Massive Implications – President Trump Considering “Appointing” Ric Grenell For ODNI Position…

UPDATE:  Appointment Confirmed

Lots to unpack here.  Maggie Haberman is warning resistance allies in the Senate to prepare all defensive weapons against a possible Trump appointment of Ric Grenell as  Director of the Office of National Intelligence (ODNI).

Grenell currently serves as the U.S. Ambassador to Germany.  He can serve as “acting” ODNI, but to become permanent ODNI he would need to survive confirmation railroading by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI), Chairman Richard Burr and Vice Chair Mark Warner.  The SSCI is deep swamp and and participated in the coup effort against the office of the president.  The SSCI has a vested interest in controlling the ODNI position; hence their prior blocking of Representative John Ratcliffe.

[Via New York Times] … Mr. Grenell, whose outspokenness throughout his career as a political operative and then as ambassador has prompted criticism, is a vocal Trump loyalist who will lead a group of national security agencies often viewed skeptically by the White House.

He would take over from Joseph Maguire, who has served as the acting director of national intelligence since the resignation last summer of Dan Coats, a former Republican senator from Indiana. Mr. Grenell, who has pushed to advance gay rights in his current post, would apparently also be the first openly gay cabinet member.

Mr. Grenell did not respond to a request for comment, nor did a White House spokesman. The people familiar with the move cautioned that the president had a history of changing his mind on personnel decisions after they were revealed in the news media.

[…]  Under American law, Mr. Maguire had to give up his temporary role before March 12. He could return to his old job as director of the National Counterterrorism Center, but he might choose to step down from government.

Mr. Trump can choose any Senate-confirmed official to replace Mr. Maguire as the acting head of the nation’s 17 intelligence agencies.

[…] [Grenell’s] confirmation by the Senate is not assured, one reason the president intents to name him acting director, rather than formally nominating him for the job. (read more)

On May 23, 2019, President Trump granted current U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr with essentially the same intelligence review capabilities as the ODNI in an effort to empower the AG to bring sunlight upon intelligence community corruption.   Unfortunately, AG Barr did nothing with the power granted by the president.

The appointment of Grenell can be looked at as President Trump trying to cut the Gordian knot that exists due to a myriad of self-interests deep inside the intelligence apparatus.

The SSCI will not allow any ODNI office member to expose their corrupt intelligence operations.  Recently Oklahoma Senator James Lankford quietly quit the SSCI. It has been speculated that Lankford left the committee due to rank corruption and their ongoing plans to hide prior abuses.   Mitch McConnell selected Senator Ben Sasse to replace Lankford to retain and achieve the continued objectives of the committee.

The *tell* will be to watch how members of the SSCI respond to the Grenell appointment.

This could become ugly.

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380 Responses to Massive Implications – President Trump Considering “Appointing” Ric Grenell For ODNI Position…

  1. Eris says:

    Richard Grenell is the Zippo…

    Liked by 17 people

    • swimeasy says:

      Awesome! Love this appointment! MAGA, loyal, no nonsense, results oriented! He will turn it the homophobe moniker around to the leftists and corrupt.

      Go President Trump!

      Liked by 7 people

    • dbobway says:

      So AG William ‘the Cleaner’ Barr, now has a partner, who is loyal to the President.
      I think the President just put chili powder on Barr’s vanilla ice cream.
      “So my tweets make it hard to do your job?”
      “I’m going to bring in a sharp guy to help you, do your job, Bill.”
      Your Welcome!

      Liked by 10 people

      • John Good says:

        “I’m going to bring in a sharp guy to help you, do your job, Bill.”
        This is exactly Trump’s style, as he has been one of my business mentors since 79′ & I can see him saying something like this!
        You Americans are so fortunate to have Donald J. Trump as your MAGA President, while we here in Canada have the “Socialist-Twit White Obama” ruining the Country right now!
        Sure glad I am retired now & don’t have to compete for a job, in jobless Socialist Canada!

        Liked by 4 people

        • dbobway says:

          Thanks John,
          I just hit 65, I’m a cabinet guy.
          I lost my cabinet company in 2007,
          When the government, caused the mortgage crash. It put millions of us out of work and left us broke.
          Within a year of President Trump’s tenor.
          My phone started blowing up with work again.
          I lost 12 years of work, and now I’m to old to take advantage.
          My life is full of love and happiness, and I’m a healthy 65. Thanks to this great country we live in, I can still contribute.
          I live in Charlotte, I volunteered for the convention. My goal is 25 votes for the President, all 25 have never voted. It’s a good thing they’re good friends, I’m driving them crazy.

          Liked by 13 people

          • Snow White says:

            The city is booming and hopefully you can recover a few years of those 12 lost. I have to ask God to forgive me every time I think f obozo because the wretched miserable manchurian president destroyed millions of people’s livelihoods along with Bush Jr.

            Liked by 3 people

            • dbobway says:

              Oh heck Snow White,
              They came after me in highschool,
              I graduated in 1973, the teaching staff made sure that military kid with no money wouldn’t have the grades to get grants for college, just an A-1 rating for the draft so I could go to Vietnam.
              My first vote was Richard M. Nixon. He saved a young man who didn’t qualify as “A Fortunate Son” by canceling the draft. I was # ’13’ on the last lottery.
              Thank you Mr. President

              Liked by 1 person

              • bluenova1971 says:

                dbob, the year before I was eligible to be drafted, my birthday was in the high 200’s. The next year, after draft was cancelled, I was #3. Woulda been gone.

                Liked by 1 person

                • dbobway says:

                  I wonder if that transition, I was anticipated,
                  for a decade, changed my life forever.
                  Just another fork in the road.
                  One of those things I leave in God’s hands.
                  I have no other place to put it.

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    • Mncpo(ret) says:

      YES, he could be. Grenell is a fired up Patriot. He has blasted the EU, supported Brexit, condemned the “refugee” invasion of Europe and, personally, pissed of Merkel.

      He is an igniter, I love him.

      Liked by 7 people

    • albertus magnus says:

      Best appointment of the year so far!

      Liked by 2 people

  2. calbear84 says:

    Clean house Mr. President! The IC is the heart of the swamp, and Amb. Grenell will be the first gay ODNI, so dems can’t object 🙂

    Liked by 7 people

  3. calbear84 says:

    Clean house Mr. President! The IC is the heart of the swamp, and Amb. Grenell will be the first gay ODNI, so dems can’t object 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

  4. I hope it becomes ugly. Let’s get some disinfectants going in the SSCI.

    Liked by 6 people

  5. TarsTarkas says:

    Three, Two, One: Ric Grennell is a traitor to the Alphabet people.

    Liked by 3 people

  6. stan m says:

    well Cotton certainly isn’t corrupt

    Like

  7. Robert Smith says:

    You know Grenell will face the fight directly. Let’s see if he is to act as a hatchet man.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Deplorable_Infidel says:

      “Let’s see if he is to act as a hatchet man.”

      Trump and the Hatchet Man Maneuver

      https://www.jpost.com/Blogs/Think-With-Me/Trump-and-the-Hatchet-Man-Maneuver-504661

      “…Apparently, Liberals and never-Trumpers are so isolated in their political circles that they have no concept how things work in the real world of business and corporate America. For example, they completely fail to grasp the concept of the “hatchet man.”…”

      Sorry for the delay in posting. was having too much fun earlier watching the “debate” & the RALLY.

      Like

  8. SR says:

    PTrump knows all these problems and deep state actors but he is making all these changes after fake impeachment and same year election. The whole fake msm and people are talking democrats primary and election. May be Richard G is here for a short assignment. It’s interesting time now.

    Liked by 4 people

  9. cja says:

    These are the decisions of a man who knows he will be president in 2020

    Liked by 14 people

    • Yes, cja, they certainly appear to be just that.

      #MAGA2020KAG

      Liked by 1 person

      • litlbit2 says:

        As well as the man said yesterday, “I know many things”.

        IMHO, if I were working for the Clinton’s, DNC, GOPe, MSM and several others, I would Zip it! Pray for leniency you silly little people for what you have done against this Administration and all the Deplorables of this country including this USA, Karma is about to wreck your fake world.

        Anyone checking on the Secretary of Transportation and family members?

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    • TarsTarkas says:

      POTUS knows this is the time to act. Not AFTER the election, for he will then instantly become a lame duck, but before, when its seem fairly certain that he will be.

      Liked by 1 person

  10. ElTocaor says:

    God Bless you, Sundance!
    What’s the number of days Grenell can remaing ‘Acting’?

    Liked by 1 person

  11. weirdflunky says:

    Burn it down Mr Ambassador. Burn it all down

    Liked by 5 people

  12. SpotTheSpook says:

    Not gonna post a video (easy to find if you want) but Trump’s strategy reminds me of the Iranian Spider-Tailed Viper.

    Liked by 2 people

  13. It might be hard to intimidate a fellow like this given his proclivities are well established in the public domain. I hope to God, and I mean it, that this fellow is as loyal as he appears.
    I have not done the research yet, but I hope he is more than loyal. We need a badass in some of these positions.

    Liked by 10 people

    • Somebody says:

      From all appearances Grenell seems to be loyal. A bad ass? Well he can have quite the acid tongue when he wants, but is also a skilled diplomat and can employ a silver tongue too. I don’t think he’s easily intimidated and he’s proven to be a loyal soldier.

      He’s quite an interesting pick, since his background is diplomacy and communications. If he is the pick it’s because POTUS trusts him, is frustrated with the slow pace of Barr/Durham and yes, Grenell will be his Zippo. Although I think Ric the bic has a nice ring 😉

      Liked by 17 people

  14. Leaving says:

    I would like someone to give ideas on how he could be approved if they don’t want him. What leverage does Trump have to get him approved?

    If the goal is not approval but just the fight, how could that be beneficial?

    Liked by 1 person

  15. FofBW says:

    Gotta start somewhere and what better place with a proven doer. Just the kind PT likes.

    Liked by 5 people

    • Peoria Jones says:

      And yet here we go again with the enemedia spin. FTA:

      “Mr. Grenell, whose outspokenness throughout his career as a political operative and then as ambassador has prompted criticism…”

      Criticism from whom, Maggie Haterman? You and your commie Dem resistor pals? Certainly not criticism from anyone I know and respect.

      Liked by 5 people

  16. StanH says:

    Make your moves President Trump. Free America approves.

    Liked by 11 people

  17. avi says:

    lets see Mittens who fired Grenell for being gay , will condemn this.
    Please Mittens go on TV to condemn it , please

    Liked by 13 people

  18. Dibs says:

    Send Ben Sasse has some historical problems with overseeing the congression Pages

    Like

  19. PDJT should assign RG to acting ODNI then nominate Ratcliff or some other that will have a snowball’s chance in hell to get confirmed. Then when the nominee fails to be confirmed RG can continue to serve:

    Under the Vacancies Act, an acting secretary can serve 210 days from when the position was made vacant (or 300 days if it’s the administration’s first year). If the nomination of a permanent official fails, the acting secretary can serve an additional 210 days. Should a second nomination process fail, the acting secretary can serve a final 210 days more.

    Liked by 19 people

  20. TreeClimber says:

    Hope that his possible appointment of a gay cabinet member doesn’t bite him with evangelicals.

    Like

    • mugzey302 says:

      Comment deleted by Admin…

      Liked by 2 people

    • TarsTarkas says:

      Trump is a multiple divorcee. Democrats thought they could split Evangelicals from him because of that. Didn’t work partly because their offering for the top job was measureably worse.

      Like

    • Gigi the Old says:

      During the time of the Judges in Old Israel, God let the Philistines, Midianites, etc…enslave them, Then when they cried out to Him and repented of their idolatry, God raised a man to deliver them. Like Samson who fooled around with the Philistine girls. So it would not be the first time God uses a man whose lifestyle he condemns to accomplish His desired ends…

      Like

  21. Just imagine if someone inside of that rat infested swamp were to bring sunlight and transparency!

    Witness statement from Assange, sealed records opened up, corruption for all to see in daylight, Obama’s records open and so on.

    The rats on both sides are probably panicking. But President Trump needs to finally go on the offensive after Barr has completely botched the job.

    Liked by 4 people

  22. Father of 3 Gen Zers says:

    I expect President Trump make Grenell Acting ODNI. I expect Grenell will perform as Acting ODNI. While the “resistance allies in the Senate to prepare all defensive weapons against” him, President Trump and Grenell will go on offense. He will not pull his own name out of consideration regardless of the attempts to blackmail or smear him. He comes across as a fighter and he has a fighter on his side in this Tag Team event. Epic!

    Liked by 2 people

  23. WeThePeople2016 says:

    Liked by 10 people

  24. Bogeyfree says:

    In reading the Vacancy Act, PT has them over a barrel by making Grenell ACTING ODNI because….

    1) Grenell already meets the advise and consent rule (confirmed by Senate) so he can be ACTING Director tomorrow, without any need or hearing from the Senate.

    2) Because of this he automatically gets 210 days to serve as ACTING ODNI Director.

    3) Come 210 days PT simply nominates someone who the SSCI will absolutely reject and Grenell gets to serve an ADDITIONAL 210 days

    4) Added together that is 420 days or around 14 months.

    5) By then PT is re-elected, has 5-8 new, Additional Republican Senators and Grenell will easily be confirmed when PT officially nominates him to become THE ODNI Director, by simple majority vote in the full Senate regardless what SSCI Committee thinks.

    6) And if We the People are smart we sacrifice Mitch in Nov election to send a message to RINO’s to get on the Trump Train or We the People we help you off.

    “In general, a temporary appointment under the Vacancies Act continues until no later than 210 days after the date the vacancy occurred or, if the vacancy occurred during a Senate recess, 210 days after the date the Senate reconvenes. The time restriction is suspended, and the acting officer can continue to serve, if a first or second nomination for the position has been submitted to the Senate for confirmation and is pending. The acting officer can continue to serve for an additional 210 days after the rejection, withdrawal, or return of such a nomination.”

    If PT can do this with ODNI he can do the same as I outlined before if Barr resigns. Simply insert Munchin as ACTING AG and to help him PT makes Sidney Powell a WH Presidential Appointee or Justice Czar to “assist” Munchin in running the DOJ. And of course PT gives BOTH Munchin and Powell full declass authority to read and review everything.

    Now think what a team of Grenell and Powell could do for truth and justice for all!

    I love my President!

    Liked by 9 people

  25. JohnCasper says:

    “Mr. Trump can choose any Senate-confirmed official to replace Mr. Maguire as the acting head of the nation’s 17 intelligence agencies.”

    How many intelligence agencies does it take to screw in a light bulb ?.

    Liked by 7 people

  26. Someone 100% having no aversion to ruthlessness in defense of the Republic, and not overly sensitive about any “rules” for reckoning with domestic enemies is needed for ODNI, a kind of Doc Holliday in a trench coat duster, happy to smile and whistle while he works as a vermin exterminator dumping a bag of hungry rattlesnakes down every rat hole.

    Liked by 6 people

  27. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    “Mr. Grenell, who has pushed to advance gay rights in his current post, would apparently also be the first openly gay cabinet member.”

    Under “normal” circumstances, this should afford him “protection” from the left wing nutjobs proceeding to drive this country into oblivion with their ideology.

    I doubt if that will apply in this case because of rampant untreated TDS that has swept through their ranks. Let their true colors fly.
    “Tolerance”?
    They will show the world how much tolerance they really have.

    “This could become ugly.”

    They (seditious conspiratorial traitors) deserve everything that may come their way. Our VSGPDJT has a knack for exposing and flushing them out. Unfortunately, due to an equally corrupt (for the most part) MSM, it is a slow laborious process.

    Please proceed….

    Liked by 2 people

  28. Does this mean he will release the unredacted version of these reports like the FISC Judge Collier wrote and finally find out who the FBI contractors were and the individuals they were tracking in the about query’s?

    Liked by 1 person

  29. POTUS has confirmed Grenell as acting DNI via Tweet, expected to start tomorrow.

    That was rather quick.

    Liked by 9 people

  30. vikingmom says:

    Are any members of the SSCI up for reelection this year? If any of them suddenly announce they want to “spend more time with family” it would be a huge tell…

    Liked by 4 people

  31. islandpalmtrees says:

    What about using the Law against the SSCI. If President Trump can appoint temporary ODNI directors. Then prepare a series of temporary ODNI job holders, to continue to rotate through the job with the predecessor, updating the successors with all of the information. In effect, forming a very special team reporting to the President.

    O’yes add a human resource cut throat to the AG’s office reporting to the President only. His or her cut is to fire people. AG Barr will not be allowed to affect this person in anyway.

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  32. Gunner says:

    “The SSCI will not allow any ODNI office member to expose their corrupt intelligence operation.” That, Sundance, is precisely what POTUS is doing. Let it get ‘ugly’ — swamp cleaning usually is.

    Liked by 4 people

  33. Ric “SwampSlayer” Grenell

    Overdue for a Trump BadAss.

    Great post, Sundance!

    Liked by 9 people

  34. AJ. says:

    Comment deleted by Admin…

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  35. lolli says:

    Awesome. As ODNI, Grenell can release the documents.
    Very, very, interesting.
    MAGA🇺🇸

    Liked by 1 person

    • Bogeyfree says:

      So if a MAGA supporter is now in control of releasing the documents that leaves all eyes back on AG Barr who has to REQUEST them.

      We know Grenell will release ASAP IF asked so if there is any delay or clog in the pipe one can only surmise it is coming from the DOJ at this point, right?

      Time to shxx or get off the pot!

      Brilliant move PT

      Liked by 2 people

    • GB Bari says:

      I don’t think the DNI can declass by himself, if memory serves me.

      Sundance has previously described (several times) the process that document declassification must go through,and it involves multiple officials in the IC, DOJ, FBI “signing off” on the declass., depending on the nature of the classified info in each document.

      If I am wrong I am sure someone here will provide the correction.

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  36. AJ. says:

    Didn’t Grenell also negotiate Assange’s arrest???

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  37. John says:

    His mission, if he chooses to take it, is to clean out the Senate intelligence committee, before they have a chance to torpedo his nomination or suicide him.
    https://external-content.duckduckgo.com/iu/?u=http%3A%2F%2Fuploads.neatorama.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2012%2F03%2Fself-destruct-2-150×195.jpg&f=1&nofb=1

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    • Wethal says:

      He can serve as acting without confirmation for 210 days because he already went through one confirmation hearing for the ambassadorship. A man can do a lot in 210 days..

      Liked by 1 person

  38. cboldt says:

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  39. Moms for Trump says:

    Very happy with this move! Remember last week, after Barr’s comment about Trump’s tweets making his job impossible, then Grenell said that Trump’s tweets made his (Grenell’s) job easier. Love it!

    Liked by 7 people

  40. BuckNutGuy says:

    I can’t stop laughing. Best President ever.

    Liked by 3 people

  41. Wethal says:

    “The news of his possible assignment immediately set off a fury of criticism from Democrats. Former United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power tweeted that, in naming a partisan warrior like Grenell, Trump is ‘taking steps to destroy America’s fact-based institutions, at the same time he eviscerates rule of law.’

    Tapping Grenell, ‘who has politicized every issue he has touched & has contempt for facts, would be a travesty,’ Powers added.”

    -Politico

    If this isn’t a recommendation, I don’t know what is.

    Liked by 12 people

  42. john another says:

    “Under American law, Mr. Maguire had to give up his temporary role…”.
    WTH other law did NYT have to distinguish this from?

    Liked by 2 people

  43. Bob, Esq. says:

    This is insane.

    The fact that the President of the United States has to appoint someone with little to no intelligence experience as Director overseeing all 17 intelligence agencies–simply to uncover evidence of corruption — indicates just how much the “deep state” has harmed our national defense.

    Liked by 1 person

  44. sundance says:

    Here’s the first shot…

    Liked by 9 people

  45. B. Franklin says:

    Grennel is right for the ODNI position because Mitch the turtle is aware of ssci be.
    Barr is not doing anything.
    Grennel is going to have to break the code. I think it is a wise decision by PT.

    Liked by 3 people

  46. KMD says:

    Most recent iteration of the ‘Scaramucci model’. IE, put an ‘acting’ person in place that will draw fire from, identify & subsequently clear out obstacles to the MAGA agenda…

    Mooch got rid of RINO reince, and a few other crap weasels, then split. Job well done!

    Not to equate these two men, by all accounts, Mr Grenell appears an actual patriot. Let’s hope he get in there, kicks azz & takes names…

    Liked by 1 person

    • steph_gray says:

      But in all the kerfuffle of the last week, I have forgotten to ask – wasn’t there some mention of Reince P returning to the White House?

      I think the item said he and someone else from the early days were both returning…

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  47. calbear84 says:

    “The move would put a Trump loyalist atop the intelligence agencies long viewed skeptically by the White House.”
    Gee Maggie, name a president who appoints someone NOT loyal to him for a cabinet position. And see if you can think of any reason the IC shouldn’t be outright distrusted, let alone “viewed skeptically”.

    Liked by 6 people

  48. LafnH20 says:

    That bird is flying AWFULLY low over a attentive and patient Fox.

    Wouldn’t you say…

    Wonder 🤔 what kind of bird That is?

    Liked by 2 people

  49. Derangement Syndrome says:

    I think Donald has had enough of Bill “Sessions” Barr.

    Rosenstein declassified way more than Barr has, its absurd.

    It’s almost like Trump bestowed that declassification power to Barr in order to test Bill’s loyalty.

    Are you loyalty to the TRUTH or the INSTITUTIONS?

    Barr made his choice, he chose the institutions.

    People are pointing out that Grennel orchestrated the arrest of Assange. To me, that ploy is to FORCE Wikileaks to “out their source” of the leaked emails in their defense before a judge. They’ve refused to do otherwise, while dropping major hints along the way.

    With Grennel as acting DNI, Trump will FINALLY be in control. Travel safely ambassador.

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