Democrats on the House Homeland Security Committee have summoned Chad Wolf to testify about threats to the nation, a request that Wolf “made very disappointed,” he said.
Chairman Bennie Thompson issued the summons to the acting Secretary of State for Homeland Security for a hearing on September 17. The committee said Wolf had declined his commitment to appear on September 8th.
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“Nineteen years after the 9/11 attacks, we continue to face serious threats to the homeland. From the coronavirus pandemic to the rise of right-wing extremism to ongoing election disruption, there are urgent threats that require our attention, “Thompson said in a statement. “Mr. Wolf̵
Wolf pushed back and told Special Report late Friday that he was “very disappointed” with the move.
He agreed to testify twice in August, on both global threats and Portland riots. But since then, President Trump has officially nominated him to take on the job he now holds as an actor.
“I have been nominated since that time and it has long been customary for you not to testify on any other matter when you are nominated,” he told host Bret Baier.
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He said the DHS has offered Acting Assistant Secretary Ken Cuccinelli to testify on his behalf and that “I will be happy to testify before the committee once my verification process is completed in one way or another.”
“So we have been very accommodating to the committee and unfortunately it is because of that,” he said.
Meanwhile, the chairman of the Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff, announced that the committee was reviewing a complaint about the DHS and intelligence reports on Russian election disruptions.
“We received a whistleblower complaint alleging the DHS suppressed Intel reports of Russian electoral interference, modified the information to reflect false Trump claims, and made false statements to Congress,” tweeted Schiff, D -Calif., Wednesday afternoon. “This endangers our national security.”
He added, “We will investigate.”
Wolf called the complaint “completely wrong” and “a fake”.
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“We were very clear about Russia’s interference in our elections …” said Wolf in the special report. “We have produced over 27 different reports in the last 12 months, I think three in August alone. We have provided members of Congress with over 40 different briefings, personal briefings, personal briefings on Russia’s interference in our elections. I have been in those Media appearances talked about it, I talked about it in Congress and I even talked about it at my home address this week. “
Fox News’ Brooke Singman and Charles Creitz contributed to this report.