DHS’ Fifth General Counsel John Mitnick Dismissed from Service

John Mitnick

The rate of appointed officials’ dismissal or resignation from their posts has consequently increased under the ruling government. Homeland Security Department’s fifth General Counsel John Mitnick is another name in the number of officers being fired, which in turn raises serious questions on the strategies of the current President, who even plans to win the 2020 presidential elections.

Mitnick has previously served as a Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary at Raytheon. He was fired from the post of DHS general counsel by the White House on September 17.The news of him being fired was confirmed by a spokesperson from the department, who said, “We thank John for this service, and we wish him well.”

One of the major reasons believed for his exit is the DHS officials’ continued feud with the White House over its poor handling of immigration agenda in the recent months.The increased number of migrants entering into the country through the US-Mexico border have led to insufficiency and shortages in the facilities provided at the border.

The critics believe that the DHS officials, who are solely responsible for overseeing the country’s borders, alongside providing disaster relief efforts and addressing domestic terrorism and cybersecurity threats, have failed in achieving some of its goals.

Somewhere what the DHS officials have been doing as a part of their work is either not accepted by the White House or opposed by the judicial system, leading to tensions and no permanent leadership.

Last year, former Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen had resigned from her post amid increased tensions with the government. Her exit was followed by other DHS staffers including Andrew Meehan and Kevin McAleenan. A month after these firings, the head of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, L. Francis Cissna, also resigned from the government.

Over the exit of John Mitnick, a government official claimed that President’s associate Chad Mizelle is to take Mitnick’s position of General counsel, however, the DHS claimed that Joseph B. Maher, who has previously been the department’s principal deputy general counsel, would be taking over Mitnick.

Amid the department’s continuous fights in defending itself against multiple lawsuits challenging the government’s immigration policies, John Mitnick’s departure is considered to be a huge loss by many leaders. However, the government would soon be giving the position to the one they think would act upon their will, following the policies.


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