After the relocation of Mr. Murphy replaced Mr. Maher, who has served as chief deputy general counsel for the Homeland Security Division, served him as Acting Undersecretary for Intelligence and Analysis and “immediately launched open-source efforts to rally domestic extremists advocated and led by Mr. Murphy said Mr Zaid. “To put it bluntly, Mr. Maher is likely (or should be) a direct witness to why DHS — under his leadership — failed to identify and predict the threat that grew into the events of January 6. or help prevent.”
Murphy did not accuse Mr. Maher in his first complaint to the department’s inspector general last year, but mentioned him in an addendum filed in January. In that document, Mr. Murphy that Mr. Maher had extended his reassignment and told others he did not want Mr. Murphy returned to his intelligence work. Zaid described the actions as “unlawful retaliation”.
Mr. Murphy claims that he was punished for political reasons to protect former President Donald J. Trump and that Chad F. Wolf, then the acting Secretary of Homeland Security, told him to stop producing assessments of Russian interference. He said the department’s second most senior official at the time, Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II, Mr. Murphy had ordered the intelligence assessments to be adjusted to downplay the threat of white supremacy.
However, the commission’s spokesperson said Mr Maher had only been called in to help clear up a chaotic situation after the department opened an investigation into whether Mr Murphy’s office was investigating reporters’ work on the government’s response. investigated the Portland protests inappropriately.
“He was asked to take the leadership position in the Office of Intelligence and Analysis last summer when the director of that position was transferred,” said Mr Mulvey, “after raising concerns about the fact that the office had improperly collected intelligence about journalists.”
“The select committee,” he added, “has no reason to believe that Mr. Maher is the focus” of an ongoing Inspector General’s investigation into the matter.
Mr. Maher was recommended to the committee by Wyoming Republican Representative Liz Cheney, one of two conservatives on the panel, as part of an effort to bolster the investigation’s bipartisan credentials. Mr. Maher began working for the Department of Homeland Security in 2003, when he was hired under President George W. Bush, and held a number of legal positions. His appointment by the committee was announced the same day former Representative Denver Riggleman, Republican from Virginia, joined the panel’s staff.