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Former National Security Council aide hired as Sessions adviser

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Ezra Cohen, who resigned under pressure from H.R. McMaster’s National Security Council, is returning to government as Attorney General Jeff Sessions' national security adviser — a decision that has been in the works for months, according to a source familiar with Cohen's thinking. TPM first reported the move.

Why it matters: Some have interpreted Cohen’s return to the administration as tied to John Bolton coming in. It’s not. Cohen has his own relationship with Sessions, who specifically recognized Cohen when he saw him in the crowd during a speech in Philadelphia in February.