Acting Defense Secretary orders NSA chief to install Trump loyalist as agency general counsel

Acting Defense Secretary orders NSA chief to install Trump loyalist as agency general counsel

Christopher Miller, who said just two days earlier that he was anxious to quit his job, ordered the NSA chief to install Michael Ellis as general counsel by 6 p.m. Saturday, but the NSA director, General Paul Nakasone did not act by the deadline, leaving it uncertain what Miller or the White House would do.

Ellis was first selected for the post in early November, just two days after Joe Biden was declared the winner of the presidential election and amid a political purge from various agencies, including the Defense Ministry.

The Pentagon declined to comment. This story was first reported by the Washington Post.

But Ellis’ installation stalled, according to the Washington Post, due to administrative procedures, including the need for a polygraph test, leaving Miller to lobby in the final days of Trump’s four-year tenure.

Days after Ellis was selected for the job in November, shortly after President Donald Trump fired the then Defense …
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