Trump appoints counter-terrorism chief to head national intelligence

US President Donald Trump has appointed Admiral Joseph Maguire, present Director of the National Counterterrorism Center, to head the Office of Director of National Intelligence beginning August 15.

The appointment was preceded by the announcement that Sue Gordon, the present deputy director at ODNI, shall be leaving concurrently her boss Dan Coats. Under the regulation that established the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, he was obligated to make Gordon performing director upon Coats’s departure.

Maguire was beforehand accountable for the Naval Special Warfare Command and retired from the US Navy in 2010. “I have no doubt he will do a great job!” Trump mentioned of the retired admiral.

Trump’s first choose to head ODNI was Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas), however that sparked an avalanche of criticism from Democrats and former intelligence officers, apprehensive in regards to the Texas congressman’s criticism of the ‘Russiagate’ probe. He ended up withdrawing that nomination on August 2, blaming the “LameStream Media” who he mentioned handled Ratcliffe “very unfairly.”

Hours earlier than that announcement, Gordon was endorsed and praised by former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein – a key participant within the ‘Russiagate’ probe – in addition to Adam Schiff (D-California), chair of the House Intelligence Committee.

The US intelligence neighborhood is beneath a cloud of suspicion over its function in beginning the ‘Russiagate’ investigation, which Democrats hoped would forestall Trump’s election or – after he gained – drive him to resign from the presidency. 

Former CIA Director John Brennan and former DNI James Clapper have discovered a brand new residence as cable information pundits, outspoken critics of Trump and promoters of the ‘Russiagate” conspiracy. The Justice Department is now investigating who and why authorized the FBI to spy on Trump’s marketing campaign via one in every of its members, instantly earlier than and for months after the 2016 election.