Trump lashed out at acting DNI Maguire over alleged staff disloyalty: report
Added 02-20-20 03:58:02pm EST - “President Trump erupted at Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire in a meeting last week over concerns about Maguire's staff's loyalty, the Washington Post” - Thehill.com
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpChasten Buttigieg: 'I've been dealing with the likes of Rush Limbaugh my entire life' Lawmakers paint different pictures of Trump's 'opportunity zone' program We must not turn our heads from the effects of traumatic brain injuries MORE erupted at Director of National Intelligence Joseph MaguireJoseph MaguireThe Hill's Morning Report - Democrats duke it out during Nevada debate Hillicon Valley: Barr threatens tech's prized legal shield | House panel seeks information from Amazon's Ring | Trump DOJ backs Oracle in Supreme Court fight against Google | TikTok unveils new safety controls Top Democrat on Senate Intel panel pans Trump's DNI pick MORE in a meeting last week over concerns about Maguire's staff's loyalty, the Washington Post reported on Thursday.
The reported incident occurred shortly before Trump announced on Wednesday Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell would take over from Maguire as the acting intelligence chief.
Trump decided against nominating Maguire for the post on a permanent basis after learning a member of his staff, Shelby Pierson, gave a classified briefing last Thursday to the House Intelligence Committee regarding election security, the newspaper reported, citing people familiar with the matter.
The specific contents of Pierson’s briefing are unknown, but Trump appeared to believe she had given information specifically to Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffGraham: Trump has 'all the legal authority in the world' to pardon Stone Roger Stone sentenced to over three years in prison Top intelligence community lawyer leaving position MORE (D-Calif.) that would be beneficial to Democrats if made public, the people familiar with the matter told the Post.
Trump was furious and held O’Brien personally responsible when the two next met, the Post reported, resulting in a “dressing down” by the president and which served as “the catalyst” for Trump ultimately opting to appoint Grenell.
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