Patrick Murray, John Ashcroft's former Associate Deputy Attorney General for National Security and former CIA Director Porter J. Goss's Chief of Staff at the House Intelligence Committee, became Goss's Chief of Staff at the CIA. 
Michael Isikoff and Daniel Klaidman reported in the November 29, 2004, issue of Newsweek of Murray:
- "As a top aide to Rep. Porter Goss, the Republican chairman of the House intelligence committee, Murray had a reputation as a sharp-tongued partisan lawyer. When Democrats on the committee asked the CIA for information, Murray would cut them off, reminding the agency that only requests backed by the Republican majority should be honored. 'He was just impossible,' says one staffer who dealt with him. 'He was sarcastic, snide and had this uncanny ability to push people's buttons.' One former CIA official told NEWSWEEK that Murray leaned on him more than once to declassify information so he could use it to 'embarrass the Democrats.' Murray was irritated when the agency declined. He regarded much of the CIA as a nest of obstructionist bureaucrats, time-servers who had schemed to undermine the administration's policies—especially in Iraq.
- "Now Murray is in a position to do something about it. When President George W. Bush appointed Goss as the new CIA director, the congressman brought along several trusted aides, including Murray."
Related SourceWatch Resources
- Richard Sale, "Shake-up at CIA riles spies," UPI (Washington Times), November 18, 2004.