President Donald Trump's administration insisted Thursday that new USA intelligence chief Richard Grenell would serve without a partisan agenda as Democrats voiced outrage at placing the voluble Trump defender in the key post.
The Kremlin said on Friday that the allegations are false and the result of paranoia.
Brennan disapproved of the president's choice, saying Grenell is "someone who has no experience, no credentials as far as the intelligence community is concerned".
In a particularly delicate stance for his new job, Grenell has previously cast doubt on the extent of Russian interference in the 2016 USA election.
President Donald Trump's potential nominee for director of national intelligence, Representative Doug Collins, said he would turn down the position to focus on the Georgia senate race.
Grenell replaces former U.S. Navy Admiral Joseph Maguire, who took over as acting director after former Sen.
The position of Director of National Intelligence (DNI) was created in 2004 by the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act to oversee 17 agencies of the US intelligence network, including the Central Intelligence Agency; the National Security Agency; the intelligence agencies of the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines, and Coast Guard; as well as the intelligence operations of Defense Department, Homeland Security, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, among others. Everybody knows I'm a supporter of the president. "Ric has a proven track record of fighting for our country, and now, he will work every day to make sure Americans are safe", House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said on Twitter.
"These are more paranoid announcements which, to our regret, will multiply as we get closer to the (U.S.) election", Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.
The appointment of Grenell, an outspoken Trump loyalist, is a continuing effort by Trump to wield personal control over the spy agencies, according to multiple USA reports.
In the briefing, the intelligence community briefer said twice that the IC's observation is that Russian Federation has a preference for Trump, one of the sources said. Kelly Loeffler, who distinguished herself during the Senate's impeachment trial with her outspoken defense of the president.
Trump has had a strained relationship with the USA intelligence community since he took office three years ago.
Grenell, a fierce Trump loyalist, also serves as the administration's special envoy for normalization efforts between Western Balkan rivals Kosovo and Serbia. "Grenell fails on all three counts", Dankof told Press TV on Friday.
According to the New York Times, Trump angrily confronted Maguire when he found out that intelligence officials had told a House briefing that Russian Federation was intruding in this year's election on the side of the president.
The director of national intelligence was created in response to the findings of the 9/11 Commission, which concluded that federal agencies failed to share valuable intelligence before the attacks that killed almost 3,000 people. It also states: "Any individual nominated for appointment as Director of National Intelligence shall have extensive national security expertise".
Grenell is to replace Joseph Maguire, a one-time Navy SEAL whom Trump appointed as DNI after the resignation past year Dan Coats, a former senator from Indiana. The tenure of Maguire and now of Grenell is limited by the Vacancies Reform Act, which allows the president to name an acting office holder for a limited period following the departure of the previous permanent one, in this case Coats.
The Log Cabin Republicans, the national LGBTQ Republican group that has endorsed President Trump's re-election bid, praised Grenell's appointment and called him "totally qualified". "But beyond that his national security experience, though spanning a number of years, has always all been in the communications and public relations spin category and I'm not sure that's ideally suited for speaking truth to power". Upon learning about the briefing, the President fired Maguire, following a series of tweets lashing out at him for disloyalty.
Grenell has cheered on the rise of right-wing populists in Europe, including hailing Austria's ultra-conservative chancellor, Sebastian Kurz, as a "rock star". The president has been on a tour of Western U.S. states for much of this week. He has issued demands for retractions and corrections over unfavorable reports later confirmed to be accurate.
The Republican-controlled Senate acquitted Trump of the charges last month.