Intel Denies Leaving Trump in Dark on Data Collection

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A report from the Wall Street Journal indicating suspicious spy agencies may be purposely leaving President Donald Trump in the dark was quickly refuted by one of America’s top intel agents – but the White House isn’t taking any chances, and has decided to launch an independent review in the coming days.

The Wall Street Journal reported intelligence agencies have stopped providing Trump information about their information collection practices because A) they’re concerned about the president’s ties to Russia and B) they see the Michael Flynn resignation as a warning sign of the potential for leaks.

Flynn, Trump’s pick for national security adviser, resigned late Monday after revelations he engaged in conversations with Russia’s ambassador that were not reported to the White House. Flynn admitted the oversight, saying in a resignation letter he certainly should have told then-vice president elect Mike Pence about the nature of these conversations, when asked or prodded.

But the larger takeaway from the matter is this: Who tipped the media to these conversations?

Turns out, members of the intelligence agencies who are still not identified were listening to these conversations and, it’s believed, released the information to the media. As Trump tweeted about the revelations: “The real scandal here is that classified informatioon is illegally given out by ‘intelligence’ like candy. Very un-American!”

Well, now the story has ratcheted again.

On the heels of the Journal report, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence issued this statement: “Any suggestion that the U.S. Intelligence Community is withholding information and not providing the best possible intelligence to the president and his national security team is not true.”

Meanwhile, there’s this, from the New York Times:

“President Trump plans to assign a New York billionaire to lead a broad review of American intelligence agencies, according to administration officials, an effort that members of the intelligence ccommunity fear could curtail their independence and reduce the flow of information that contradicts the president’s worldview.

“The possible role for Stephen A. Feinberg, a coo-founder of Cerberus Capital Management, has met fierce resistance among intelligence officials already on edge because of the criticism the intelligence community has received from Mr. Trump during the campaign and since he became president. On Wedesday, Mr. Trump blamed leaks from the intelligence community for the departure of Michael T. Flynn, his national security adviser, whose resignation he requested.

“There has been no announcement of Mr. Feinbereg’s job … but he recently told his company’s shareholders that he is in discussions to join the Trump administration. He is a member of Mr. Trump’s economic advisory council.”

  • VLParker

    President Trump plans to assign a New York billionaire to lead a broad review of American intelligence agencies, according to administration officials, an effort that members of the intelligence ccommunity fear could curtail their independence and reduce the flow of information that contradicts the president’s worldview.

    How much of this information is based on reality and how much is based on the leftist intelligence communities world view? Hmmm?

  • Ge_off

    Why doesn’t the media tie these stories to Obama’s new organization? it seems that laws are getting broken but Flynn ends up paying for it. Strange that Obama was soft on the Russians and Trump isn’t.

    Reality doesn’t mesh with this Russian narrative.

    • Eu Wei Choi

      YOU’RE RIGHT re”Obama
      And part of it is surely is Obama /Brennan Deep State Stay Behinds
      But there are more than just them
      It’s in a percentage of the Career Service ,and it PREDATES Obama
      Thank God we have the Military Defense Intellligence Agency

  • JacksonPearson

    Trump should start draining the swamp by firing every person about three layers down, from the top on the pecking pole. Then rehire your own loyalists.

  • DancerTiffy

    Wow—–it looks as though Trump has been rendered impotent. Less than a month in office, and he is like one of those little yellow rubber duckys at the carnival shooting games.
    Lately he spends more time apologizing and making excuses than he does on anything else.
    Hey—–really—did anyone of us expect anything else? Really?
    This country is completely owned and operated by the marxists. Yes, the communist revolution has already happened and we lost the culture war quite some time ago.
    It’s not Trump’s fault; there was really not much he could do about any of it.

    • FEDUP

      But even though he has DONE MORE THAN OBAMA DID IN HIS WHOLE 8 YEARS. so go suck on an exhaust pipe, Twit.

  • FEDUP

    Oh the same agencies that hemorrhaging the info to the world AND WE ARE SUPPOSE TO BELIEVE THEM. No Thanks.

  • Drew the Infidel

    The attitude of the intel services, all seventeen of them, begins to make sense when you realize their main function is to create an environment that makes their continued existence necessary. If you read the joint Congressional Investigation of the Events at Pearl Harbor, the Warren Commission Report (JFK assassination), and the 9/11 commission report, which span 70 years, you find the common thread among all is the “stovepiping” or hoarding of critical and sensitive information. Each is so jealous and suspicious of the others that they cannot even find a way to work in unison on their shared missions and objectives. In this case, more is not better.

  • James51213

    Liberals in the government are willing to put our country’s security at risk just because they are upset their candidate didn’t win. Actually their actions are little or no different than under Obama. These same people are terrified that the economy and security will improve. Their worst nightmare is a middle-class person with a job and one who thinks for himself/herself. Oh, and one who is a legal resident.

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