Incoming Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell, who previously served as the U.S. Ambassador to Germany, has been given a mandate in his new position: clean house.
To get the job done, Grenell is hiring staff with a history of finding abuse, specifically with the FISA court, inside the intelligence community.
CBS News reporter Catherine Herridge has the story.
#BREAKING Source close to matter tells @CBSNews NSC staffer Kash Patel tapped to serve as senior adviser to Amb. Rick Grenell, acting Intel chief (DNI.) Source said mandate is to “#cleanhouse including “top to bottom” review DNI operations that expanded dramatically since 2005.— Catherine Herridge (@CBS_Herridge) February 21, 2020
#Flashback ONLY TV interview Kash Patel @CBSNews on FISA, Durham denies allegations of role in “Ukraine back channel” Patel is republican house staffer who identified problems four FISA applications; later confirmed by IG Horowitz. https://t.co/9FwibnJeVt— Catherine Herridge (@CBS_Herridge) February 21, 2020
Meanwhile, Grenell is serving in a temporary capacity at DNI. President Trump is actively looking for a permanent director.
Thank you to our great US Ambassador to Germany, @RichardGrenell, for stepping in to serve as acting DNI. I will be nominating a terrific candidate for the job very soon. Stay tuned!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 21, 2020