Key Impeachment Witness On National Security Council Will Leave Job

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Tim Morrison, a National Security Council official and a key witness in the House’s impeachment inquiry, is expected to leave his job, an administration official confirmed to TPM Wednesday.

It’s not clear if Morrison is resigning or being fired. NPR first reported the news Wednesday.

An administration official told TPM in an email: “After more than a year of service at the National Security Council, Mr. Morrison has decided to pursue other opportunities – and has been considering doing so for some time. We wish him well.”

Morrison is scheduled to testify in the impeachment probe on Thursday and will appear if subpoenaed, his lawyer told TPM last week.

The senior director for European and Russian affairs on the National Security Council, Morrison took that position after Fiona Hill announced her resignation from the NSC in July.

Both officials witnessed first hand several of the incidents now under scrutiny in the impeachment probe.

This post has been updated.

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  1. No retaliation at all.

  2. Avatar for ghost ghost says:

    Oooh. Things not looking good for Donnie and the gang.

    That’s regardless of why he is leaving. He either wants to be free to speak, or he’ll have no reason to hold back if he was fired.

  3. “It wasn’t clear if Morrison was resigning or being fired…”

    I think I can help you out with that:

    “Morrison started his job in July, chosen by Trump’s former national security adviser, John Bolton…”

  4. Morrison is scheduled to testify in the impeachment probe on Thursday and will appear if subpoenaed, his lawyer told TPM last week

    last week, when that story appeared, there was speculation here about whether there was a difference between “appear if subpoenaed” and “testify full if subpoenaed”.

    This news suggests that the latter interpretation may be the correct one.

    Morrison has been part of a whole lot of other people’s testimony. Most recently, he was the person that Vindman identified yesterday as the superior to whom he’d submitted his “corrections” of the July 25 phone call summary to.

    So this could get interesting tomorrow, especially if the reason why he is leaving is related to his decision to testify…

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