Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?


Biden rehires NSC official pushed out by Trump over Bolton book

“Ellen Knight is a dedicated career public servant,” NSC spokeswoman Emily Horne told CNN in a statement after CNN reached out for comment.

“We’re thankful to have her return to the National Security Council as the Senior Director for Records, Access, and Information Security Management and benefit from her extensive experience in classified information management,” Horne added.

In 2018, Knight was detailed to the NSC from the National Archives and Records Administration. In a lawsuit filed in September 2020 against the Trump administration, Knight said that in 2020, she and a colleague spent hundreds of hours working diligently on clearing Bolton’s book — “The Room Where It Happened” — for review, completing the process in April and removing all sensitive and classified information, as confirmed by a superior.

She had been prepared to approve the book for publication but NSC attorneys instructed her not to do so. She concluded, her lawyers later wrote, that “a designedly apolitical process had been commandeered by political appointees for a seemingly political purpose.” For months, NSC and Justice Department officials pushed her to delay the process, she said.

“She asked them (White House and Justice Department lawyers) to explain why they were so insistent on pursuing litigation rather than resolving the potential national security issues through engagement with Ambassador Bolton and her team,” Knight’s lawsuit stated. “The attorneys had no answer for her challenges, aside from a rote recitation of the government’s legal position. … However, when Ms. Knight speculated that this litigation was happening ‘because the most powerful man in the world said that it needed to happen,’ several registered their agreement with that diagnosis of the situation.”

On June 22 of that year, amid an extensive and sometimes contentious back-and-forth, Knight was told her time at the NSC would come to an end in 60 days.

Bolton told CNN on Wednesday that he “applaud(ed) the decision of the White House to reinstate Ellen Knight as an NSC Senior Director.”

“Trump’s disgraceful firing of Ms. Knight is another stain on his presidency,” Bolton said. “Those in the NSC and White House Counsel’s office who tried to intimidate Ms. Knight, and then carried out Trump’s personal vendetta, should be held to account.”

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

You May Also Like


A return to the governor’s mansion would be a homecoming for Sanders after she spent her teenage years in that residence as the daughter...


Lawyers for the attorney general’s office said in a new court filing that Rhona Graff, who was Trump’s executive assistant for decades until she...


Each man’s comment caused ripples of surprise to cross the faces of his team seated nearby, including national security advisers and senior diplomats. Afterward,...


Since taking office, President Joe Biden has faced mounting pressure over his handling of the US-Mexico border, dividing members of his own party following...


Meanwhile, in Alabama, Trump’s unendorsement of Rep. Mo Books will be tested. Trump initially had backed Brooks’ Senate campaign, but took back the endorsement...


The so-called Summit of the Americas is set to be hosted by the United States in early June, marking the ninth meeting of countries...


“I felt like Donald Trump stabbed Mo in the back. I know it was a political move, but it was a cowardly move. Mo...


The failures “fell far below US Navy standards,” according to the command investigation, and the accident left the USS Connecticut nuclear-powered Seawolf-class submarine unable...