In other news....While @DHSgov IG investigation is ongoing, @CBSNews has learned a five-month review by DHS career attorneys, interviewing +80 witnesses, has concluded + recommended against the return of Brian Murphy to head I&A (Intelligence & Analysis) for reasons that go
beyond controversy over intelligence products including journalists #Portland. A source familiar with internal review confirms former Acting Secretary Wolf has left the decision to incoming administration. January 11, 2021 Memorandum from Wolf to Alejandro Mayorkas reads in part,
“...the OGC review strongly encouraged DHS leadership to refrain from allowing Mr. Murphy to return to I&A. This recommendation was based not only on the concerning intelligence activities that occurred in the 3 months that Mr. Murphy served as Acting Under Secretary, but also on
the work climate Mr. Murphy created both as Deputy Under SEC + Acting Under SEC at I&A. Importantly, many of the I&A employees interviewed...expressed concern that Mr. Murphy would retaliate against them if he returned to I&A." Murphy’s attorney @MarkSZaidEsq has responded

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performance appraisals for his entire tenure at DHS are virtually stellar with the highest marks possible, including financial performance bonuses. Acting Deputy Secretary Cuccinelli himself signed off on Mr. Murphy's most recent favorably performance appraisal that contradicts
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