CIA director hanging by a thread as Trump eyes releasing US intelligence on Russian interference

first_img– Advertisement – Trump has already moved to consolidate power in the intelligence community, installing loyalists this week at key intelligence posts at the Defense Department and National Security Agency. Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe, who oversees the 17-agency intelligence apparatus, is already a tried and true Trumpist. So the only major barriers to Trump’s near-total takeover of the intelligence community are Haspel and FBI Director Chris Wray, who reportedly have both been on Trump’s post-election chopping block.Just imagine what Trump would have done if he had won. Trump also remains miffed at the CIA over the agency’s failure to neutralize the whistleblower complaint regarding the July 2019 call with Ukraine that ultimately led to his impeachment. But releasing the intelligence on Russia appears to be the main motivation behind Trump’s fixation on axing Haspel, who has shared her concern with congressional members.The Times writes that GOP lawmakers “came subtly to Ms. Haspel’s defense” Tuesday when Majority Leader Mitch McConnell invited her to a meeting at his office—a signal of support for her, however weak. Of course, McConnell isn’t willing to do something more overt because he’s too busy kowtowing to Dear Leader so Republicans can get Trump’s help in the upcoming Georgia runoffs, which will decide the fate of the Senate majority.- Advertisement –last_img

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