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Wed Jan 20, 2021, 10:25 AM

Did the NSA lawyer/mole successfully burrow in?

Haven't heard an update. Getting to the server with the Ukraine conversation should be high on State's agenda. We need to understand what happened to move forward in our foreign policy.

By the way what is seen might lead to a referral to the DoJ. Just saying.

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Reply Did the NSA lawyer/mole successfully burrow in? (Original post)
exboyfil Jan 2021 OP
MineralMan Jan 2021 #1
aquamarina Jan 2021 #3
MineralMan Jan 2021 #5
Layzeebeaver Jan 2021 #6
Jersey Devil Jan 2021 #2
dalton99a Jan 2021 #4

Response to exboyfil (Original post)

Wed Jan 20, 2021, 10:35 AM

1. It doesn't really matter. Here's why:

The man was installed as a General Counsel. As such, he will only have access to any classified information on a "need-to-know" basis. He will never "need to know" anything of any importance, nor will he be able to make any policies.

The NSA is expert at stashing political appointees away where they can do no harm. The job is really just a sinecure. He could stay there until retirement without every seeing anything classified higher than SECRET.

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Response to MineralMan (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 20, 2021, 10:46 AM

3. No doubt,

But we the taxpayers still get stuck footing the bill.

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Response to aquamarina (Reply #3)

Wed Jan 20, 2021, 10:48 AM

5. Well, government agencies are full of people who do nothing.

That's especially true of those who have been placed in them by Presidents. On appointment, they're given an office and a desk, but nothing really to do. That will be the case with that NSA placement by Trump.

Oh, yes, they do give you a red stapler, though.

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Response to MineralMan (Reply #5)

Wed Jan 20, 2021, 11:08 AM

6. and hopefully a quick move down to the b b b b basement!

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Response to exboyfil (Original post)

Wed Jan 20, 2021, 10:45 AM

2. Maybe Joe can't fire him but he can reassign him

Counting penguins at an outpost in Antarctica is a possibility. As a civil service employee his job is protected (somewhat) but he is not protected from reassignment.

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Response to exboyfil (Original post)

Wed Jan 20, 2021, 10:48 AM

4. Ellis is utterly unfit and unqualified. He's a Nunes protege and Trump lapdog who should be removed.

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