Nielsen’s deputy quits Home­land Se­cu­rity

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WASH­ING­TON – Claire Grady, the sec­ond in com­mand at the Depart­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity, fol­lowed the lead of out­go­ing Sec­re­tary Kirst­jen Nielsen and re­signed Tues­day as part of an agency-wide staffing shake-up.

The res­ig­na­tion comes af­ter Pres­i­dent Trump tapped Cus­toms and Bor­der Pa­trol Di­rec­tor Kevin McAleenan to tem­po­rar­ily take over for Nielsen – who an­nounced her res­ig­na­tion Sun­day – even though Grady was the right­ful per­son for the post, ac­cord­ing to in­ter­nal pro­to­cols.

“For the last two years, Claire has served DHS with ex­cel­lence and dis­tinc­tion,” Nielsen said in a tweet an­nounc­ing Grady’s res­ig­na­tion. “She has been an in­valu­able as­set to DHS – a steady force and a knowl­edge­able voice.”

Nielsen and Grady have their last day at DHS to­day.

Grady’s exit comes af­ter mem­bers of Congress ac­cused Trump of by­pass­ing pro­to­col by tap­ping McAleenan to take over as act­ing sec­re­tary in light of Nielsen’s ouster.

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