Under former US President Obama, ex-UNRWA official Maher Bitar served as his National Security Council director for Israeli, Palestinian affairs, then during Trump’s tenure he was deeply involved in Trump’s first impeachment as Rep. Adam Schiff’s top legal representative.
US President Joe Biden has appointed Palestinian American Maher Bitar to the role of senior director for intelligence programs at the National Security Council, according to a report in the political journalism site Politico.
Maher served in the National Security Council under former US President Barack Obama, as director for Israeli and Palestinian affairs.
He earned his master’s degree at Oxford University, writing his dissertation on forced migration at the school’s Refugee Studies Center. He has worked with the UN agency for Palestinian refugees in Jerusalem.
Since 2017, Maher served as general counsel for Democratic members of the House Intelligence Committee. As Rep. Adam Schiff’s top legal adviser, he was deeply involved in the first impeachment of then-US President Donald Trump.
As senior director for intelligence programs, Bitar will receive sensitive information from intelligence agencies and coordinate covert operations between the intelligence communities and the White House. The office of the senior director also houses the server that stores the most sensitive classified information.
Speaking to Politico, Schiff called Bitar “a superb choice,” saying, “I can’t think of anyone more suited to the role.”
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From the original Politico article:
“The office of the senior director for intelligence receives sensitive information that comes in from the intelligence agencies, especially if it is in hard copy form, and coordinates covert action activities between the White House and the intelligence community. It’s also where the NSC houses the server that stores the most sensitive classified information. Under Trump, that server was used to store the president’s conversations with world leaders that were deemed potentially embarrassing, like his call with the Ukrainian president that [undeservedly – ed] led to his first impeachment.”
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