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Trump Installs Loyalist Michael Ellis as Top NSA Lawyer in Final Days in Office

HeadlineJan 19, 2021

The National Security Agency has a new top lawyer: Michael Ellis, a Trump loyalist. Ellis is expected to begin the job today on the final full day of the Trump administration. On Saturday, acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller ordered the NSA’s director general to immediately hire Ellis despite widespread concern over his lack of experience and his role as a Republican operative. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has vowed to challenge the decision. In a letter to Miller, Pelosi wrote, “The efforts to install him or 'burrow' him into a highly sensitive intelligence position 72 hours prior to the beginning of a new administration manifest a disturbing disregard for our national security.”

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