Trump blasts intelligence community for leaking information, rejects Russian connection
- Author: Archie Newman Feb 17, 2017,
Feb 17, 2017, 0:38
Also on Wednesday, The Wall Street Journal reported that intelligence agencies may be withholding sensitive information from the president over fears it could be leaked.
American law enforcement and intelligence agencies are examining intercepted communications and financial transactions as part of a broad investigation into possible links between Russian officials and associates of President-elect Donald J. Trump, including his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, current and former senior American officials said.One former official said Trump believes the intelligence community "needs to be threshed and cleaned and bent to the will of the executive".
Also high on Trump's list of aired grievances this week is a New York Times report that his campaign aides were in frequent contact with Russian officials before the November 8, 2016 election.
Fox News chief intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge brought us the latest on reports that the USA intelligence community is withholding information from the White House, fearing it could be compromised.
Trump himself lambasted the media leaks that led to Flynn's departure from the White House, saying, "I think in addition to that from intelligence, papers are being leaked, things are being leaked".
By Wednesday Gen. Flynn, a former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency and less than 48 hours after leaving the White House, found his own security clearance suspended.
"In particular, fears that the White House is too friendly to Moscow are causing close allies to curtail some of their espionage relationships with Washington - a development with grave implications for worldwide security, particularly in the all-important realm of counterterrorism".
The President tweeted: "Information is being illegally given to the failing New York Times and Washington Post by the intelligence community", as he suggested that sources may have come from the NSA and Federal Bureau of Investigation. Feinberg raised money for Trump's campaign, and is now a member of Trump's executive advisory council.
"I hope that we'll be able to straighten that out without using anybody else", Trump said at a press conference.
While this remains unconfirmed, it is Schindler's first assertion that the intelligence community is withholding intel that has been reportedly corroborated by other officials-the WSJ's sources.
The real scandal here is that classified information is illegally given out by "intelligence" like candy.
As president-elect in December, Trump commented that he did not need daily intelligence briefings and dismissed them as monotonous.
Trump's efforts to make the intelligence community fall in line are being backed by Congressional Republicans.