McMaster cleans house in leak probe

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Dave Boyer

Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­viser H.R. McMaster met with Pres­i­dent Trump on Thurs­day amid his purge of Trump loy­al­ists from the White House

Na­tional Se­cu­rity Coun­cil.

Mr. McMaster this week ousted Ezra Co­henWat­nick, the NSC’s se­nior di­rec­tor for in­tel­li­gence who was con­sid­ered a Trump loy­al­ist.

“Gen­eral McMaster ap­pre­ci­ates the good work ac­com­plished in the NSC’s In­tel­li­gence direc­torate un­der Ezra Co­hen’s lead­er­ship,” the White House said in a state­ment.

Mr. Co­hen-Watnick was in­volved in a con­tro­versy over a visit by House In­tel­li­gence Com­mit­tee chair­man Rep. Devin Nunes, California Repub­li­can, to the White House in March to look at in­tel­li­gence re­ports about sur­veil­lance of Trump aides dur­ing the pres­i­den­tial cam­paign.

Two weeks ago, NSC di­rec­tor of strate­gic plan­ning Rich Hig­gins was fired. He was ally of se­nior pres­i­den­tial ad­viser Steve Ban­non.

Mr. McMaster re­port­edly has been oust­ing NSC staffers con­nected to a memo out­lin­ing how Mr. Trump was un­der at­tack from “glob­al­ists” and “Is­lamists” try­ing to un­der­mine his agenda.

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