What Did Evan McMullin Do In The CIA? He's Hoping To Shake Up The Presidential Race
Earlier today, distinguished former CIA officer Evan McMullin announced his plans to run for president as an independent candidate, BuzzFeed reported. McMullin is running as a conservative alternative to Donald Trump, and he's well known mostly because of his work in the CIA. What did Evan McMullin do in the CIA? After joining the CIA in 1999, McMullin worked as an operations officer. As an operations officer, McMullin was responsible for collecting human intelligence — defined as information acquired secretly through human sources — who were of interest to the U.S. government and military. According to the CIA, the human intelligence collected by operations officers plays an essential role in "developing and implementing U.S. foreign and national security policy" and in protecting American interests. As stated by his biography and LinkedIn page, McMullin was responsible for managing "clandestine operations related to counterterrorism, counterinsurgency, energy, political stability, and counterintelligence," and volunteered to perform tours of duty in the Middle East, Northern Africa, and South Asia until 2010.
In 2011, McMullin joined Goldman Sachs, where he worked with companies in industries such as technology, energy, and on capital raising projects and mergers and acquisitions. He became a senior advisor on national security issues for the House Committee on Foreign Affairs in 2013. In 2015, McMullin became the chief policy director of the House Republican Conference, a post he resigned from on Monday, the day he's reportedly going to announce his official presidential bid.
Donald Trump’s infatuation with strongmen and demagogues like Vladimir Putin is anathema to American values.— Evan McMullin (@Evan_McMullin) August 8, 2016
McMullin's counterterrorism experience has made him extremely critical of Trump. He countered Trump's anti-Muslim attacks in an Aug. 2 Facebook post:
McMullin has also called Trump "authoritarian" on Twitter, stating that Trump will justify infringing on people's civil liberties under the pretense of keeping law and order.
Millions of Americans are not being represented by either of these candidates.— Evan McMullin (@Evan_McMullin) August 8, 2016
It is unclear how much of an impact McMullin will have on the presidential race. It is said McMullin has the support from former operatives behind Better For America, a non-profit dedicated to finding an alternative presidential candidate. However, McMullin will have a difficult time gaining support because the deadline for ballot access for independent presidential candidates has passed in more than two dozen states, including Texas and Florida. And when asked about McMullin's candidacy, Nate Hodson, a spokesman for the House Republican conference, told Fox News "The House Republican Conference has zero knowledge of his intentions."