Trump’s Home­land Se­cu­rity pick de­nies in­tel­li­gence med­dling

Santa Fe New Mexican - - NATION & WORLD -

WASH­ING­TON — Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s nom­i­nee to lead the Depart­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity de­nied al­le­ga­tions Wed­nes­day that he molded in­tel­li­gence re­ports to suit the ad­min­is­tra­tion, telling a Se­nate com­mit­tee that a re­cent whistle­blower’s re­port is “patently false.”

Act­ing Depart­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity Chad Wolf, tes­ti­fy­ing in a wide-rang­ing Se­nate con­fir­ma­tion hear­ing, also re­jected a sep­a­rate al­le­ga­tion that he held back an in­tel­li­gence re­port on Rus­sian dis­in­for­ma­tion that tar­geted for­mer Vice Pres­i­dent Joe Bi­den.

Both is­sues emerged early in the hear­ing as the Se­nate con­sid­ers a nom­i­nee who has been ac­cused of politi­ciz­ing the third largest depart­ment in the fed­eral gov­ern­ment and has faced crit­i­cism over its han­dling of civil un­rest, COVID-19 and im­mi­gra­tion.

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