Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsBill Barr is trying his best to be Trump’s Roy CohnThe new American centerDemocratic Senate campaign arm raised more than .5 million in JanuaryMORE (R-Maine), one of the authors of the law that created the position of Director of National Intelligence in 2004, said Monday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpAdvisor: Sanders could beat Trump in TexasBloomberg rips Sanders over Castro commentsWhat coronavirus teaches us for preventing the next big bio threat MOREs pick to serve temporarily in the post, Richard Grenell, doesnt have the necessary experience for the job.
Collins, a senior member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said she would have preferred that Trump had appointed Joseph MaguireJoseph MaguirePresident Trump’s assault on checks and balances: Five acts in four weeksThe Hill’s Morning Report – Sanders steamrolls to South Carolina primary, Super TuesdayTrump allies assembled lists of officials considered disloyal to president: reportMORE, who until Friday had served as acting DNI, for the nations top intelligence post.
I would have much preferred that the president nominate the acting director Maguire for the post, Collins, who is up for re-election this year, said.
As one of the four authors of the law that created the DNI back in 2004, I care deeply about that position and believe the person needs experience in the intelligence community, which regrettably Ambassador Grenell does not have, Collins added.
Grenell, who until last week served as U.S. ambassador to Germany, does not have the same experience working with the intelligence community as some of his predecessors.
Maguire, who resigned on Friday, was a former Navy SEAL and a retired three-star admiral who led the Naval Special Warfare Command, a role that put him in charge of targeting and eliminating national security threats.
CNN reported last week that Trump became irate with Maguire after he allowed lawmakers to be briefed on the intelligence communitys belief that Russia is attempting to interfere in the 2020 election to help Trump win a second term.
Grenell is a staunch Trump supporter who sparked controversy during his time as the senior American diplomat in Germany. He criticized Germanys immigration and refugee policies and proclaimed that he wanted to empower conservative politicians throughout Europe.
One of his first moves as acting DNI was to hire Kashyap Patel, a former senior aide to Rep. Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesCongress set for clash over surveillance reforms Judge dismisses Nunes’ lawsuit against Fusion GPSTrump’s new intel chief makes immediate changes, ousts top officialMORE (R-Calif.), to a senior position. CBS News reported that Patels job will be to purge intelligence officials seen as insufficiently loyal to Trump.