UPDATED 6:43 AM PT – Friday, April 26, 2019
House Democrats are turning their focus on the Department of Homeland Security in the latest probe launched against the Trump administration.
In a joint letter from three House committees Thursday, top Democrats announced they will investigate former Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen’s departure among others in the department. The letter claimed Homeland Security’s unprecedented turnover puts “the security of Americans at risk.” Among Nielsen’s departure, a number of high-level officials have also exited this month.
President Trump was quick to defend the department and its new acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan:
“I think (acting U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security) Kevin (McAleenan) is going to do a fantastic job…homeland security, that’s exactly what we want…there’s no better term, there’s no better name — we want homeland security and that’s what we’re going to get.”
The joint committees are expected to look closely at whether Nielsen was removed for refusing to reinstate family separation at the border. They are also looking into the role White House policy adviser Stephen Miller had to play in Nielsen’s ousting.