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Joseph Maguire has been acting director of national intelligence since August — the longest the position has remained unfilled since its 2004 creation, which was prompted by the attacks of Sept. 11. Brendan Smialowski /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Trump Impeachment Inquiry

4 Months And Counting, An Acting Intelligence Chief In The Hot Seat

It's the longest that the director of national intelligence role has been unfilled since its creation 15 years ago. And the delay has implications for the U.S. intelligence community and beyond.

Joseph Maguire has been acting director of national intelligence since August — the longest the position has remained unfilled since its 2004 creation, which was prompted by the attacks of Sept. 11. Brendan Smialowski /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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4 Months And Counting, An Acting Intelligence Chief In The Hot Seat

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Migrants applying for asylum in the United States go through a processing area at a new tent courtroom at the Migration Protection Protocols Immigration Hearing Facility in Laredo, Texas, in September. Eric Gay/AP hide caption

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Few Asylum-Seekers Winning Cases Under 'Remain In Mexico' Program

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President Trump prepares to sign the tax legislation in the Oval Office on Dec. 22, 2017. The GOP tax cut did not pay for itself, as promised, nor did it deliver a sustained boost to economic growth. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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After 2 Years, Trump Tax Cuts Have Failed To Deliver On GOP's Promises

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Comedian Margaret Cho is currently on a stand-up tour called Fresh Off the Bloat. Albert Sanchez hide caption

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Comedian Margaret Cho: 'I Invented The Cancellation'

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