The Senate just confirmed Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) for Director of National Intelligence last week, bringing Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell’s short time in the office to an end.
Grenell confirmed on Sunday that instead of returning to his former position as U.S. Ambassador to Germany, he will be resigning from the post after leaving the White House.
Grenell joined the Trump administration as the ambassador to Germany in 2017, where he proved to be a staunch Trump ally. He then was called back to the US to take over as acting spy chief in February of 2020.
The noted Trump ally first indicated in March that he had no desire to return to Berlin after serving as the interim DNI, and Fox New confirmed that Grenell was sticking to the plan on Sunday.
CBS News also reported on Monday that “The 53-year-old will formally resign his diplomatic post in the next few weeks, according to the German Press Agency.”
There is no word yet on what Grenell’s plans are following his departure from the administration, though speculation is swirling that he may join Trump’s reelection campaign.
In his short time as DNI, Grenell infuriated Democrats by declassifying a list of Obama officials that were involved in the “unmasking” of Trump’s former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, leading to the growing Obamagate scandal.
Grenell said last week that he’s working hard to declassify further documents related to Michael Flynn’s case before he officially leaves the post.