The Justice Dept now has a White House re-tread to help as a national security adviser. The re-hire, Ezra Cohen-Watnick, will be helping the Attorney General in the areas of counterintelligence and counterterrorism. Wikipedia had this to say about Cohen-Watnick at the White House:
Cohen-Watnick was brought into the United States National Security Council by Michael T. Flynn, the former Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency and President Donald Trump’s first National Security Advisor. He was named the NSC’s Senior Director for Intelligence Programs. This directorship was intermittently held by detailed CIA officers. Like Cohen-Watnick, the immediate preceding Senior Director from the Obama Administration was a political appointee. Some viewed Cohen-Watnick’s appointment as a sign of Trump’s mistrust of the CIA. Following Flynn’s resignation in February 2017, the new National Security Advisor, H. R. McMaster, attempted to remove Cohen-Watnick, but he was overruled by Trump.
Cohen-Watnick was “let go” by H. R. McMaster but now he is back.
As Written and Reported By Adam Goldman for the New York Times:
WASHINGTON — A former American intelligence official who came under intense scrutiny during a stint at the White House last year is returning to government as the national security adviser to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, according to a person familiar with the decision.
The official, Ezra Cohen-Watnick, will play an important role at the Justice Department, advising Mr. Sessions on counterintelligence and counterterrorism.
Mr. Cohen-Watnick is known to be hawkish on Russia and China, believing the intelligence community needs to take a more aggressive approach in countering their activities. Both countries conduct wide-ranging espionage in the United States that targets commercial and government secrets. Mr. Sessions is broadly viewed in the Justice Department as lacking expertise in the area.
The Justice Department declined to comment.
Mr. Cohen-Watnick, 31, served briefly at the start of the Trump administration as the senior director for intelligence for the National Security Council, overseeing covert action and other intelligence programs. He was brought on by Michael T. Flynn, President Trump’s first national security adviser. But some former officials criticized Mr. Cohen-Watnick, a……
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