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Brian Murphy, who served as an undersecretary in the Homeland Security agency’s intelligence office, says he was pressured to downplay threats from Russia and white supremacists, according to a whistle blower complaint that was lodged Wednesday.
Adam Schiff, Democratic Committee Chairman revealed the complaint on Wednesday.
In the complaint, Murphy says Kenneth Cuccinelli, Trump’s acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, directed Murphy to change the assessment’s description on white supremacy “in a manner that made the threat appear less severe,” while also adding information on “violent ‘left-wing’ groups,” according to USA Today.
Who is Brian Murphy?
Brian Murphy was the Acting Under Secretary for the Office of Intelligence and Analysis. In that role, he was responsible for the conduct of key intelligence activities supporting the Department of Homeland Security; State, Local, Tribal, Territorial and Private Sector partners.
He also worked with the Intelligence Community, including: intelligence collection, production, dissemination, watch and warning, watch-listing and partner engagement.
Who Is Adam Schiff?
According to his official website, Congressman Adam Schiff represents California’s 28th Congressional District, and throughout his tenure in Congress, he has focused on growing the economy, bolstering national security, strengthening our communities, helping small businesses, and improving education, safety and health care for our children.
Adam is a graduate of Stanford University and Harvard Law School.
Fox News reported that a spokesman for DHS, Alexei Woltornist said, “The Department generally does not comment on the specifics of OIG referrals, but we flatly deny that there is any truth to the merits of Mr. Murphy’s claim.”
“DHS looks forward to the results of any resulting investigation and we expect it will conclude that no retaliatory action was taken against Mr. Murphy.”
According to Fox, Schiff went on to slam the Trump administration for ending briefings to Congress about foreign election interference, claiming it was a “bid to prevent informing the American people and its elected representatives about Russian efforts to help President Trump and hurt Joe Biden.”