NSC aide who assisted challenge Russia probe relocates to senior ODNI post

NSC aide who assisted challenge Russia probe relocates to senior ODNI post
‘s top staffer on the House Intelligence Committee and was the lead author of a report questioning the conduct of FBI and DOJ authorities examining Russia’s election interference.

Grenell, who has not served in any U.S. intelligence firm and will also continue as the U.S. ambassador to Germany, will not require Senate confirmation to work as acting director. Nor will Patel in his brand-new role.

On Thursday, Grenell won early assistance from 2 key members of GOP management. It’s uncertain if the majority of Republicans– especially on the Senate Intelligence Committee– are comfortable with the president’s choice. Intel Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) has actually remained notably silent on the president’s choice of Grenell as acting director.

Burr’s equivalent Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia, blasted the selection of Grenell, and said it was “an effort to sidestep the Senate’s constitutional authority to advise and consent on such crucial national security positions.”

The choice of Patel is most likely to raise hackles further among Democrats, who often tangled with the previous Nunes staffer when he worked on Capitol Hill.

ODNI’s Principal Executive Andrew Hallman, who has actually been carrying out the responsibilities of the primary deputy director of nationwide intelligence, will be leaving the office as quickly as Friday, according to 3 individuals knowledgeable about the matter. It’s not clear whether Hallman, who is weighing his next steps, will return to the CIA.

Spokespeople for the NSC and ODNI didn’t immediately react to ask for remark.

Natasha Bertrand contributed reporting.

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