I’ve been too busy to keep track of all the crap that comes out of the White House (speaking of which, Trump is now on his 17-day “working” vacay at his golf resort in Bedminster, NJ. Out of all the places he could have gone, he chooses New Jersey), but one thing that has caught my attention is that National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster has finally managed to fire Ezra Cohen-Watnick.
If you will recall, Ezra Cohen-Watnick, before his termination, was Senior Director for Intelligence Programs for the National Security Council. It was alleged that he had shown Representative Devin Nunes classified material regarding incidental intelligence collected on Trump’s campaign by US intelligence agencies, leading to Nunes’s recusal from the Russia inquiry. Cohen-Watnick is somewhat of a mysterious figure. He landed a senior director position on the council despite his young age (born May 18, 1986) and lack of extensive intelligence experience (Cohen-Watnick was a junior employee of the Defense Intelligence Agency). He has no social media presence, which is flat-out weird these days, to say the least. Only one (possible) photo of him has been unearthed. And he seems to have some powerful people at his back.
McMaster tried to fire him earlier this year, but Trump overruled him. One has to wonder why this guy was so important to Trump. This is someone I am keeping my eye on, but there is already very little information about him out there. I have to think that is by design. With his firing, I have the feeling that while this keeps him out of the NSC it also provides him other, lower profile opportunities to carry out whatever agenda he and his handlers are working toward.
One interesting point of note is that in November 2016 he married a Rebecca Miller, who worked for Ketchum Inc., where she did public relations work for the Russian government(!). All roads lead to the Kremlin, it seems.
If anyone out there knows anything about Mr. Cohen-Watnick, or had any personal experience with him (school, work, etc.) I’d love to hear about it. Better yet, tell a journalist.
Here are some links, in no order, about Ezra Cohen-Watnick, as much for my own reference as for yours: