Trump Sacked His Intelligence Chief for Warning Congress About Russia

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Is this the reason why Trump installed a loyalist troll with no relevant experience as the acting director of national intelligence?


Intelligence officials reportedly told the House Intelligence Committee that Russia is once again interfering in the election on behalf of Donald Trump.

U.S. intelligence officials told members of the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee in a classified briefing last week that Russia was again interfering in American politics ahead of November’s election, a person familiar with the discussion told Reuters. [...]

Last week’s classified congressional briefing sparked a sharp response by Trump, who rebuked acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire for allowing his staff to brief the lawmakers, including Democratic House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, who led the impeachment inquiry, the New York Times reported, quoting five people familiar with the matter.

Trump then dismissed Maguire, announcing this week that Richard Grenell, a Trump loyalist, would be the acting intelligence chief, even as he continues serving as U.S. ambassador to Germany. His appointment drew sharp rebukes from Democrats and other critics who said Grenell lacked intelligence experience.

So, it's crystal clear what happened here.

Trump replaced a qualified intelligence official with a used car salesman because the salesman will help him avoid future damaging headlines. Trump is also placing our national security and the integrity of the next election at risk to protect himself, but that's a feature, not a bug.

Even if you don't believe that Trump directly coordinates with the Russian government, it's abundantly clear that all other concerns are secondary to his own ego and vanity.

Moscow issued statements this morning to deny that they're interfering in the election again, but of course they would say that.

  • muselet

    If you’re competent and do your job, the Trump administration will remove you and install a toady in your place.

    On the other hand, if you’re competent and do your job, you’re unlikely to be working in the Trump administration in the first place.


  • Draxiar

    Every single republican that voted to leave that crooked hooker in office is responsible for everything he does from the moment of their vote until he’s out. Also, the next Democrat elected president is now pretty much forced to to investigate everything in this current administration…including McConnell who violated his oath of office numerous times.

    • Christopher Foxx

      My big fear is, once Trump’s out, the Democrat that follows him will give the “For the good of the country” excuse and avoid investigating the actions of their predecessor. “For the good of the country” in large part, of course, being a cover for “I don’t wanna because I’m afraid if I do the Republicans will be mean to me.”

      But they’ll do that no matter how clean or obsequious the next Democratic President has. Because that’s what the Republicans now do. That’s what they are.

      I get why Ford pardoned Nixon. There were serious things he saw he needed to deal with and he wouldn’t be able to do so when it was painfully obvious the only thing of interest to most everyone was an investigation into Nixon. He felt he had to get that off the table, and I fully get that.

      But in hindsight, it was a terrible, terrible mistake. Yes, investigating and revealing all about Nixon would have meant an extremely difficult and painful time for the country. But not doing so has helped build a growing lack of accountability.

      If Trump can do all that he has done, and isn’t held accountable, than that will become the new norm. Prosecuting and jailing him will be surrounded by cries of partisanship and will drive just about everything else off the agenda. It will be brutal and destructive and horrendous.

      But if it isn’t, then in a generation (because it will take at least that long to get distance from it) instead of having folks who recognize that the rule of law does apply to all and those in power do not get to escape from their treason unscathed (whether they’ll admit it or not, they’ll still know it’s true), we’ll instead have an actual dictatorship.

      • Draxiar

        Agreed. It may not be what the next administration *wants* to do it’s what they *need* to do. I think the only thing that will help the “country to heal” is if he’s held to account. Otherwise the rule of law means nothing.

        • Christopher Foxx

          It would require the next President (and Congress) to put country ahead of personal. Because it will be unbelievably rough. And they’ll be remembered for nothing else, and most likely in a negative light for a very, very long time.

          But we really need someone to stand up and say “Ill take the hit. I’ll be remembered as a terrible President, but it needs to be done and that burden falls to me.”

  • Badgerite

    Traitor. Traitor. Traitor. Traitor. Traitor………..

    • Draxiar

      They’re well aware and they don’t care. Power is all that matters.