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. The rest of the world

    I honestly think the rest of the world would fall over for a second if they see Mccain win, and another Bush term ahead…they will loose all hope in America and we will be known as the dumbest country ever, seriously we will be considered a joke if after 2000 and 2004 we still haven't learned…and some of the Clinton fanatics (i respect Clinton but some of her fanatics are amazing… are gonna help make that happen…I for one will start saving to move to Canada, let the fanatics enjoy their spoils as gas price's continue to go up, healthcare continue to rise, economy to implode, and China practically will own us…

    June 5, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  2. JDM

    It is a win- win for him. If Mcain win's(NOT!) just keep doing the same. If Obama win's (YES!), he will have a chance to really show what he can do with the DNI. You always want to impress your new boss. I think the every GOV agency is ready for change!

    June 5, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  3. Women for Obama 08!!!

    Bush has had a really crooked administration. I think the whole place should just be cleaned out from top to bottom.

    June 5, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  4. Chris, Middletown, CT

    As Obama stated....we are Americans first....not Democrats....not Republicans....we need to discuss the issues....I'm a Republican...who supports (and donates to) Obama....

    I'm scared because HRC supporters were easily led with lies...and they still parrot them today....maybe reading alittle would help....but I doubt it....she was NEVER under sniper fire....the "12 million" uninsured Americans Obamas health plan doesn't cover are illegal aliens....and no...drivers licenses are a privilege – one which illegal aliens do not get.....and send a message to Hillary.....do you guys recall when she tried to add 1 million dollars to the SCHIP (childrens health care) – yeah....for a Woodstock museum – thats the tip of the ice berg of what you were supporting....Obama didn't bring this up...the Republicans would

    June 5, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  5. Enlightened Voter - No hillary for VP

    The entire world, well known and countries I have never heard of cheered the US for choosing Barack as the dem nominee and most said they want to work with him and him (some even stressed not Hillary or Mccain) only as president. Here is a man they say, who knows diplomacy. So I ask all of you, wouldn't it be nice to have the world love us for a change? I think the current director should stay in for a while until Barack feels it's time for a change.

    June 5, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  6. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    $1 million homes in bank foreclosure and there are people who want more of the same by supporting John McCain. Yes, the world will not look at us as the smartest people, but the dumbest if McCain is elected to carry out Bush's policies. However, China may like the fact that they are holding all our paper as they continue to loan us money which we can't pay back.

    June 5, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  7. WM

    Presidential Transition?

    If this does not sound like the Bush admin. transitioning for McCain's than what will people?

    June 5, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  8. Uncle Sam

    Many of those who support Sen. Obama seem overly concerned with how the rest of the world sees us. I am more concerned with being able to look at myself in the mirror.

    Americans for McCain '08

    June 5, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  9. Obama v McCain

    he's retired. and how nice of him(yes. that was drenched in sarcasim)

    June 5, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  10. proud army and navy mom

    no thank you, the bush administration have screwed up enough.

    June 5, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  11. Debby

    This is good news whomever is President in my opinion. They need experienced people in there not jumping ship.

    June 5, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  12. caribbean

    Mr. Obama cannot win the presidency without Mrs. Clinton .The realty is Mr. Obama cannot win on his own. Watch for the V.P. I understand he is being use to continue the Kennedy legacy. "Be careful what you wish for."

    June 5, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  13. Shelly in IL

    I could not have said it any better @ the rest of the world.

    June 5, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  14. ntl

    While a transition team would be helpful, I would hope that one thing we have all learned from this Admistration is not to trust them. Debby's comments regarding experienced people misses the point that most of the people involved in Bush's "team" are experienced "loyalists" – not in qualifications.

    June 5, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  15. YES WE CAN! YES WE WILL

    That would be great as long as they can be believed as long as they don't use unnecessary fear tricks to cover up some of Bush's mess!!!

    June 5, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  16. Kenneth M

    Lets have no more talk of Hillary. She has dishonored herself, her party, and her supporters by not conceding and falling into the ranks as did Edwards Et Al. She used the kitchen sink, reckless statements, and pouting to no avail. Now she wants to demand the VP position. From now on lets speak only of the issues:
    · End the War
    · Universal Healthcare
    · Turn the Economy Around
    · Fight the Greenhouse Effect
    · Ensure a Women’s Right to Choose: Thanks leapfrog
    Vote Obama

    PS:
    Dear “Voter”: Fact is, she got more votes than any primary candidate in US history, including BO.

    And what good did it do her? Taking a popular vote to a delegate fight is like taking a knife to a gunfight.

    But I do agree with you voter, Hillary should sit this one out. Keep your support. We will do it with out you. Most Republicans dislike McCain so thanks but we will take it from here.

    June 5, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  17. pdennany

    Hopefully Obama will make first priority of replacing all new Agency Heads effected by the Bush regime,and a review of all that received favor. Every act/policy by the Bush regime should be viewed as a possible endangerment to the "security" of the common good of the US. The Homeland Security, if retained must be headed only by individuals loyal to the US rather than dual interests held by the present head.
    Hopefully, with new national leadership, the already on-going independant investigations of 9-11 will get official recognition, and the US media will finally be forsed to do it's job, and finally real justice finally will be served.

    June 5, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  18. JOSH

    AS A VOTER WHO IS BACKED BY MILLIONS, BARACK BETTER KNOW THAT WE DEMAND HER ON THE TICKET BECAUSE AS I AND MILLIONS OF OTHERS WILL MAKE SURE NO ONE WINS . JUST MCAIN!! PUT HER ON THE TICKET OR START WRITING YOUR OWN CONCESSION SPEECH OBAMA. WE GOT MORE STRENGTH THAN THE OBAMA SUPPORTERS AND IF WE BACKED MCAIN HE WOULD WIN GUARANTEED. DONT THINK THAT I CARE ABOUT THE PARTY CAUSE I DONT!!! PERIOD. YOU SEE HILLARY CANT DEMAND THAT SHE BE ON THE TICKET, BUT WE CAN!!!!THE VOTERS!!! HER VOTERS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 5, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  19. Dorfmann

    Aside from the obvious policy differences between the Democrats and Republicans, it is refreshing to see at least one senior official is willing to extend an olive branch. National Security is tantamount in these troubled times and if it approached with a closed mind, then those plotting to harm have already won.

    A smooth transition is needed regardless of who wins so as to maintain a position of strength and security.

    Obama/Edwards '08 & '12

    June 5, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  20. JOSH

    AS A VOTER WHO IS BACKED BY MILLIONS, BARACK BETTER KNOW THAT WE DEMAND HER ON THE TICKET BECAUSE AS I AND MILLIONS OF OTHERS WILL MAKE SURE NO ONE WINS . JUST MCAIN!! PUT HER ON THE TICKET OR START WRITING YOUR OWN CONCESSION SPEECH OBAMA. WE GOT MORE STRENGTH THAN THE OBAMA SUPPORTERS AND IF WE BACKED MCAIN HE WOULD WIN GUARANTEED. DONT THINK THAT I CARE ABOUT THE PARTY CAUSE I DONT!!! PERIOD. YOU SEE HILLARY CANT DEMAND THAT SHE BE ON THE TICKET, BUT WE CAN !!!!THE VOTERS!!! HER VOTERS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! + REPUBLICAN VOTERS= mcain PRESIDENT AND NOT obama, THINK LONG AND HARD DID YOU WASTE YOUR TIME BY NOT INCLUDING HILLARY ON THE TICKET, I CAN BET YOU YOU WILL. ITS NOT A THREAT BUT A PROMISE, IF SHES NOT ON THE TICKET YOU WILL GO DOWN WITH WHOEVER IS ON YOUR TICKET. HILLARY SUPPORTERS UNITE!!!!!!

    June 5, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  21. Kenneth M

    Josh, you and Bret from Austin are in no position to demand anything. First you dream that she has move support (not votes) then Obama and then you think you can push him around. You must be smelling yourself. She is trying to bring a popular vote (which she does not have thanks to the flaws in the FL and MI votes) to a delegate fight.

    June 5, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  22. Bob, OH

    Obama would be the worst thing ever to happen to this great country. We can only hope that he doesn't win. Wake up people or you will get what you asked for.....

    June 5, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  23. martin

    apparently our 'intelligence',is seriously lacking,when we dont find out that iran has stopped its attempts at nuclear weapons in 2003.we want new blood,not the same old bs.

    June 5, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  24. Scott, Wichita

    It's nice to see a high official willing to work with someone, regardless of political affiliation.

    and for those of you who want a complete cleaning, how would you pay for it AND all these social programs? (sure you could say recall the troops, but that would cost in 1 month what the war does in a year, so that's not really an option, because you'd be spending even more money!)

    raise taxes? (yeah, because that will help with the problems with the price of gas)

    cut funding from R+D? (there goes a couple hundred thousand jobs)

    how about we just cut the salaries of the elected officials to something a little more average. Give em 75k a year. that's more than most Americans, and it is PLENTY to live on, especially if you are writing books and getting royalties

    June 5, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  25. martin

    you hillarys come on every blog talking about nothing that has to do with the article in question.no one wants to hear your adolescent ramblings about a has been candidate who ruined her own chances at the white house.we dont care if you vote for mccain or write-in hillary.but,we are tired of listening to the same old hopeless crap you keep spewing.you people have no shame and you are obviously uneducated,so shut up,already.

    June 5, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
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