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President Trump and his administration have continued to shake up the intelligence and justice communities which have been highlighted by a controversial intelligence community appointment.
According to The Hill:
President Trump is challenging two institutions with crucial roles to play in the next election with a controversial appointment to the intelligence community and tweets directed at the Justice Department.
The intelligence appointment underscored Trump’s priority of loyalty over experience, according to critics, while the tweets complicated proceedings at the Justice Department while creating turmoil for Attorney General William Barr.
“You’re seeing a real strain on these institutions and the strain is coming in the form of really challenging the norms under which they’ve operated in the past,” said Lisa Monaco, who served as assistant attorney general for national security during the Obama administration.
Trump’s appointment of Richard Grenell last week to serve as acting director of national intelligence (DNI) came under fierce criticism from Democrats and other observers. Grenell has been serving as U.S. ambassador to Germany and regularly offers vociferous defenses of Trump and attacks of his critics in the media. But he has little intelligence experience.
The criticism of this move was intensified by the intervention of AG William Barr into the sentencing of Roger Stone.