Trump considering Utah GOP lawmaker for top intelligence post: report 

Trump considering Utah GOP lawmaker for top intelligence post: report 
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Rep. Chris StewartChris StewartTwo coaches charged with murder in basketball player's death after practice New mask guidelines trigger backlash It's time to call the 'Ghost Army' what they are: Heroes MORE (R-Utah) will potentially replace the president’s current interim director of national intelligence after his term ends in a few weeks, the New York Times reported Tuesday

U.S. National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien is pushing the president to nominate Stewart, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, according to the Times. 

The post is currently filled by Joseph MaguireJoseph MaguireJudge dismisses Nunes's defamation suit against Washington Post Retired Navy admiral behind bin Laden raid says he voted for Biden Congressional Democrats request FBI briefing on foreign election interference efforts MORE, who was put in as acting director after Dan CoatsDaniel (Dan) Ray CoatsOvernight Hillicon Valley — Scrutiny over Instagram's impact on teens Former national security officials warn antitrust bills could help China in tech race Cyber preparedness could save America's 'unsinkable aircraft carrier' MORE resigned in August. Under U.S. law, somebody can only be an acting cabinet member for 210 days, so the White House will have to replace Maguire by March 11. It’s also possible the administration could formally nominate Maguire to the position. 


The last person Trump nominated to the position was Rep. John RatcliffeJohn Lee RatcliffeBiden, Trump battle over who's to blame for Afghanistan Sunday shows preview: US grapples with rising COVID-19 cases Trump-era intelligence chief wants Beijing Olympics moved due COVID-19 'cover-up' MORE (R-Texas), whose nomination was withdrawn after it was revealed he may have lied on his resume. Ratcliffe, a member of the House Intelligence and Judiciary Committees, was one of the president's fiercest defenders during the House impeachment hearings, much like Stewart.

Though Stewart has reportedly been eyeing the post, the nomination would require he leave his seat in Congress as he faces a primary and general election opponents. 

Stewart’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill.