Rogers’ bosses — Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper — advised the White House that he be removed last month, before it was reported that Rogers was meeting with President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday in New York City.
Rogers is also the head of U.S. Cyber Command. Those close to the situation say Carter has long been unhappy with Cyber Command’s secret hacking operations against ISIS, which he views as less aggressive and effective than they should be. Carter warned Rogers last year that he wanted to see more cyber operations against the terror group in Iraq and Syria, officials said.
Another official confirmed The Post’s account that Clapper was unhappy about sloppy security discovered during the investigation of Hal Martin, the NSA contractor charged with removing a huge amount of classified information from the NSA, some of it after the Edward Snowden affair.