Trump administration’s Russia adviser reportedly quits White House

Bloomberg is reporting that a member of the White House national security team has just departed, with two anonymous sources saying that he was escorted from the building.  

The official’s name is Andrew Peek, and he served as the National Security Council’s senior director for European and Russian affairs.

Peek’s rise and fall

Axios revealed earlier that Peek had been placed on administrative leave on administrative leave pending a security-related investigation. This was despite a plan to have him attend the upcoming World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland next week.

Before Peek was hired at the NSC, he previously served as a deputy assistant secretary at the State Department where his duties focused on Iraq and Iran.

Prior to that, Peek was a strategic adviser to Marine Corps Gen. John Allen. At the time, Allen commanded the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan; he has since retired.

Additionally, Peek was a national security advisor to a pair of former Republican senators, Oregon’s Gordon Smith and Nebraska’s Mike Johanns.

Peek declined requests for comment from both Axios and Bloomberg.

The administration has thus far been tight-lipped about the development, with an NSC spokesman telling The Hill, “We do not discuss personnel matters.”

A history of high turn-over

Peek’s position has recently been associated with controversy, with predecessors Tim Morrison and Fiona Hill having both testified in House impeachment proceedings against President Trump.

Hill claimed that Republican accusations about Ukrainian interference in the 2016 presidential election constituted a “fictional narrative.”

Meanwhile, Morrison said he was told by U.S. Ambassador to the EU, Gordon Sondland, that there was a quid pro quo arrangement under which American aid to Ukraine depended on whether an investigation would be opened into Ukrainian oil and gas giant Burisma.

Peek’s departure marks the third vacancy at this post in the last year.

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