Former national security adviser Mike Flynn offered to make ex-CIA Director James Woolsey the agency's head once again just after the election.
"Flynn offered me the CIA job," Woolsey, who headed the agency during former President Bill Clinton's administration, told The Wall Street Journal in an interview released Thursday. He said the job included one caveat: that he report directly to Flynn.
"I turned it down, partially because I didn't want to work for him, and partially because I didn't think the structure was set up right," he said, adding that he doubted whether Flynn had the authority to grant him the position.
Woolsey said that if the offer had come from President Donald Trump himself, and that if he had been reporting to Trump directly, he would have given it serious consideration.
Flynn's lawyer, Robert Kelner, denied these version of events in a statement to Politico.
"Mr. Woolsey's claim in The Wall Street Journal that he was offered the position of the CIA director if he would agree to report only to Gen. Flynn is entirely false," he said. "Woolsey was passed over for any position in the Trump administration and that may be coloring this and other untrue allegations he has made against Gen. Flynn."
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