New Acting DNI Grenell makes immediate hiring, firing decisions

New Acting DNI Grenell makes immediate hiring, firing decisions
Richard Grenell (Image: YouTube screen grab)

[Ed. – This is what Trump put him in the job for.  The move of former Nunes staffer Kash Patel to ODNI was reported a couple of days ago.  I haven’t seen other new names yet.]

Former acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire and his deputy, Andrew Hallman, resigned on Friday. According to The New York Times, Grenell told Hallman, who has worked for national intelligence and the CIA for three decades, that his service was no longer needed. …

The Times also reported that Grenell — who was only officially tapped into the role on Thursday and who says he will not be the nominee for the full-time role — also made a slew of his own new hires on Friday, including an expert on Trump conspiracy theories.

One hire is Kashyap Patel, a senior member of the National Security Council and former top aide to Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the former House Intelligence Committee chairman. …

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Patel has reportedly been given permission to “clean house” at the agency.

Grenell’s tenure may only last a few months as Trump announced a list of possible nominations Friday for the permanent director of national intelligence.

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