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Biden weighs Mike Morell as his CIA chief. A key dem senator says don’t worry.

President-elect Joe Biden is strongly considering Mike Morell, the former acting director of the Central Intelligence Agency, to lead the CIA, according to four people familiar with the matter. But those familiar with the process say other candidates are still in the squad for the post of chief spy in the country.

Morell was deputy director of the CIA for three years under President Barack Obama and also worked twice as the agency’s acting director. According to three of four sources familiar with the matter, the president-elect was considering both Morell and Avril Haines, another former deputy director of the CIA, for the job. But in an announcement Monday afternoon, Biden chose Haines, the former deputy director of the CIA and deputy national security adviser under Obama, to become director of national intelligence.

Two of the aforementioned sources said Biden was also considering Tom Donilon for the job. Donilon was Obama’s national security adviser and has deep roots in Bidenworld. His brother, Mike Donilon, has previously been selected as senior White House adviser to the president-elect.

Jeh Johnson, the former director of the Department of Homeland Security, is another name said to be in the mix. But others told the Daily Beast that Johnson was under consideration for the role of attorney general. As one source said of current staffing considerations: “Too many people, too few chairs.”

Biden’s presidential transition team declined to comment.



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