Monday, 18 January, 2021


Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf Is Reportedly Stepping Down

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Bennie Garza | 12 January, 2021, 07:21

The committee also announced the traditional parade following the inauguration from the Capitol to the White House will be "reimagined".

Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris will lay the wreath after they take the oath of office and conduct a Pass in Review inspection of the troops at the Capitol on January 20, Biden's inaugural committee announced Monday.

Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf is stepping down, Fox News has learned.

Trump had nominated Wolf to serve as permanent DHS secretary but withdrew the nomination shortly after Wolf publicly urged the president to condemn last week's riots at the Capitol.

The law enforcement source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the Federal Bureau of Investigation warnings were from Jan 16 and at least through Jan 20 for state capitals and for the three days leading up to Inauguration Day in Washington DC.

The violent assault on the US Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump has raised security concerns about the coming inauguration of Presdent-elect Joe Biden.

Wolf and the department denied the allegations.

"I leave knowing the Department has positioned itself for an orderly and smooth transition to President-elect Biden's DHS team", he wrote.

Unlike Wednesday's events, Biden's inauguration is designated a National Special Security Event (NSSE) - meaning that the Secret Service, which is housed within DHS, takes charge of security. The theme of the event will be "America United" - an issue that's always been a central focus for Biden, but one that's taken on added weight in the wake of the violence in the U.S. Capitol last week.

The department has not had a Senate-confirmed secretary since Trump fired Kirstjen Nielsen in April 2019.

Wolf had been a chief of staff to Nielsen and an undersecretary in the agency as well as an official at the Transportation Security Administration, a component of DHS. Investigators believe some of the people are members of some extremist groups, the officials said.

The Presidential Inaugural Committee also received donations from the American Federation of Teachers and the United Food and Commercial Workers. That finding has put policy changes under their tenure, especially related to immigration, in potential jeopardy because of legal challenges, including one as recently as Friday in which a federal judge blocked sweeping asylum restrictions imposed by the administration.

During a press conference Monday, Bowser outlined her security requests for the January 20 ceremony.

Wolf went on to say that Pete Gaynor, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) administrator, will become the acting secretary of DHS.

Wolf announced his resignation Monday, effective at midnight, a decision he said was prompted by several court rulings challenging the validity of his appointment to lead DHS. Wolf had been acting DHS secretary since November.

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