ODNI Denies WSJ Story Claiming Intel Officials Withhold Information from President Trump
- Author: Rogelio Becker Feb 17, 2017,
Feb 17, 2017, 0:16
She said the nation's spy chief is pushing back against the explosive report by the Wall Street Journal.
Some of what's allegedly being kept from Trump by United States intelligence officials are the means by which intelligence was gathered. The new flavor here, per the unnamed current and former officials the Journal spoke with, is that those instances weren't "motivated by a concern about a president's trustworthiness or discretion" as they allegedly are now.
Trump's growing public feud with the USA intelligence agencies peaked this week after leaks revealed that the White House had known about unsanctioned pre-inaugural communications between Gen. Michael Flynn and Russian officials, forcing the resignation of Flynn from his post as national security advisor.
Schindler had written on Sunday that there was an increasing concern within the intelligence community over information security and the extent of the administration's ties to Russian Federation.
US intelligence officials have withheld sensitive intelligence from President Donald Trump because they are concerned it could be leaked or compromised, according to current and former officials familiar with the matter.
Schindler took to the social media platform also to relay further and thus far unestablished allegations that Trump is in collusion with Putin.
"So it smacks very much of a deep-state conspiracy against someone who was actually supposed to be the head of state in America", she told RT.
"Cerberus confirms that co-founder and CEO Stephen Feinberg has been engaged in conversation with President Trump's administration about the potential to join the administration in a senior role", a spokesperson for Cerberus told Forbes Friday. Feinberg raised money for Trump's campaign, and is now a member of Trump's executive advisory council.
The hostile relationship between Trump and the intelligence community has also led to reports that information is being withheld from his administration, an issue the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) denied on Wednesday.
Trump's efforts to make the intelligence community fall in line are being backed by Congressional Republicans.
As president-elect in December, Trump commented that he did not need daily intelligence briefings and dismissed them as monotonous. "Information is being illegally given to the failing @nytimes & @washingtonpost by the intelligence community (NSA and FBI?).Just like Russia", Trump said in a series of tweet.