Trump asked Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats to back off its focus on former national security adviser Michael Flynn in its Russia probe — is this more obstruction?
The nation’s top intelligence official told associates in March that President Trump asked him if he could intervene with then-FBI Director James B. Comey to get the bureau to back off its focus on former national security adviser Michael Flynn in its Russia probe, according to officials.
On March 22, less than a week after being confirmed by the Senate, Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats attended a briefing at the White House together with officials from several government agencies. As the briefing was wrapping up, Trump asked everyone to leave the room except for Coats and CIA Director Mike Pompeo. More on this story from The Washington Post here.
Donald Trump tweeted out another lie on Thursday morning saying the Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, contacted him “to denounce the false and fictitious report that was illegally circulated.”
Trump was referring to the CNN bombshell report that claims Russia has compromising information on him.
Clapper had this to say about the call in a statement: “the IC has not made any judgment that the information in this document is reliable, and we did not rely upon it in any way for our conclusions.”
Clapper never said the report is false. Clapper said:
“This evening, I had the opportunity to speak with President-elect Donald Trump to discuss recent media reports about our briefing last Friday. I expressed my profound dismay at the leaks that have been appearing in the press, and we both agreed that they are extremely corrosive and damaging to our national security.
We also discussed the private security company document, which was widely circulated in recent months among the media, members of Congress and Congressional staff even before the IC became aware of it. I emphasized that this document is not a U.S. Intelligence Community product and that I do not believe the leaks came from within the IC. The IC has not made any judgment that the information in this document is reliable, and we did not rely upon it in any way for our conclusions. However, part of our obligation is to ensure that policymakers are provided with the fullest possible picture of any matters that might affect national security.
President-elect Trump again affirmed his appreciation for all the men and women serving in the Intelligence Community, and I assured him that the IC stands ready to serve his Administration and the American people.”
The president-elect continues to tweet lies, this time about his meeting with US intelligence officials. How will this impact his presidency? What is your opinion for Trump’s purpose in lying to the American public about Clapper’s call to the president-elect? Is this this simply another lie, a misstatement or part of a Trump propaganda campaign?