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Paranoid Pelosi Urges Pentagon Head to Halt Installing New NSA General Counsel

Pelosi Urges Pentagon Head to Halt Installing New NSA General Counsel

BY IVAN PENTCHOUKOV January 18, 2021 Epoch Times

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Jan. 18 sent a letter to the acting Department of Defense secretary demanding that he halt the hiring of former Republican political operative Michael Ellis as the top lawyer at the NSA.

“I ask that you immediately cease plans to improperly install Michael Ellis as the new NSA General Counsel,” Pelosi wrote in the letter. “Public reporting indicates that Mr. Ellis, a relatively recent law school graduate with a limited resume, was selected due to interference by the White House, and was chosen over much more qualified candidates.”

Pelosi alleged that Ellis has been “reportedly involved in highly questionable activities that are disqualifying.” She demanded to review the details of Ellis’s civil service hiring process. She added that the circumstances and timing of the hiring decision “highly suspect.”

The National Security Agency (NSA) told several news outlets on Jan. 17 that it is moving forward with Ellis’s placement.

“Mr. Ellis accepted his final job offer yesterday afternoon,” an NSA spokesperson said. “NSA is moving forward with his employment.”

The general counsel of the Department of Defense has the authority to select candidates for the general counsel of the NSA.

“Once a candidate is selected through the merit system, given an offer and meets the requirements to be entered into the position, if that entry does not happen, it exposes the Department, Agency, and senior leadership to claims for a violation of the merit system principles and processes that are designed to protect the participants in such selections,” the Pentagon said in a statement.

“To be clear, congressional or media interest in a particular hiring action are not justification under the merit system principles and process to delay placing a selected qualified individual in a position.”

When Ellis’s selection was announced in November 2020, Sens. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Jack Reed (D-R.I.) requested that the DOD’s inspector general conduct a review.

Ellis joined the White House in 2017 and later became an attorney for the National Security Council in 2019. Some news outlets described him as a “loyalist” to President Donald Trump.

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said he opposes the NSA’s hiring of Ellis as its top lawyer. He told CBS News on Jan. 17 that the move is part of the Trump administration’s “effort to embed people in the civil service who are political and partisan actors.”

Pelosi echoed Schiff’s allegation in her letter.

“The efforts to install him or ‘burrow’ him into a highly sensitive intelligence position 72 hours prior to the beginning of a new Administration manifest a disturbing disregard for our national security. Therefore, this placement should not move forward,” Pelosi wrote.

Jack Phillips contributed to this report.

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Jester Moment
Jester Moment
January 19, 2021

Good! I’m glad Pelosi is scared. People guilty of high treason should be scared.

Black Picard
Reply to  Jester Moment
January 20, 2021

Pelosi & her swamprat ilk don’t scare much these days. I propose we call in Russel Edgington to drain the swamp since he doesn’t take kindly to bureaucrats. Plus, he’s got a few tricks up his sleeves.

Michael Woodbridge
Michael Woodbridge
January 19, 2021

The hypocrisy of the Democrats is amazing. Mr. Schiff claims that the Republicans “are trying to embed people in the civil service who are political and partisan actors”, which is of course precisely what he is trying to do.

January 19, 2021
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Susan Rarick
Susan Rarick
January 19, 2021

Says the lady trying to impeach a president that won’t be in the office to be removed from.
BTW do the democrats realize that if pushed forward – every previous president would now be open for Impeachment after the fact.
Carter – botched Iranian hostage — Impeach
Bush 41 – Savings and Loan — Impeach (posthumous)
Clinton – Regime change in the Balkans – Impeach
Bush 43 – Fake WMD’s – Impeach
Obama – Arab Spring – Impeach

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