Acting director of National Counterterrorism Center fired: report

Russell E. Travers, a longtime intelligence professional, was dismissed from his position as acting director of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) Wednesday night, two former U.S. officials familiar with the matter told The Washington Post.

Travers was ousted by acting Director of National Intelligence Richard GrenellRichard GrenellRNC pushes back against call for chair's resignation over LGBT outreach Biden names nominee for US ambassador to Germany Grenell still interested in California recall bid MORE, one former official told the Post.

Travers assumed the acting director position last August and has reportedly resisted White House pressure to cut personnel at the NCTC. Travers’s acting deputy Peter W. Hall, who is reported to be returning to the National Security Agency, has also reportedly been fired.


President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden heading to Kansas City to promote infrastructure package Trump calls Milley a 'f---ing idiot' over Afghanistan withdrawal First rally for far-right French candidate Zemmour prompts protests, violence MORE, meanwhile, announced he would nominate Pentagon official Christopher Miller to head the NCTC.

The center, established in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks, has more than 900 employees, but amid decreased activity from the Islamic State and al Qaeda some have questioned whether it needs all current personnel, according to the Post.

Travers replaced then-Director 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 when Maguire took the role of director of national intelligence.

Trump removed Maguire from the position last month, reportedly angry his deputy had given a congressional committee a briefing on election interference. Grenell, then the ambassador to Germany and known for his personal loyalty to Trump, replaced him on an acting basis, although Trump has nominated Rep. John RatcliffeJohn Lee RatcliffeThis Thanksgiving, skip the political food fights and talk UFOs instead DOJ charges two Iranians with interference in 2020 election In dramatic shift, national intelligence director does not rule out 'extraterrestrial' origins for UFOs MORE (R-Texas) as permanent director of national intelligence.

The Hill has reached out to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence for comment.