- John Nixon: Russia's meddling in election proves the CIA and President-elect Trump will not be immune to partisan tension
- From my experience, it would be in both of their interest to work together for the best of the country, Nixon writes
John Nixon was a CIA analyst from 1998 to 2011 and has taught leadership analysis for the agency at its Sherman Kent School; he is the author of the forthcoming book, "Debriefing the President: The Interrogation of Saddam Hussein" (Blue Rider Press). Unless otherwise noted, facts below reflect the research done for that book.
(CNN)Every four to eight years, the CIA engages in a dance of seduction as it greets a new President-elect. The agency uses the transition, that interregnum between the election and the inauguration, to get to know the new President and discern from all sources what are the best ways to serve the President's needs. The CIA is always eager to put its best foot forward by showing its willingness to support the new President and his team, convince the new chief executive that it is worth the money in terms of manpower and budget, and look for ways to ingratiate itself with the new national security crowd.