President Donald Trump “personally ordered” the Department of Justice to hire Ezra Cohen-Watnick as a national security adviser to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, according to Bloomberg. Cohen-Watnick worked at the National Security Council in 2017, until he was fired amid reports that he showed classified documents to House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes. The classified information, which “allegedly revealed that members of the Obama administration had sought the identities of Trump campaign officials and associates inadvertently caught on government intercepts,” made its way to the House Intelligence Committee's investigation into Russian collusion. Aides told Bloomberg that “the White House generally doesn’t approve the rehiring of staff who were fired,” but the move was approved when Trump made it clear that he wanted it to happen.
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