Appointments of Homeland Security leaders Wolf and Cuccinelli are 'invalid,' report says

Friday's report was prompted by Democratic House committee chairs Bennie Thompson and Carolyn Maloney, both of whom have repeatedly criticized lack of permanent leadership at DHS.

Following the release of GAO's findings, the lawmakers called the report "damning."

"In light of this decision, Mr. Wolf should immediately step down and return to his Senate-confirmed position as Under Secretary for Strategy, Policy, and Plans. The President should appoint an a political career official to run the Department temporarily and follow the Constitution by swiftly nominating a permanent Secretary," the chairs wrote.

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