Andrew Peek, the senior director for European and Russian affairs at the National Security Council, has been placed on administrative leave pending a security-related investigation, people familiar with the situation tell Axios.
According to a Washington Examiner article from last fall, Alexander Vindman, who famously testified during the House impeachment hearings, reported directly to Andrew Peek: “As a Ukraine expert, Vindman reports to civilian Andrew Peek, who replaced Tim Morrison as the NSC’s senior director for European and Russian affairs after Morrison announced his departure last Wednesday, one day before he testified before the House impeachment proceeding.”
The timing's a bit interesting too, considering Peek was slated to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland next week, along with President Trump who is expected to meet with a variety of world leaders.
“Andrew Peek, the NSC’s senior director for European and Russian affairs, was escorted from the White House grounds on Friday, two of the people said, asking not to be identified because they weren’t authorized to discuss personnel matters. A spokesman for the NSC declined to comment, citing the same reason. Peek also declined to comment,” according to Bloomberg News
Andrew Peek was a Fellow at the Clements Center for National Security at the U of Texas while finishing his PhD in international relations at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. Prior he was an Army intelligence officer who advised two senators & two generals. pic.twitter.com/0ZeTuVsPEX— 𝙰𝚗𝚊𝚋𝚎𝚕𝚕𝚎 (@DemocracyJourno) January 19, 2020
JUST IN: Trump's newest Russia adviser, Andrew Peek leaves NSC post: report https://t.co/nSvGG9lxdH— The Hill (@thehill) January 19, 2020
Trump Loses Another Russia Adviser, Adding to NSC Turnover https://t.co/KFWkazX6rs— DeepClips (@DeepClips) January 19, 2020
Flashback: Former intel officer Andrew Peek on fallout if Gen. Flynn testifies on Russia's involvement in the election in exchange for immunity.