Grenell Gets to Work, Implements Hiring Freeze at ODNI
Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell got to work and initiated a hiring freeze.
President Trump last month named Ambassador Richard Grenell as Acting Head of the Office of Director of National Intelligence.
This move was going to shake up the rogue intelligence agencies who are notoriously anti-Trump.
Grenell made his first move this week by implementing a temporary hiring freeze.
Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell has initiated a temporary hiring freeze at the agency he was recently appointed to oversee, according to spokesperson Amanda Schoch, who emphasized that the move was “not an effort to purge” officials for political reasons.
“Since assuming his new role on Feb. 20, Acting DNI Grenell and the ODNI leadership team have embarked on a careful review of these studies completed prior to his arrival, with an eye to implementing key recommendations,” Schoch told CNN in a statement. “While the review is underway, Ambassador Grenell has asked for a temporary, short-term pause in external hiring. A similar hiring pause was implemented in 2018 as part of ODNI’s first Transformation effort.”
“Acting DNI Grenell has emphasized with ODNI leadership this review is not an effort to purge, as some have erroneously suggested. The goal is to make sure scarce Intelligence Community resources are used in the best way possible,” Schoch added, noting that further details will be provided after the specifics of the review are finalized.
Pro-Trump NSC staffer Kash Patel has been chosen to serve as senior advisor to Amb. Richard Grenell, Acting DNI chief.
Mr. Patel previously worked for hero Congressman Devin Nunes and he wrote the 2-page FISA memo released by Nunes in February of 2018 alleging the FBI/DOJ improperly obtained four FISA warrants on Trump campaign advisor Carter Page.
Patel was the lead investigator who annihilated Schiff and the Democrats in the Russia collusion hoax.
According to sources who spoke to CBS reporter Catherine Herridge, Grenell and Patel are mandated to “clean house” including a “top to bottom” review of ODNI operations.