ODNI lawyer who advised against sending Ukraine phone call allegation to Congress will step down

ODNI lawyer who advised against sending Ukraine phone call allegation to Congress will step down
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[Ed. – The lawyer was quite correct in his judgment, since nothing in the brief prepared by a team of lawyers for the so-called “whistleblower” complainant was actually a case of whistleblowing about activity in the intelligence community.  Even if it had been legitimate whistleblowing, it wasn’t about anything within the purview of intelligence.  By rights, it should never have made its way from ODNI to Congress or indeed anywhere else as a “whistleblowing” event.]

The top lawyer for the intelligence community, whose decision to block a whistleblower’s complaint about President Donald Trump and Ukraine from reaching Congress helped jumpstart the impeachment inquiry, is resigning from his post, officials confirmed.

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.

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