WASHINGTON – The veteran CIA analyst who led President Biden’s in-chief briefing during the administration’s early days is no longer doing so, intelligence officials said Saturday.
The briefer’s duties typically included coordinating work at 18 intelligence agencies, known as mission integration, and overseeing the assembly of written intelligence documents delivered to the White House each day. In a change from the previous administration, the job of leading the in-person briefing would be different from other responsibilities and would be split between different people.
Veteran analyst, Morgan Muir, still takes over as director of Mission Integration, which President Beth Sanner President Donald J. Successful under Trump’s leadership, National Intelligence held a top position in the Office of the Director. As Director of Mission Integration, Mr. Muir put together various reports from the intelligence community known as the President’s Daily Brief, or PDB, which would no longer lead the in-person briefing.
In his new role, Mr. Muir will oversee the agency’s efforts to integrate the intelligence community’s activities, “from collection to analysis, including the PDAB process,” said Amanda J. Skoch, a spokesperson for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
Mr. Biden as Mr. Biden’s briefer last month. Muir’s appointment was unusual as it was his second visit to that job, only when someone returned to the post under the new administration. He George W. Served during his presidency as one of Bush’s briefers.
Former presidents, too, continue to receive briefings, although they differ from the classified one given daily to a sitting chairman. Nevertheless, it is provided partly as a courtesy and partly for instances in which a sitting president reaches out for advice. The team of CIA analysts that would tell a former president would not be the same team that would tell a current president.
The question of whether Mr. Trump should continue the briefing in recent times. On Friday, Mr Biden told CBS that the former president had “no need” to receive the briefing, citing his “precarious” behavior. But a day later, the White House clarified those comments.
White House press secretary Jane Saki said in a statement, “The president was expressing his concern about receiving sensitive intelligence to former President Trump,” but he had his own intelligence team to build convictions about it There is deep trust in how to provide intelligence at any point when former President Trump requests a briefing. “
On Saturday night, the White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment, clarifying that Mr. Trump had asked for a briefing.
The New York Times previously reported that Mr. Muir was set to become the head briefer, but intelligence officials at the time said that the Director of National Intelligence, Ariel D. Haines was still determining the final format of the briefing session and would work with Mr. Biden, an additional briefer. Officials also said at the time that there was no final decision on how to divide briefing duties from the broader responsibilities of the Director of Mission Integration.
Some officials in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence have pushed for a long time to delegate those tasks to different people.
But in recent times, Ms. Haynes decided to bring a series of expert briefers to lead sessions at the Oval Office, Ms. Jauch said. Ms. Haynes continues to attend those meetings.
On Saturday, BuzzFeed News reported that in 2013, Mr. Muir, a senior CIA analyst, led a delegation of the agency in tense negotiations with staff on the Senate Intelligence Committee and became the report on the agency’s torture program. The article noted Daniel J., one of the chief committee staff members at the time. Jones was quoted as saying that Mr. Muir defended the value of the CIA’s torture program in private talks with Senate colleagues.
In a statement, Mr Jones said that Mr Muir had provided “true incorrect information” to the committee that year. The CIA later admitted that Mr. Muir’s statements were false.
“There is an expectation that types of professional failure will, at the very least, be disqualified for any future leadership positions,” Mr. Jones said.
The Senate report released in 2014 states that a comprehensive CIA indictment underscores the abuse and torture by the agency in interrogating terrorism suspects in the years following September 11, 2001, the attacks and misleading about it. A Pattern of Congress and the White House.
While the report remains an outrage with several former senior agency officials who disagree with its findings and characterization, several senators have expressed disappointment that some of the agency’s top officials continue to question the report.
Following the publication of the Buzzfeed article, two intelligence officials criticized Mr. Muir’s interaction with the Senate Committee on criticism that Mr. Biden had nothing to do with the decision to change how he was being briefed.
Ms Schoch said Ms Haines remained “confident in Morgan’s steady leadership”.
“Morgan Muir is a widely respected intelligence officer who has demonstrated the highest standards of honesty and professionalism throughout her career,” Ms. Schoch said.
Katie Rogers Contributed to reporting.