Republican loyalist installed at NSA by Trump being placed on leave pending investigation: report
President Trump. (AFP)

On Wednesday, CBS News' Catherine Herridge reported that Michael Ellis, a Republican operative installed as general counsel to the National Security Agency, has been placed on administrative leave — the same week he started work.

According to the report, Ellis' investigation is now being investigated by the inspector general of the Department of Defense, amid accusations that he improperly handled classified information.

The appointment of Ellis, a former aide to Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), was immediately controversial because of his highly partisan record, and because of his former role in turning over sensitive material to Nunes when he chaired the House Intelligence Community in 2017.