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Acting Spy Chief Joseph Maguire to Face Grilling Over Whistleblower Complaint

Marcus Tappan

Less than two months after taking the reins as the top official within the nation’s intelligence community, Joseph Maguire on Thursday will face the grilling of his short career in a congressional hearing expected to serve as the opening salvo of the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.

Maguire, the acting director of national intelligence, is set to testify in an open hearing before the House Intelligence Committee regarding a potentially explosive whistleblower complaint that reportedly centers on Trump’s attempts to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky into investigating former vice president and current Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden.

Maguire, who served as director of the National Counterterrorism Center before his surprise elevation to the acting DNI position, will also likely face questions about his own refusal to hand that complaint over to Congress, on the spurious grounds that the subject of the complaint—President Trump himself—is not a member of the intelligence community.

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