Donald Trump, who has just announced the replacement of the director of the American intelligence, was furious against him because his services made known to elected officials of a Russian interference in the electoral campaign for the presidential election of 2020, reported media Thursday US.
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According to these sources, Trump let out his anger at Joe Maguire, the acting director of national intelligence (the agency that oversees the intelligence services), when he learned of a briefing on 13 February before the Intelligence Committee of the House of Representatives.
It is not immediately clear whether Mr. Trump objected to any particular part of this briefing, during which Mr. Maguire’s adviser, Shelby Pierson, allegedly told elected officials that Russia was back again interfering in the US elections to promote Trump’s candidacy.
But according to the New York Times, the president was particularly angry by the presence of Adam Schiff, the democrat who directed the parliamentary investigation following which the republican billionaire was charged with abuse of power and obstruction of the work of the Congress.
Joe Maguire was one of the favorites to become permanent director of intelligence, but according to the Washington Post, Mr. Trump turned on him when he was informed of the classified briefing.
The president then attacked Maguire during a meeting in the Oval Office last week, lambasting him for the “disloyalty” of his staff, according to the Washington Post. Which would have been the “catalyst” for the removal of Joe Maguire, according to the newspaper.
“We are counting on the intelligence services to inform Congress of any threat of foreign interference in our elections. If the information is true and the President interferes with it, then he is again jeopardizing our efforts to stop any foreign interference. Just like we warned it would, “Adam Schiff reacted on the evening on Twitter.
“The president has been in denial about foreign interference in the elections for three years because his ego cannot accept that Russia intervened in his favor,” for his part denounced the democrat Bennie Thompson, president of the commission on Homeland Security in the House of Representatives.
“In dismissing Maguire because his staff presented candid intelligence findings to Congress on Russian interference in the 2020 presidential election, the president is not only refusing to defend (the country) against foreign interference , he encourages them, “he added in a statement.
Since being acquitted by the Senate, dominated by Republicans, during his impeachment trial, Mr. Trump has dismissed several people, including in the Justice Department, the National Security Council or the Pentagon, finding them unfair .
Among them are Lieutenant-Colonel Alex Vindman and Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, two key witnesses in the impeachment investigation, and John Rood, number 3 in the Pentagon.
The president announced on Wednesday that he was replacing Maguire with Richard Grenell, the current U.S. ambassador to Germany, a loyal supporter of Donald Trump.
Since arriving at the White House, Trump has frequently ignored the advice of his former intelligence chief, Dan Coats, and kept him out of certain files, including relations with Russia.