(PresidentialInsider)- Far-left Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sent a letter to the acting Department of Defense secretary on January 18, attempting to halt the hiring of Michael Ellis to become the top lawyer at the National Security Agency.
And no, it’s not because of credentials. It’s because Ellis is a Republican political operative and was favored by President Donald Trump.
Pelosi asked Christopher C. Miller to halt the hiring of Ellis, and engaged in the usual smear campaign tactics used to take down President Trump, accusing the NSA hopeful of only being chosen because of “interference” from the White House.
“I ask that you immediately cease plans to improperly install Michael Ellis as the new NSA General Counsel,” Pelosi said, incorrectly claiming that installation of Ellis is improper.
“Public reporting indicates that Mr. Ellis, a relatively recent law school graduate with a limited resume, was selected due to interference by the White House, and was chosen over much more qualified candidates,” she added.
Public reporting also claimed that President Donald Trump conspired with Russia to win the 2016 election, and even with the unlimited sums of money thrown at an FBI investigation into the claims couldn’t find any evidence to support that claim.
Pelosi then alleged that Ellis had been involved in “highly questionable activities that are disqualifying” and then demanded that she be able to review the hiring of Ellis because the timing of the decision was “highly suspect.”
Is there a nastier or more divisive person in politics than Nancy Pelosi?
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s efforts, if successful, would pave the way for the incoming Biden administration to play a role in the appointment of a different NSA lawyer. Which…is exactly the kind of thing she is complaining about from the Trump camp.
Despite Pelosi’s efforts, it looks like the NSA is moving forward with the proper and legitimate appointment of Ellis.
According to an NSA spokesperson, Ellis has “accepted his final job offer” and the “NSA is moving forward with his employment.”
Too bad, Nancy.
The authority to appoint candidates to work in the NSA’s general counsel lies with the general counsel of the Department of Defense, and not with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.