Note: this piece was originally published in CNN, and quotes Checks & Balances member Carrie Cordero.
A former administration official said that Mizelle was first installed at DHS in early 2019 at Miller’s direction. Another former official said that in one instance last year, Miller directed DHS staff to work with Mizelle on policy implementation when he was in the counsel’s office.
“The revolving door at the top legal position at DHS should be of serious concern to members of Congress. After firing the Senate-confirmed General Counsel last fall, the President seems determined to bend the legal advice of this department to fit political objectives,” CNN legal analyst and senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security Carrie Cordero said.
Wolf also announced Tuesday that John Gountanis, a former Immigration and Customs Enforcement attorney, will assume the duties of acting chief of staff.
Additionally, Tyler Q. Houlton, the former DHS press secretary, and Scott Erickson will serve as the department’s deputy chiefs of staff. Houlton, the former press secretary under Nielsen, returned to the department when Wolf took over in the top spot.
This was the first major staff change at headquarters since Wolf assumed the acting role in November.