Damian Paletta and Julian E. Barnes (Jan. 4, 2017). Donald Trump Plans Revamp of Top U.S. Spy Agency. The Wall Street Journal, http://www.wsj.com/articles/lawmakers-officials-frown-on-donald-trumps-dismissal-of-u-s-intelligence-1483554450 President-elect works on restructuring Office of the Director of National Intelligence, tweets again his doubts that Russia hacked Democrats
WASHINGTON—President-elect Donald Trump, a harsh critic of U.S. intelligence agencies, is working with advisers on a plan that would restructure and pare back the nation’s top spy agency, people familiar with the planning said.
The move is prompted by his belief that the Office of the Director of National Intelligence has become bloated and politicized, these people said.
The Director of National Intelligence is described by Wikipedia as the principal advisor to the President and the executive offices of the National Security Council and the Homeland Security Council:
From Wikipedia: The Director of National Intelligence (DNI) is the United States government official – subject to the authority, direction, and control of the President – required by the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 to:
Serve as principal advisor to the President and his executive offices of the National Security Council, and the Homeland Security Council about intelligence matters related to national security;
Serve as head of the sixteen-member United States Intelligence Community; andI find it very curious that Trump is going to shrink this office and the CIA, but no mention at all of the FBI.
Direct and oversee the National Intelligence Program.
On July 30, 2008, President George W. Bush issued Executive Order 13470, amending Executive Order 12333 to strengthen the DNI's role. Further, by Presidential Policy Directive 19 signed by Barack Obama in October 2012, the DNI was given overall responsibility for Intelligence Community whistleblowing and source protection.
I am reminded of Charles Hugh Smith's suggestion that the deep state is at war: see http://charleshughsmith.blogspot.com/2016/12/is-deep-state-at-war-with-itself.html