Not sure why Ezra Cohen-Watnick was reassigned back to the Justice Dept (under Sessions) as reported on Maddow tonight and NYT this last week. He was fired after Flynn left, and right after the WH paper security information shuffle with Nunes was helped by Michael Ellis with security info.
The question is why he was reassigned and brought back in…and more curious seems like a hawkish ‘plant’ inside Sessions group.
"The official, Ezra Cohen-Watnick, will play an important role at the Justice Department, advising Mr. Sessions on counterintelligence and counterterrorism.
Mr. Cohen-Watnick is known to be hawkish on Russia and China, believing the intelligence community needs to take a more aggressive approach in countering their activities. Both countries conduct wide-ranging espionage in the United States that targets commercial and government secrets. Mr. Sessions is broadly viewed in the Justice Department as lacking expertise in the area.
The Justice Department declined to comment."
“Mr. Cohen-Watnick, 31, served briefly at the start of the Trump administration as the senior director for intelligence for the National Security Council, overseeing covert action and other intelligence programs. He was brought on by Michael T. Flynn, President Trump’s first national security adviser”
Mr. Cohen-Watnick was ousted in August 2017 as part of changes in the White House, one of several appointees of Mr. Flynn who were removed by his replacement, Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster."
“Mr. Cohen-Watnick did not provide the intelligence reports to Mr. Nunes.”
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SInce this outster in Aug 2017, McMaster left, Bolton in.