Well, this is suspicious. Smack dab in the middle of an investigation into leaks coming from the National Security Council, the White House official in charge of European and Russian affairs was put on leave – three days before he was due to travel to Davos in Switzerland for the World Economic Forum.
Andrew Peek, the senior director for European and Russian affairs at the National Security Council, has been placed on administrative leave pending a security-related investigation, people familiar with the situation tell Axios.
Driving the news: Peek had been expected to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland next week, where President Trump is expected to meet with a number of world leaders as the impeachment trial takes place back in the Senate.
Peek declined to comment.
White House and National Security Council officials declined to discuss the situation. “We do not discuss personnel matters,” the NSC said in a statement to Axios.
Why it matters: Peek’s responsibilities at the NSC, and before that at the State Department, touch on a number of sensitive areas. He took on the same role as impeachment witnesses Fiona Hill and Tim Morrison.
Ah, yes, the fact witnesses who did not like the reality that the Trump Administration was ignoring them and their opinions and take on things going on in Ukraine.
So, another career diplomat – Peek had been involved with Middle East affairs prior to moving on to the European desk – gets ousted from the White House when too much information was leaving the campus.
Interesting. It’s almost like the State Department, and National Security Council were seeded with operatives for Trump’s opposition and they are very gradually being found and put out to pasture.
That doesn’t seem to be sitting well.
Oh, well. President Donald Trump will be attending the event in Davos himself rather than send a delegation with Peek at the head.