Trump Heading Toward Showdown With His Own Intelligence Community
Feb 17 2017
"Leaks need to be investigated, but those investigations should be conducted in a manner that is not disparaging of our dedicated [intelligence community] professionals, nor destructive to the entire community", Clapper said in a statement Thursday, according to CNN.
And in tweets on Thursday, Trump lashed out at the media.
On Wednesday night, The Wall Street Journalpublished a scathing article in which sources claimed the intelligence community was withholding information from President Donald Trump.
In some cases, United States intelligence officers did not inform Trump about the sources and methods used to collect classified information from foreign governments, the Wall Street Journal said on Wednesday in an unsourced report.
"Those are criminal leaks", Trump said during the televised conference. d. "It's exactly where we were back when Scooter Libby went to the New York Times and planted the false information about the [Saddam Hussein's] uranium tubes", Rowley said. "We request that your office begin an immediate investigation into whether classified information was mishandled here", they said in the letter.
"Leaking, and even illegal classified leaking, has been a big problem in Washington for years", Trump tweeted in another post.
The House and Senate intelligence committees, as well as the Senate Armed Services Committee, are also already examining Russian interference in the election - and more probes could follow, as questions persist about ties between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign.
"It appears to me there has been a concerted effort to try to discredit not only General Flynn, but obviously, the entire Trump administration through him", D.W. Wilber, who has over 30 years of experience with the Central Intelligence Agency and the Defense Department, told The Daily Caller. "They will be caught!"
Some of what's allegedly being kept from Trump by U.S. intelligence officials are the means by which intelligence was gathered.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters on Tuesday that Flynn resigned following Trump's conclusion that an "eroding level of trust" between the two men had made his employment unsustainable.
Members of the US intelligence community are reportedly ready to "go nuclear" on President Donald Trump following his latest attacks against the intelligence community.