The White House wants you to believe Trump was required by law to dismiss Joseph Maguire. He wasn’t.
WH national security adviser denies reports that Trump was angry over a DNI briefing to lawmakers that Russia is meddling in 2020, with a preference for Trump.
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) February 23, 2020
Trump lies about the circumstances surrounding Maguire's departure as acting DNI, claims "his time was up." (Maguire could've stayed on until someone else was confirmed by the Senate for the job.) pic.twitter.com/nU73YohlWv
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 23, 2020
I asked a senior White House official if Trump really removed Maguire over the Russia briefing. Official didn’t mince words.
“That’s absolutely why. Anyone from here on out that opposed POTUS will get fired.”
That bad, I asked?
“Yup,” official said. “He’s not f***ing around.”
— Alex Ward (@AlexWardVox) February 21, 2020