REPORT: Ousted national security aide to join Justice Department


DML News brings you the following information from WASHINGTONEXAMINER.COM:

A former National Security Council aide who was ousted last year during a period of turnover on President Trump’s NSC has joined the Justice Department as an adviser to Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Ezra Cohen-Watnick, a former liaison between the White House and the intelligence community, first entered the spotlight amid controversy in March 2017 over his reported contact with House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif. Cohen-Watnick was named as the staffer who passed information to Nunes about potential surveillance abuses that occurred during the Obama administration, and Nunes later passed that information onto Trump, causing a firestorm that resulted in Nunes’ recusal from his panel’s Russia investigation.

The article went on to state the following:

But the former NSC aide will soon join Sessions’ team, a Justice Department official confirmed to the Washington Examiner.

Cohen-Watnick’s departure last fall came as H.R. McMaster, then Trump’s national security adviser, attempted to fill his team with new staffers and rotate out the people former national security adviser Michael Flynn had hired.

In August, DML News reported that red flags went up when McMaster started purging the National Security Council of Trump loyalists. Watnick-Cohen was one of those fired by McMaster.

President Trump can reverse McMaster’s firings, as he did overrule the effort in March to oust Ezra Watnick-Cohen, 31, the staffer who exposed Obama’s spying on Trump’s people. McMaster had tried to replace him with Anne Patterson, a woman who had drafted the Benghazi talking points and a Muslim Brotherhood ally. White House aides Jared Kushner and Steve Bannon clashed with McMaster over that decision and eventually brought the matter straight to the president, who overruled it.

However, McMaster has now fired Watnick-Cohen outright. He was one of the few remaining staffers who had originally been hired by Flynn.

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