The nomination listening to comes as courts and the Authorities Accountability Workplace have raised considerations in regards to the legitimacy of Wolf’s appointment to steer DHS. Over the objections of the division, the GAO stood by its August opinion that Wolf and his deputy Ken Cuccinelli had been appointed as a part of an “invalid order of succession.”
On Wednesday he shall be launched by Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas on the Senate Homeland Safety and Governmental Affairs Committee listening to.
DHS hasn’t had a Senate-confirmed chief since Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen’s pressured departure in April 2019. Trump has repeatedly lavished reward on Wolf. “Thanks very a lot, Chad. You are proper within the coronary heart of it, and you have got some massive issues coming,” Trump mentioned at an August occasion. “Good job.”
Final week, Wolf was a no-show at a Home listening to on threats to the US homeland after a feud between the division and the committee over scheduling. DHS cited Wolf’s nomination as motive for not attending the Home panel listening to. As an alternative, Wolf participated in a gathering with Senate employees concerning his nomination to be secretary.
The transfer angered Democratic Chairman Bennie Thompson of Mississippi, who denounced Wolf’s resolution to defy a subpoena to testify earlier than the Home Homeland Safety Committee.
“Because the particular person operating the Division of Homeland Safety, Mr. Wolf ought to be right here to testify, as secretaries of Homeland Safety have achieved earlier than. As an alternative, we’ve got an empty chair — an applicable metaphor for the Trump administration’s dereliction on so many of those important homeland safety points,” Thompson mentioned on the listening to.
Regardless of the upcoming listening to, it is unclear whether or not Wolf will get a Senate vote earlier than the November presidential election.
Senate Minority Chief Chuck Schumer wrote
of Wolf that “given his previous actions, he’d be an terrible selection.”
When Trump introduced Wolf’s nomination, the committee’s Democratic rating member Sen. Gary Peters of Michigan mentioned in a press release that given Wolf’s file since assuming his position, he has “critical questions and considerations about his suitability for the job,” saying the division “wants certified, principled leaders to safeguard” the nation.
Peters will fastidiously contemplate any nomination that comes earlier than the committee, based on a Peters’ aide. The rating member beforehand opposed Wolf’s nomination to function DHS Underneath Secretary for Technique, Coverage, and Plans.
Wolf grew up in Mississippi and Texas and labored for a lobbying agency for greater than 10 years earlier than returning to the federal authorities in the beginning of the Trump administration.