Grenell Fires Highly-Regarded Anti-Terrorism Director

The Washington Post reports:

The acting director of the National Counterterrorism Center was fired Wednesday night in what insiders fear is a purge by the Trump administration of career professionals at an organization set up after 9/11 to protect the nation from attacks, according to two former U.S. officials familiar with the matter.

Russell E. Travers, a highly-regarded career professional with more than 40 years of government service, was fired by acting director of national intelligence Richard Grenell, according to one former official, who like others interviewed for this story spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a sensitive matter.

The surprise move came hours after President Trump announced his intent to nominate a Pentagon special operations and counterterrorism official Christopher Miller to head the NCTC.