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 StewartREAD: The Republicans who voted to challenge election results House Republicans who didn't sign onto the Texas lawsuit Atlanta Wendy's 911 call the night of Rayshard Brooks's death released 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 CoatsFormer Trump intel chief Coats introduces Biden nominee Haines at hearing Senate Intelligence Committee leaders warn of Chinese threats to national security New federal cybersecurity lead says 'rumor control' site will remain up through January 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 RatcliffeSenate confirms Biden's intel chief, giving him first Cabinet official Biden intelligence chief pledges to keep politics out of job House panels open review of Capitol riot MORE (R-Texas), whose nomination was withdrawn after it was revealed he may have lied on his resume.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.