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Politics Ousted acting spy chief Maguire formally resigns from US government

23:26  21 february  2020
23:26  21 february  2020 Source:   cnn.com

Top intel office lawyer who handled Ukraine whistleblower complaint resigning

  Top intel office lawyer who handled Ukraine whistleblower complaint resigning Jason Klitenic, the general counsel for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, will depart early next month.Jason Klitenic, the general counsel for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, will depart early next month, according to an agency spokeswoman. His exit comes as the acting DNI, Joseph Maguire, nears a March 11 deadline to depart as well. Federal law prevents Maguire from serving in an acting capacity beyond that date, meaning a new director must be nominated and confirmed by then, or Trump must pick a new acting official.

Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire threatened to resign if the White House tried to restrict his testimony before Congress, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday.

The abrupt decision to install Joseph Maguire as director of national intelligence comes after the resignation of Sue Gordon, the No. 2 spy chief . WASHINGTON — President Trump on Thursday abruptly decided to install Joseph Maguire , the director of the National Counterterrorism Center, as

Former acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire has formally resigned from US government service, a source familiar with the matter tells CNN.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Former acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire testifies before a House Select Committee in 2019 regarding the whistleblower complaint. © Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images North America/Getty Images Former acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire testifies before a House Select Committee in 2019 regarding the whistleblower complaint.

The office of DNI also officially announced the second-ranking official there, Andrew Hallman, stepped down Friday afternoon.

President Donald Trump became irate in a meeting with Maguire last week for allowing lawmakers to be briefed about the intelligence community's belief that Russia is already taking steps to interfere in the 2020 election with the goal of helping Trump win, a White House official has told CNN.

Trump Expected to Name Richard Grenell as Acting Head of Intelligence

  Trump Expected to Name Richard Grenell as Acting Head of Intelligence WASHINGTON — President Trump was expected to name Richard Grenell, the American ambassador to Germany, to be the acting director of national intelligence, three people familiar with the matter said on Wednesday. Mr. Grenell, whose outspokenness throughout his career as a political operative and then as ambassador has prompted criticism, is a vocal Trump loyalist who will lead a group of national security agencies often viewed skeptically by the White House. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.

Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire testifies before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Sept. Richard Grenell, known for his loyalty to President Donald Trump, says an announcement for a new, permanent intelligence chief is coming.

President Donald Trump sidelined Joseph Maguire , the outgoing acting director of national intelligence, after learning a member of Maguire ’s team had briefed House lawmakers that Russia was attempting to interfere in the 2020 elections to get Trump re -elected, according to multiple reports.

On Wednesday, Trump announced he was naming Richard Grenell, a staunch loyalist and current US ambassador to Germany, as acting DNI despite him not having experience in intelligence.

Democrats are raising fresh concerns about the appointment of Grenell, who does not have intelligence experience, and whether he was moved into the role in reaction to Trump's anger toward Maguire over the briefing.

"Now all of a sudden, senior people in the intelligence community may be thinking that if I give honest intelligence — if I can take you back, you know, 15 years or so, 20 years, there are no weapons of mass destruction, President George W. Bush — that my career might suffer," Rep. Jim Himes, a Connecticut Democrat, said on CNN's "New Day." "And when that happens, this country is in a very, very bad place."

Trump's acting intelligence chief Grenell says won't be tapped for permanent post

  Trump's acting intelligence chief Grenell says won't be tapped for permanent post Richard Grenell, who was tapped to be acting director of intelligence, said President Trump would not be nominating him for the job permanently."The President will announce the Nominee (not me) sometime soon," Grenell tweeted a day after Trump announced his selection to lead the nation's intelligence agencies in an acting capacity.

Maguire has held the job in an acting capacity and Trump was required by law to either replace him or ask the Senate to confirm him in the position by next month. Loeffler owns the WNBA’s Atlanta team and is married to Jeffrey Sprecher, the chief executive officer of Intercontinental Exchange, the parent

Maguire ’s chances for being named the permanent intelligence chief ended in the meeting. This week, Trump announced that Maguire would be replaced by U . S . Ambassador to Germany “ We count on the intelligence community to inform Congress of any threat of foreign interference in our elections.

Trump on Thursday evening said another close ally, GOP Rep. Doug Collins of Georgia, was under consideration to be his permanent director of national intelligence, but Collins, who is running for Senate against GOP Sen. Kelly Loeffler, said Friday morning on Fox News he did not want the job.

Last week's briefing, led by election security official Shelby Pierson, was fairly comprehensive about Russia's meddling efforts, sources familiar with the matter said. In the briefing, the intelligence community briefer said twice that the IC's observation is that Russia has a preference for Trump, one of the sources said.

"The briefers were not ambiguous about the Kremlin having a preference for Trump," said the source, while underscoring that intelligence briefers never say anything is clear -- they simply provide an assessment.

Republicans pushed back on the assessment.

Rep. Will Hurd, a Texas Republican, asked House Intelligence Committee ranking member Rep. Devin Nunes for some time for questioning, and pressed the briefer about what led to that statement and how many intelligence reports it was based on.

The briefer responded that they did not have the underlying data, just the assessment, the source said.

This story has been updated with additional background information.

Grenell asks top intel official to remain in role amid lawmaker concerns .
Acting Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Richard Grenell will not replace Shelby Pierson, the intelligence official whose briefing of the House Intelligence Committee reportedly kept President Trump from permanently appointing then-acting DNI Joseph Maguire, Pierson told The New York Times on Tuesday."Ambassador Grenell has not asked me to leave," Pierson told the newspaper. "In fact, he has encouraged and affirmed his support for my position here in the organization. I have not asked to depart nor discussed resignation in any way.

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