Trump reshapes intel community amid Russian efforts to help his reelection

Trump reshapes intel community amid Russian efforts to help his reelection

The intelligence community briefing will inevitably create new tensions between Trump and his spies whom he has expressed public distrust of repeatedly.

After Coats resigned, Trump announced his intent to tap GOP Rep. John Ratcliffe, a former USA attorney and Trump loyalist who has also defended the president throughout the House impeachment hearings and Senate trial, for DNI.

But Ratcliffe was deemed not confirmable and the president quickly withdrew his name from consideration.

Trump announced Wednesday that U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell, one of his staunchest defenders, would serve as his top intelligence chief in an acting capacity.

Just as a judge sentenced Roger Stone for his part in helping Russian Federation interfere in the last presidential election, we heard that the USA intelligence community now believes Russian Federation will try to interfere again in 2020.

Trump is seeking a second term in office. Trump cited the presence in the briefing of Rep. Adam B. Schiff, D-Calif., who led the impeachment proceedings against him, as a particular irritant.


Democrats see addressing voting rights in the lead-up to the November elections as crucial after Trump won the White House in 2016 by razor-thin margins in the battleground states of Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

Grenell is not among the candidates who Trump is considering to fill the role permanently but is involved in the process of selecting the next nominee.

Politico also reported that a former aide to Republican U.S. Representative Devin Nunes who later served in the National Security Council, Kash Patel, would serve as a senior adviser to Grenell. Stewart, who rose to the rank of major in the U.S. Air Force, has not commented on his prospects for DNI.

Both Republicans and Democrats were reported to have asked the intelligence agencies to provide evidence for their conclusion that Russian Federation is working to re-elect Trump.

Director of National Intelligence's Principal Executive Andrew Hallman is expected to soon depart, as is the ODNI's General Counsel Jason Klitenic, sources familiar with the matter confirm to ABC News. The report added that Republican lawmakers on the committee challenged the intelligence and highlighted the administration's actions against Russian Federation and its efforts to strengthen security in Europe.

Pierson, appointed in July 2019 by then-Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, works with intelligence agencies including the CIA, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security to identify anyone seeking to interfere with US elections.

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