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Intelligence Officials Recommend Removal of NSA Director


National Security Agency Director Admiral Michael Rogers speaks at the third annual Intelligence and National Security Summit in Washington, D.C., Sept. 8, 2016.

The top U.S. military and intelligence chiefs want President Barack Obama to fire the National Security chief, the U.S. media reported Saturday.

The Washington Post was the first to report that Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper made the recommendation last month to the White House to remove Admiral Michael Rogers, who is the head of both the National Security Agency and U.S. military's Cyber Command.

The reason for Carter and Clapper's push for dismissal was not immediately clear. House Intelligence Committed Chairman Devin Nunes has asked the two to testify before the committee about their request before the end of the year.

President-elect Donald Trump, who is considering Rogers for an intelligence spot in his administration, held an interview with Rogers Thursday. Administration officials were reported to have been caught off-guard by the meeting at a time when the White House may be considering Rogers' ouster.

Obama placed Rogers at the helm of the NSA in 2014 after the massive security leaks caused by contractor Edward Snowden. More security leaks have occurred since then. The Federal Bureau of Investigation in August arrested NSA contractor Harold Martin, who is reported to have stolen enough classified material to fill about 200 laptop computers.