"I'm just sick and tired of this administration that lies on the American people, lying about Congress, doing it under oath," he told Jon Berman of CNN's New Day.
Merckles noted that the FBI had not yet responded to his request, but said that "this is the official, correct way to initiate a FBI referral for an investigation into perjury."
In a statement delivered to CNN last week, Katie Waldman, a DHS spokeswoman, said: "As Minister Nielsen has said publicly and has testified many times, DHS never had a common policy to divorce families in custody."
"What is this preliminary, preliminary discussion note – as well as before the expiry of preliminary decisions, pre-deliberative documents – shows that the secretary has been provided with a set of options to prevent the humanitarian crisis that we predicted at that time, "Secretary Nilsen specifically rejected the political proposal to separate all family units in the prison of the DHS."
Walden also said in a statement that the administration's policy "was" Wildly repeatedly to members of Congress. "