- Trump’s acting secretary of defense told the director of the National Security Agency that he would appoint Trump loyalists as the agency’s top lawyer by 6 pm on Saturday.
- General Paul Nakasone, Director of the National Security Agency, failed to fulfill Christopher Miller’s request before the deadline.
- Nakasone does not approve of Ellis’ choice and is working hard to postpone his position.
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According to the Washington Post, Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller (Christopher Miller) told the Director of the National Security Agency to appoint Trump’s loyal supporters as the agency’s top lawyer.
According to CNN, Miller ordered the appointment of Michael Ellis as general counsel before 6 pm on Saturday, but as of the deadline, General Paul Nakazon, Director of the National Security Agency, did not follow the order. .
According to the New York Post, Paul C. Ney Jr., the Pentagon’s general counsel, had hired Ellis for this position as early as November, but he still did not hold the position. Complete administrative procedures.
His Bi election was held shortly after Biden was expected to win the presidential election. At about the same time, nearly a dozen senior government officials were fired and forced to resign or resign in protest, including President Donald Trump’s political cleansing of the Department of Defense.
Several sources told The Post that Nakasone did not approve of choosing Ellis for the position and wanted to postpone his position.
Sources told The Post that Nakasone and others worry that the Trump administration’s attempts to make politicians serve as civilians may violate a long-term policy.
National security legal experts have criticized Trump’s efforts to appoint Ellis to the position a few days before his departure.
In November, when Ellis’ nomination was first announced, Susan Hennessey, a former National Security Agency (NSA) attorney, said, “This appears to be an attempt to politicize important professional positions.”
Hennessy said on Saturday that if Ellis is installed, then Biden should remove him on the day he takes office.
“At this point, no one will extend the selection process because of suspicion. From all indications, Trump executives are violating the civil service and politicizing political roles. If Ellis takes office tonight, Biden should Dismissed him on the first day, she said in a tweet.