It's Shake-Up No. 2 for the Trump Transition Team

Mike Rogers resigned today
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 15, 2016 9:57 AM CST
In this Sept. 18, 2014 file photo, then-Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., questions witnesses during a full committee hearing on the threat posed by Islamic extremists, on Capitol Hill in Washington.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
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(Newser) Big shake-up No. 2 for Donald Trump's presidential transition team: Former House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, who had been leading the national security part of the team, resigned Tuesday. In a statement reported by Politico, he called his time "during the initial pre-election planning phase ... a privilege" and framed the work as "a strong foundation for the new transition team leadership." CNN frames it as the loss of "an establishment national security voice." The New York Times' take on Rogers' "abrupt" exit was more colorful, describing a "transition operation plunged into disarray."

The Times article reports that while Vice President-elect Mike Pence took the reins of the team at large from Chris Christie on Friday, the paperwork that must be signed in order to allow the Obama and Trump teams to work together had yet to be signed, allegedly because the document was being red-lined. A source in the Trump camp expects it will be signed Tuesday, but the Times pulls no punches: "The slow and uncertain start to what is normally a rapid and meticulously planned transfer of power could have profound implications for Mr. Trump’s nascent administration." The Wall Street Journal notes Rogers was "considered a close ally" of Christie. While no reason was given for Rogers' resignation, Bloomberg sources say he was asked to proffer it by team officials. (Read more President Trump stories.)

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