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Obama was reportedly urged to fire his NSA chief

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Apparently, Adm. Mike Rogers' bosses wanted him out of the job. 

Citing unnamed sources, the Washington Post first reported Saturday that Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper recommended to President Obama last month that he fire the National Security Agency director.

Rogers, whose name has recently been floated for Director of National Intelligence in the Trump administration, has led the NSA since 2014. 

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Director of the National Security Agency (NSA) Adm. Michael Rogers testifies on Capitol Hill, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, before the Senate Intelligence Committee. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

In addition to heading up the NSA, Rogers is also chief of U.S. Cyber Command. 

[Rogers] is a guy who has been at the helm of the NSA at the time of some of the most egregious security breaches.
Administration official to the Post

According to the Post, Carter was concerned with Rogers' performance, in particular hacking operations against ISIS.

Clapper, the Post reports, was unhappy with lax security revealed during the investigation of Hal Martin, an NSA contractor charged with taking classified information. 

On Thursday, Rogers met with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower. The Wall Street Journal reported Rogers is Trump's top pick for Director of National Intelligence.

If appointed, Russia could emerge as a potential point of contention between the two men. Rogers said earlier this week that Moscow was to blame for the hacking into the Democratic National Committee's computer network. Trump has repeatedly praised President Vladimir Putin's "strong" leadership style and indicated he wants to strengthen relations with Russia. 

I have 64 days left and I'd have a pretty hard time with my wife going past that.
James Clapper

On Wednesday evening, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper submitted his letter of resignation effective on January 20. 

Created after the September 11 attacks, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence is tasked with overseeing the country's 17 intelligence agencies.  


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