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- Author: Alfonso Moody Feb 17, 2017,
Feb 17, 2017, 0:37
A Trump administration official told DailyMail.com late Thursday morning that the president was reacting to a Wall Street Journal story that alleged the U.S. Intelligence Community has been withholding information from his classified briefings - specifically details about intelligence operations targeting Russian Federation.
"In some of these cases of withheld information, officials have decided not to show Mr. Trump the sources and methods that the intelligence agencies use to collect information, the current and former 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". Trump's actual, though at the moment unconfirmed pick to be the director of national intelligence, former Senator Dan Coats, is also reportedly annoyed by the idea of Feinberg essentially being given his job before he can even get sworn in.
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Some members of the American intelligence community worry that the move would reduce their independence and close the spout on information leaks that don't align with Trump's views.
According to Trump, the "real scandal" was that "so many illegal leaks [were] coming out Washington".
The president has railed against government leaks in the past few days. "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.
According to Schindler, the leaks by the intelligence community were not the problem but Trump's "collusion with Russian intelligence". "I have never knowingly spoken to Russian intelligence officers, and I have never been involved with anything to do with the Russian government or the Putin administration or any other issues under investigation today".