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 StewartChristopher (Chris) Douglas StewartPentagon grapples with coronavirus outbreak Schiff says Democrats are negotiating to include more privacy protections in key surveillance bill Trump shakes up Justice Department, intelligence community 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 MaguireFormer intelligence chiefs slam Trump for removing officials Acting director of National Counterterrorism Center fired: report Trump taps new director for National Counterterrorism Center MORE, who was put in as acting director after Dan CoatsDaniel (Dan) Ray CoatsWe weren't ready for a pandemic — imagine a crippling cyberattack GOP presses for swift Ratcliffe confirmation to intel post Experts report recent increase in Chinese group's cyberattacks 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. 

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The last person Trump nominated to the position was Rep. John RatcliffeJohn Lee RatcliffeGOP presses for swift Ratcliffe confirmation to intel post Acting director of National Counterterrorism Center fired: report Acting director of national intelligence begins hiring freeze: reports MORE (R-Texas), whose nomination was withdrawn after it was revealed he may have lied on his resume.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.