(USA Features) Staffers at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence say they are “so sick” of House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff’s “politicizing” of the Intelligence Community.
The complaints came a day after Schiff sent a letter to acting ODNI Richard Grennell raising concerns over his recent “organizational and personnel changes.”
One intelligence official noted to The Daily Caller that letters sent to ODNI by the Senate Intelligence Committee include signatures from both Chairman Richard Burr and Ranking Member Mark Warner and, oftentimes, additional Senators from both parties.
Schiff’s letter, the official noted, was sent from his office alone, without the notarization of Ranking Member Devin Nunes (R-Calif.).
“The [ODNI] staffers are so sick and tired of [Schiff] politicizing the intelligence community for his own gain,” the official told Daily Caller. “Notice how he sent the letter to the media before he sent it to ODNI.”
A second intelligence official told the news site that the Senate committee had not told Grenell and his office not to make personnel changes.
In his letter, Schiff complained about Grenell’s replace replacement of Acting Director of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) Russ Travers with Lara Shioa, the first woman ever-tapped to lead the nation’s counterterrorism efforts.
“President Trump did not nominate you for confirmation as permanent DNI, and it would be inappropriate for you to pursue any additional leadership, organizational, or staffing changes to ODNI during your temporary tenure,” the letter reads. “Any effort, moreover, to remove or otherwise institute personnel actions against apolitical career officers based on their perceived loyalty to the President would contravene civil services protections.”
There are no rules prohibiting acting directors from making personnel changes.
The Daily Caller added that Schiff demanded that Grenell inform the committee, in writing, of all personnel changes by April 16 and his reasons for making them. And it asks Grenell to turn over any communications between the ODNI and the White House regarding the replacement of Travers and former Acting Deputy Director of National Intelligence, Peter Hall.
Schiff also wrote that the House Intelligence Committee would be investigating both matters and urged Grenell against attempting to interfere in either probe.