2019-08-09 16:30:56 UTC
Trump names Joseph Maguire acting director of national intelligence
Deputy Director of National Intelligence Sue Gordon will leave her position on
Aug. 15 along with outgoing director Dan Coats, President Trump confirmed in a
tweet Thursday evening.
The latest: Trump announced on Thursday that National Counterterrorism Center
Director Joseph Maguire will serve as the next acting DNI director starting Aug.
Under federal statute, Gordon who is widely respected in the intelligence
community was automatically supposed to assume the role of acting director
upon Coats' departure. However, Trump never intended to pick her, and she
dropped off a resignation letter at the White House on Thursday afternoon,
sources tell Axios' Jonathan Swan.
The big picture: Trump's initial pick to replace Coats Rep. John Ratcliffe
(R-Tex.) withdrew after it became clear that Democrats and some Senate
Republicans had concerns about his partisan record and lack of experience. The
media also discovered that Ratcliffe "had exaggerated his role in terrorism and
immigration enforcement cases when he served as a federal prosecutor in Texas,"
per the Washington Post.
A source tells Axios it was only after Trump announced Ratcliffe that aides
really scrambled to do a vulnerability assessment on their DNI candidate an
episode that captures the way the Trump White House often operates when it comes