Trump Appears To Have Picked New Acting DNI So Russia Can Interfere In 2020
Based on published reports, it appears that President Donald Trump tapped Richard Grenell, the current U.S. Ambassador to Germany, to be his new acting director of national intelligence so that Russia could interfere in the 2020 election without issue.
The Daily Beast’s Sam Stein noted that Trump decided to replace acting DNI Joseph Maguire — whose term was due to end on March 12 — after learning of a House Intelligence Committee briefing in which lawmakers were informed that Russia was interfering in the upcoming election in a bid to reelect Trump.
Reports indicate that Trump was angered by the briefing, believing that Democrats would use the information against him. After berating Maguire in the Oval Office, the president soon decided to let the acting DNI go early — which leads Stein to his next point.
Trump opted to replace Maguire with Grenell, who has made a name for himself as a Trump loyalist and vocal supporter of the president.
Grenell also has made clear that he supports and hoped to empower some of the worst elements of German society, including racists and pro-Russian idealogues (with split loyalties).
The ambassador made waves early in his tenure when he told Breitbart’s Chris Tomlinson in 2018: “I absolutely want to empower other conservatives throughout Europe, other leaders. I think there is a groundswell of conservative policies that are taking hold because of the failed policies of the left.”
Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), who sits on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said of Grenell’s appointment: “If there was any doubt that Donald Trump values unquestioning obedience over the safety of the American people, this appointment settles the question.”
Some on Capitol Hill are worried that Democrats will be kept from having full briefings on Russian election interference efforts due to Trump’s apparent objection, according to The Daily Beast.
Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL) told the publication he is concerned over recent developments and worries that those in the intelligence community simply trying to do their jobs could face repercussions from the White House.
“If you don’t agree with the king, you’re gone,” Quigley said. “That has a chilling effect on people being willing to tell the truth, and that makes us less safe.”