DHS issues new memos to try to bolster acting secretary's authority amid court challenges

DHS issues new memos to try to bolster acting secretary's authority amid court challenges


Homeland Security announced a series of new directives Tuesday intended to reaffirm acting Secretary Chad Wolf’s authority amid court challenges arguing he was never properly installed in the top job, so every move he’s made is illegal.

While insisting Mr. Wolf has always been legally in place, the department said Federal Emergency Management Agency Director Peter Gaynor, who also has a claim to be acting secretary, signed a memo over the weekend conferring whatever authority he might have had over to Mr. Wolf in a new chain of succession.

Homeland Security said the move “provides an alternative basis for acting Secretary Wolf’s authority.”

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Mr. Wolf then reaffirmed all of his actions he’s taken since Nov. 13, 2019, when he was first designated acting secretary.

“The department continues to evaluate its legal options in these cases and is working to ensure the administration’s challenged policies and regulations remain in effect,” Homeland Security said in a memo explaining its actions.

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