‘That was fast’! Acting DNI Joseph Maguire shoots down WaPo report that he ‘threatened to quit’

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In case you missed it, the Washington Post had a hot scoop on acting DNI Joseph Maguire:

Trump's intelligence chief threatened to quit if White House forced him to stonewall Congress on whistleblower, officials say https://t.co/fwdIo5VIT1

— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) September 25, 2019

White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham pushed back against the WaPo’s report:

This is actually not true. And we would have gone on the record to say that if the @washingtonpost had given us more than 6 minutes (literally) to respond. https://t.co/5EBnBlShbK

— Stephanie Grisham (@PressSec) September 25, 2019


BREAKING: Maguire threatened to resign if he wasn't allowed to testify freelyhttps://t.co/jL3elkqqL8

— Aaron Blake (@AaronBlake) September 25, 2019

"In essence, Maguire was serving notice that he intended to cooperate with lawmakers unless the White House moved forward with a legal case to prevent him from doing so, the officials said."

"In essence": seems like WaPo or anon officials were extrapolating a threat to resign. https://t.co/ASp0ODSkaT

— Jeryl Bier (@JerylBier) September 25, 2019

Well, there’s an easy way to clear this up. What does Maguire himself have to say?


“At no time have I considered resigning my position since assuming this role on Aug. 16, 2019. I have never quit anything in my life, and I am not going to start now.

— Olivia Gazis (@Olivia_Gazis) September 25, 2019

I am committed to leading the Intelligence Community to address the diverse and complex threats facing our nation.”

— Olivia Gazis (@Olivia_Gazis) September 25, 2019


Acting DNI chief shoots down WaPo story ——> https://t.co/CXh3Xpt3fb

— David S. Joachim (@davidjoachim) September 25, 2019

So, Grisham was right to call out WaPo? Imagine that.

That was fast. pic.twitter.com/SiN8YUPRTz

— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) September 25, 2019

Oh look.

Media making shit up.

AGAIN. |7332908f34ea0544cb371b71bb776627|

— RBe (@RBPundit) September 25, 2019

So happy the @washingtonpost burns their credibility yet again.

— Paige Sullivan (@PaigeSully88) September 25, 2019

Editor’s note: This post has been updated with additional text and tweets.



Hold up, everybody. John Harwood’s still not convinced by Maguire’s own words:

more specifically, he denied that he “considered” resigning (which might not rule out threatening it to others) https://t.co/iCYP7ihK8N

— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) September 25, 2019

And ’round and ’round we go.

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