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It's Friday...So We Have A New Acting Director of National Intelligence...
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Miloch
2019-08-09 16:30:56 UTC
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Trump names Joseph Maguire acting director of national intelligence

https://www.axios.com/trump-names-joseph-maguire-acting-director-national-intelligence-abcfa537-d74f-4eae-8c7c-bcdde77993c5.html

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.
15.

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
to nominees.



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super70s
2019-08-10 09:20:47 UTC
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Post by Miloch
Trump names Joseph Maguire acting director of national intelligence
https://www.axios.com/trump-names-joseph-maguire-acting-director-national
-intelligence-abcfa537-d74f-4eae-8c7c-bcdde77993c5.html
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. 15.
Why should the senate have to bother to confirm any of Trump's umpteen
acting cabinet and staff members, he's only going to be in office for 17
more months anyway (Charlie Cook has just reported he's the "underdog"
in 2020).

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