June 5th, 2008
09:09 AM ET
11 years ago

McConnell willing to stay on as DNI during presidential transition

WASHINGTON (CNN) - CNN has learned that the Director of National Intelligence Admiral (retired) Michael McConnell is letting it be known he is willing to stay for up to six months in the next Administration to help facilitate any transition, if a new president wishes him to.

A source close to McConnell is confirming McConnell will make that offer, but that he has "no desire" to be re-appointed by the new president.

McConnell is the first senior Bush Administration national security official believed to have made such an offer.

This will be the first presidential transition since the massive reorganization of the intelligence community following the 9-11 attacks, and the first time the DNI office has been through a transition.

Administration officials say there is no specific intelligence indicating terrorists are planning an attack. But Admiral Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has assembled a military team to be ready to brief a president-elect on potential vulnerabilities to attacks during the transition.


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  1. Charlotte

    Obama doesn't need him, he's going to have a great big group hug with our enemys. LMAO

    June 5, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  2. Randy - Denver

    This is generous of the man, a smooth transition is always needed and this post is especially one that should not be replaced rapidly with little thought or turnover. I do not suspect that the full 6 months will be required, I suspect that, since mostr transitions start in November within a week of the election, that three to four months will be sufficient meaning that he will leave by the end of February or March. But thank you sir for the kind offer.

    June 5, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  3. Sorry

    As Obama has said he don't only want democrats in the White House but also Repulicans. We have seem what all of one party can do to an adminstration. Because we should all know that just because we are in the same party we should not always agree on everything. That means we don't have a thought of our own. Disagreement is a healthy thing. We can see things in a different prospective.

    June 5, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  4. Raymond Duke

    Suer he will. If you watched any of the hearings that he was involved in you know that he tries to kiss everybody's behine to keep his job. There is not guts or backbone to that man , just appeasment. He will go wihich every way the wind blows.

    June 5, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  5. Enlightened Voter - No hillary for VP

    Chris, Middletown, CT – man you are brilliant, eloquent and smart. Thank you for being an enlightened voter, there are so few on these blogs.

    June 5, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  6. obama supporter=arkansas

    LETS ALL JUST SHUT THE HECK UP AND LET OBAMA GET WHO HE THINKS IS MOST QUALIFIED TO BE VP. AND GET OVE IT

    IT IS HIS DECISION TO MAKE AND WE NEED TO BUTT OUT
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    CNN PLEASE POST THIS TO ALL OBAMA AND CLINTON PEOPLE
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    THIS IS SO MUCH LIKE KIDS FIGHTING, GET OVER IT
    THIS IS OUR COUNTRY WE ARE MESSING WITH
    IT IS SERIOUS

    June 5, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  7. Jonathan

    Transitioning?......If Obama is elected, he'd have to debrief McConnell. I'm sorry the Bush administration was ran by a bunch of kindegarden students.

    Obama/Webb '08 & '12

    June 5, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  8. Laidetea

    All you HRC supporters can not demand anything at this point. HRC supporters if you want a joint ticket you must do it with diplomacy not demand. If it were me (I'm glad it's not) that were Presidental Nominee I would flat out say "NO" on national tv simply to make a statement about Hillary attacks on Obama when Hillary should have been teaming up with Obama since February. When all is said and done, Hillary decides to ruin his Tuesday annoucement like a selfish teenager...and now wants to be VP and told national TV and then say Obama has to ask Hillary to accept the offer of VP. Please. The only way he would accept anything from Hiilar is a formal apology for the verbal/attacks ads and not conceding to his nomination.

    You HRC supporters are going have to come off your high demands and act like you have some diplomacy for the DEMS party. If not, it's o.k. there are 19+ million Obama supporters too with cross over Republican, Independents, Liberals, etc. or did you forget that's how he got to be nominee.

    June 5, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
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