A group of Republican operatives have recruited Evan McMullin, a former CIA counterterrorism officer and the chief policy director of the House Republican Conference to run for president as a conservative independent.

In an apparent effort by “never Trump” GOP campaign hands to stop Republican bleeding, Evan McMullin will file to run for president as a third-party conservative alternative.

According to Buzzfeed, Better for America, founded by conservative donor John Kingston (Christine Todd Whitman is a board member), has been working for months to get a “candidate to be named later” on ballots throughout the country. In some states, they will sue to get on the ballot.

Kingston told the Washington Examiner the group expects to be on all state ballots by November.

Rick Wilson, GOP campaign operative and outspoken Trump critic, is expected to be involved in McMullin’s campaign.

McMullin, 40, spent the larger part of his career with the CIA managing clandestine operations related to counterterrorism, counterinsurgency, energy, political stability, and counterintelligence.

Here’s a summary of his role with House Republicans from his LinkedIn profile:

Manage the development and advancement of House Republican Conference domestic and foreign policy initiatives, while leading Conference policy team.

So if you love what the House GOP has been doing, McMullin almost certainly offers us more of the same.

But there’s a bigger question. After Michael Morell (former acting director and deputy director of the CIA) endorsed Hillary, and with McMullin running against Trump, why are former CIA officials so determined to block a Trump presidency? What do they know that we don’t?

Is it this: