Sometime on Monday, the Pentagon caves to pressure from the White House and names Michael Ellis the new top lawyer for the National Security Agency (NSA).
Ellis is a GOP operative who served as counsel to Rep. Devin Nunes before being promoted to serving the National Security Council. Earlier this year, he was promoted again to senior director for intelligence.
With his new position, Ellis will not be easily replaced when the next administration takes over.
Ellis is best known for two scandals in the Trump years.
First, in March 2017 he provided Nunes access to intelligence files hoping they could be useful in pinning a crime on Barack Obama. (They weren’t.)
Later, in 2019, it was Ellis who suggested that a memo of Trump’s impeachment-level phone call with the president of Ukraine should be moved to the highest classified server available in the White House.
Ellis is also a friend of Kashyap “Kash” Patel who also receives a promotion this week.
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