Trump calls for probe into intel leak on Russia election meddling

Clay Curtis
February 27, 2020

"I think at that time, I thought Hillary was a shoe-in, so I was having fun with Bernie". Nobody briefed me about that at all.

The president also claimed that House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), a longtime foe, orchestrated a leak to media outlets. "So they put out a thing that Russian Federation is backing him", Trump said, referring to the Democrats.

"I haven't seen any intelligence to support the reports that were leaked out of the House". He should not be leaking information out of intelligence.

"We didn't even mention that Bernie was also briefed at the same time [as Trump]", she said. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., claimed that Russian Federation would want a second Trump term "because he has been a gift to Russian Federation".

"Nice deflection, Mr. President".

"Your false claims fool no one", Schiff said Sunday in a tweet. Trump reportedly became angry after he heard of the briefing, and fired acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire. "You've betrayed America. Again".

Anonymous officials told CNN that the U.S.

"Another misinformation campaign is being launched by Democrats in Congress saying that Russian Federation prefers me to any of the Do Nothing Democrat candidates", Trump tweeted in response to the story.

Intelligence officials have not commented publicly on the February 13 briefing given to members of the House Intelligence Committee.

"During the (February 13) briefing, the Intelligence Community did not state that Russian Federation is aiding the reelection of President Trump", the senior official said. "It was sort of a unusual thing that they went to Bernie". "We also didn't mention that now it's come out that maybe people that had briefed those people, briefed the campaigns, may have overstepped it a little bit".

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Then there's Trump's consistent and chillingly odd refusal to ever directly confront Russian leader Vladimir Putin - even when prompted to choose between Putin and US intelligence.

"They'd probably like him to be president, understandably, because he wants to spend money on social programs and probably would have to take it out of the military", O'Brien said.

O'Brien claimed he had not seen any intelligence or analyses indicating that Russian Federation was aiding Trump and neither had top leaders in the intelligence agencies.

"Well, there's no briefing that I've received, that the President has received, that says that President Putin is doing anything to try and influence the elections in favor of President Trump".

The Republican president said Maguire was not forced out.

"From what I understand about the report ..."

"I've seen the reports from that briefing at the intel committee", he said.

"I'm the person most likely to beat Trump".

Nominating people to serve temporarily in the top intelligence post lets Trump bypass the Senate, which hasn't always seen eye-to-eye with him despite being controlled by the GOP. Trump has spoken to him and to US Ambassador to the Netherlands Pete Hoekstra about the job in recent days, multiple sources said. It's so completely idiotic, the idea that he's sitting in Moscow presiding over a very complicated country and analyzing the Democratic nomination and picking which candidate he wants to win. And while it is not inconceivable that Russian Federation is once again looking to boost Trump's candidacy, three national security officials said the U.S. intelligence community does not yet have the evidence to make that assessment.

But it's a sore subject for Trump, who has played down the findings and said they are an attempt to de-legitimize his victory.

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