At first this seems like a surprise. Then we look between the lines and we should have seen this coming. Check out the details below.
“Effective immediately, Ambassador Woolsey is no longer a Senior Adviser to President-elect Trump or the transition,” Woolsey’s spokesman, Jonathan Franks, wrote in a statement that was first reported by CNN’s Jeremy Diamond. “He wishes the President-elect and his Administration great success in their time in office.”
Woolsey abruptly resigned from his position on Thursday, one day before Trump was set to receive a conclusive briefing from intelligence officials on Russia’s role in the election-related hacks.
The Washington Post’sPhilip Rucker reported that Woolsey became uncomfortable after being cut out of intelligence talks with Trump and his national security adviser, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn.
Woolsey came under scrutiny last week after implying to CNN’s Jim Sciutto that Trump could be “playing us” with regard to what he knows about Russia’s role in election-related hacks of Democratic Party organizations and officials.
“There’s a possibility that he is [playing us] a little bit,” Woolsey said, referring to Trump’s statement at a New Year’s Eve party at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida that he would reveal what he knows about the hacking campaign on “Tuesday or Wednesday” of this week.
“Why not?” Woolsey added. “He [Trump] is not interfering with anything. He’s not talking about anything classified. … This is a behavioral mode that he has perfected. He has a point, which is that it is entirely possible to have various definitions of hacking.”