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From the Wall Street Journal:

WASHINGTON—The acting chief of the National Counterterrorism Center and his deputy were fired Wednesday, according to people familiar with the matter, the latest in recent personnel changes that have alarmed current and former officials worried that President Trump is politicizing the U.S. intelligence community.

Russell Travers [above right, during Senate testimony in 2018], a veteran counterterrorism official who took charge of NCTC last summer, was dismissed by Richard Grenell, the acting director of national intelligence, the people said. The White House nominated a new head of NCTC on Wednesday, tapping Christopher Miller, a Pentagon counterterrorism official.

Mr. Grenell, formerly the ambassador to Germany, is seen as a Trump loyalist who has scant intelligence experience. He was named to his post after his predecessor, Joseph Maguire, a retired Navy vice admiral, was berated by the president over how a subordinate briefed lawmakers about Russia’s potential goals in interfering in the 2020 election.

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