Following the announced resignation of CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell, this move paves the way for the first woman to take that job.
43 year old Avril Haines is a White House lawyer who has worked in the State Department and Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Although Haines has reportedly never worked in an intelligence post before, her work at the White House has been steeped in intelligence-related matters.
Michael Morell was involved in the drafting of those ill fated White House talking points on Benghazi. He says he is leaving to spend more time with his family.
Whenever someone involved in a Capitol controversy decides to move on, there follows a series of speculations about the real reason.