Joshua Rovner’s insightful response to my post on politicization by a loyalist director of national intelligence (DNI) focuses on the issue of public dissent. Rovner and I share many concerns about who President Trump may seek to install as DNI.
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Intelligence and Public Dissent: A Response to 'The Dangers of a Loyalist Director of National Intelligence'
Editor's Note: Austin Carson's response can be read here.
The earthquake took place yesterday, but today’s aftershocks continued to rock the Trump presidency.
First, the House Intelligence Committee released the whistleblower complaint. Then, amid presidential attacks on the whistleblower, the committee heard testimony from Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire, with Democrats battering him for his having withheld the complaint until yesterday.
Livestream: Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire Testifies Before House Intelligence Committee
Acting DNI Joseph Maguire will testify before the House Intelligence Committee at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday. His testimony will concern the whistleblower complaint reportedly involving President Donald Trump's July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Acting Diretor of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire released a statement yesterday about the ongoing standoff over the whistleblower complaint.
General Counsel for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), Jason Klitenic, released two responses to letters from House Permanent Special Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) Committee Chairman Adam Schiff regarding the on-going standoff between the two over an intelligence community whistleblower complaint. In his replies, Klitenic asserts that ODNI believes that they have no statutory obligation to share the information in question with the Committee.
On Sept. 13, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff issued a subpoena to Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire to compel the production of a whistleblower complaint.
Last week saw an important development in the continuing erosion of governmental checks and balances. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff subpoenaed Acting Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Joseph Maguire and wrote a blistering letter accusing Maguire of violating the law by withholding a whistleblower’s complaint from the Intelligence Committee.
The nomination-by-tweet of Republican Rep. John Ratcliffe of Texas as director of national intelligence (DNI) to replace outgoing DNI Dan Coats has drawn rapid and harsh condemnation from many political observers and even former intelligence officers for his apparent partisanship and lack of experience.
Can the president appoint whomever he wishes to serve as acting director of national intelligence (DNI) during the period between the resignation of Dan Coats (effective Aug. 15) and Senate confirmation of a successor? The president seems to think so, indicating in a tweet yesterday that “the Acting Director will be named shortly.”
....be leaving office on August 15th. I would like to thank Dan for his great service to our Country. The Acting Director will be named shortly.