general’s statement, I think in April of 2018,” Wolf stated.
Besides this NBC News report about the record of policy choices Wolf delivered to the Justice Department, Restore Public Trust referenced Wolf’s program from March 2018, which suggests he participated in many meetings and telephone calls talking about what became the household separation coverage.
“In light of this evidence, it seems Mr. Wolf made a deliberate effort to mislead the committee regarding his role in creating the family separation coverage in breach of the prohibition against making false statements to Congress,” the correspondence against Restore Public Trust explained.
The team asked the committee to refer the matter to the Justice Department for additional research into”whether and the degree to which he might have supplied false testimony to the committee”
DHS didn’t respond to a previous request for comment on the Wolf email address.