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 GrenellReport: Trump ambassador pick warned Germany against benefits for 'unwanted Muslim invaders' Trump taps retired Army Col. Douglas Macgregor as next ambassador to Germany Kosovo president, indicted for war crimes, cancels trip to US 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 John TrumpBiden says his faith is 'bedrock foundation of my life' after Trump claim Coronavirus talks on life support as parties dig in, pass blame Ohio governor tests negative in second coronavirus test 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 MaguireCongressional Democrats request FBI briefing on foreign election interference efforts Wells Fargo told employees to delete TikTok from work phones Hillicon Valley: Pompeo floats TikTok ban | Civil rights groups slam Facebook after call | Election security funding included in proposal 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 RatcliffeHillicon Valley: Google extending remote work policy through July 2021 | Intel community returns final Russia report to Senate committee after declassification | Study finds election officials vulnerable to cyberattacks Intel community returns final Russia report volume to Senate after declassification review Hillicon Valley: Feds warn hackers targeting critical infrastructure | Twitter exploring subscription service | Bill would give DHS cyber agency subpoena power 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.