The division was additionally enduring an absence of management even earlier than Mr. Wolf stepped down days after the siege partially, he mentioned, due to courtroom rulings that claimed he was unlawfully appointed to his place. Customs and Border Safety is led by an appearing official and the Authorities Accountability Workplace has additionally issued a report saying Mr. Cuccinelli was illegally appointed to the Homeland Safety Division. On Wednesday, the appearing director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Jonathan Fahey, resigned after lower than a month on the job, in line with Jenny Burke, a spokeswoman for ICE.
Consultant Bennie Thompson, the chairman of the Home Homeland Safety Committee, referred to as the timing of Mr. Wolf’s departure “questionable” given the division’s duty to assist safe the inauguration.
“He has chosen to resign throughout a time of nationwide disaster and when home terrorists could also be planning further assaults on our authorities,” mentioned Mr. Thompson, Democrat of Mississippi.
Mr. Wolf was changed by Peter T. Gaynor, the well-respected former administrator for the Federal Emergency Administration Company, and the Secret Service is main safety planning for the inauguration.
The Justice Division’s senior ranks had been equally hollowed out within the days main as much as the assault on the Capitol. Beneath Mr. Barr, the Senate-confirmed heads of the civil and legal divisions left amid complaints that Mr. Barr often minimize high officers, together with Mr. Rosen, out of key selections and relied as a substitute on a small circle of counselors in his workplace and a handful of favored U.S. attorneys, in line with 5 present and former officers.
As Mr. Trump castigated Mr. Barr for not serving to to attempt to overturn the election, he stepped down final month, leaving the division within the palms of Mr. Rosen, a white-collar lawyer who had by no means earlier than labored within the division and had no expertise as a prosecutor.
And whereas Mr. Wray was confirmed to run the F.B.I. in 2017, he has been hamstrung by Mr. Trump’s dim view of the bureau. Mr. Trump’s determination to permit him to remain on was influenced by advisers who mentioned the president may very well be extra at authorized danger with an F.B.I. director appointed by Mr. Biden than if Mr. Wray continued on, administration officers mentioned.