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Richard Grenell swats down Adam Schiff once again over congressman's latest protest


'Only in Washington, DC...'

Acting DNI Richard Grenell (Milos Miskov/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)/Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.)( William B. Plowman/NBC)

Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell has publicly dismissed House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff's (D-Calif.) latest condemnation of his actions, as the congressman continues to protest against Grenell making moves without his approval.

What are the details?

Grenell was named acting DNI by President Donald Trump in February, and ever since, Schiff has criticized Grenell's appointment and actions.

Last month, Grenell made a number of personnel changes, and was criticized by Schiff for doing so "without consulting and seeking authorization from Congress in a manner that undermines critical intelligence functions."

Grenell wrote Schiff a reply reminding the congressman of the separation between the legislative and executive branches of government.

Axios reported that on Friday, Grenell announced more changes, including that his office would now handle election security briefings for political candidates rather than the FBI.

Chairman Schiff responded by issuing a statement saying, in part:

Our Committee did not authorize these changes—announced, once again, late on a Friday—by a temporary and unqualified Acting Director of National Intelligence, nor were HPSCI or SSCI even briefed or consulted, as required by law and requested by the Committees. The Acting DNI has a legal obligation to keep the Committee fully and currently informed of these changes and failed to do so.

In reaction to a CNN reporter who shared Schiff's comments on Twitter, Grenell wrote, "Only in Washington, DC would one be appointed to a job but not expected to DO the job. @AdamSchiff."

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