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Trump nominates retired senior CIA analyst as agency's new deputy director

If Bishop is confirmed by the Senate, the agency would be led by a career officer from its clandestine service - Haspel - and a career officer from its analytical branch. 


Reuters 01 Aug 2018, 09:32 PM United States
  • Trump, who has repeatedly questioned a U.S. intelligence assessment that Russia conducted an influence operation to swing the 2016 election in his favor. (Image Credit: Reuters)

- U.S. President Donald Trump has nominated a retired senior Central Intelligence Agency analyst with expertise in Africa as the spy agency's new deputy director, the White House said on Wednesday.

Trump, who has repeatedly questioned a U.S. intelligence assessment that Russia conducted an influence operation to swing the 2016 election in his favor, tapped Vaughn Bishop to be the agency's second-in-command to CIA Director Gina Haspel, the announcement said.

The Senate must confirm Bishop, an Indiana native who retired from the agency in 2011 following a 30-year career in which he rose to senior positions. These included the top intelligence analyst for Africa and the vice chairman of the National Intelligence Council, which produces top-secret assessments for the president.

After his retirement, Bishop worked as a consultant on a CIA reorganization initiative.

If Bishop is confirmed by the Senate, the agency would be led by a career officer from its clandestine service - Haspel - and a career officer from its analytical branch. 

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