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Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf subpoenaed for hearing next week after refusing to testify

September 12, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 06: Chad Wolf, acting Secretary of Homeland Security, appears before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on August 6, 2020 in Washington D.C. The committee held a hearing on ???Oversight of DHS Personnel Deployments to Recent Protests." (Photo by Toni Sandys-Pool/Getty Images)

The House Homeland Security Committee has issued a subpoena to acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf for a hearing next week as he faces whistleblower allegations that he urged department officials to alter intelligence.

(CNN)The House Homeland Security Committee has issued a subpoena to acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf for a hearing next week as he faces whistleblower allegations that he urged department officials to alter intelligence.

The subpoena comes after CNN reported Wednesday that a whistleblower has alleged that top political appointees in DHS repeatedly instructed career officials to modify intelligence assessments to suit President Donald Trump's agenda by downplaying Russia's efforts to interfere in US elections and the threat posed by White supremacists.

The whistleblower, Brian Murphy, claims that Wolf instructed DHS officials earlier this year to "cease providing intelligence assessments on the threat of Russian interference" and, instead, focus their efforts on gathering information related to activities being carried out by China and Iran.

In a letter to Thompson on Tuesday, DHS stated that Wolf "is unable to accommodate your request to testify before the Committee on September 17. " The letter offered that Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli "would be willing testify in the Acting Secretary's stead. "

Following the whistleblower report, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff will be expanding his committee's investigation into the DHS Office of Intelligence and Analysis and will seek additional interviews with a slate of DHS officials.

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