Top intelligence community lawyer leaving position

Source: The Hill | February 18, 2020 | Justin Wise

Jason Klitenic, the general counsel for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) whose handling of a government whistleblower complaint helped spur the House’s impeachment inquiry into President Trump, is stepping down from his post, an agency spokeswoman told Politico

Klitenic is planning to exit the department in early March, the news outlet reported, adding that it is unclear what led to his departure from the agency. The office did not immediately return a request for comment from The Hill. 

Klitenic’s announced departure comes less than a month before the deadline for acting DNI Joseph Maguire to exit his position. A federal law that limits how long an official can serve as acting DNI prevents Maguire from serving past March 11.

Maguire and Klitenic’s decision to block the dissemination of a government whistleblower complaint that Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson deemed “urgent” sparked outrage from Democratic lawmakers last September.

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