DHS Whistleblower Tells Congress Wolf, Others Ordered Him to Lie About Threat Data to Boost Trump
The former acting chief of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) intelligence office testified before Congress that DHS leaders, including acting Director Chad Wolf, pressured him to exaggerate the number of illegal border crossings coming from Mexico and to overplay the role of far left groups in violence during anti-government protests last summer to boost Donald Trump’s prospects for reelection.
Former intelligence chief Brian Murphy told the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee this week that Wolf and DHS second in command Ken Cuccinelli directed him to lie about the involvement of ANTIFA and other “anarchist” groups in protests in Portland, Ore., “to ensure they matched up with the public comments by Trump.”
Murphy filed an anonymous whistleblower complaint Sept. 8 in which he also alleged that Wolf had told him to hold back on circulating assessments of Russia’s attempts to interfere with the presidential election because it “made the president look bad.”
The inflated claims that he former senior DHS official was directed to make about the number of people illegally entering the United States across the border with Mexico were designed to support Trump’s campaign statements that his pet project wall along the southern border is critical to national security.
When then-Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen told Congress the same thing it amounted to a “deliberate submission of false material information,” according to Murphy’s attorney, Mark Zaid.
In May, said Murphy, Wolf told him to stop producing intelligence assessments on Russia and shift the focus on election interference to China and Iran. He said Wolf told him “that these instructions specifically originated from White House National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien.” At the time O’Brien denied the allegation.
Zaid said that a dozen other people have testified before the Intelligence Committee in connection with Murphy’s allegations.