Published: Fri, February 17, 2017
World | By Carl Welch

Trump confirms intelligence leaks probe at combative news conference

Trump confirms intelligence leaks probe at combative news conference

Stephen Feinberg, the co-founder of private investment firm Cerberus Capital Management, is worth an estimated $1.27 billion, $1.5 million of which he donated to a pro-Trump group during the 2016 campaign.

Last week, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer announced that the administration had launched an investigation into the leaks.

An administration official confirmed the move is under consideration.

The intelligence officials who are withholding the information are doing so because they fear that Trump could leak secrets to Russian Federation, or because of political battles with the president, according to the anonymous sources cited in the Journal report.

Schindler took to the social media platform also to relay further and thus far unestablished allegations that Trump is in collusion with Putin.

Leaks to the press by personnel working for national security agencies to meddle in American politics are a fact of life and are always worse during Republican presidencies.

"But this is Washington", the Times' Michael D. Shear observed in a separate story on Wednesday, "where leaks are common currency-and, depending what side you're on, either sinister or patriotic. Information is being illegally given to the failing @nytimes & @washingtonpost by the intelligence community (NSA and FBI?).Just like Russia", Trump said in a series of tweet.

According to Trump, the "real scandal" was that "so many illegal leaks [were] coming out Washington".

Withholding some information from presidents is not new for intelligence agencies, but the difference in Trump's case is that the decision to refrain from sharing sensitive intelligence stemmed from concerns about leaks or compromises, the Journal reported.

"All I am saying is there is not an announcement at this time", she said.

Less than one month ago, President Trump met with a group of intelligence officials, prompting him to offer a considerably different view of the intelligence community than the one we're witnessing now.

The officials' decision to keep information from Mr. Trump underscores the deep mistrust that has developed between the intelligence community and the president over his team's contacts with the Russian government, as well as the enmity he has shown toward USA spy agencies.

Given the urgency of getting these jobs filled, President Trump should seriously consider recess appointments if Senate Democrats continue their efforts to slow roll the confirmation of Trump nominees.

Trump's relationship with the intelligence community was already frayed before he took office, following several outbursts in which he accused the spy agencies of trying to undermine the authenticity of his election win when investigations concluded that Russian Federation had in fact been involved in hacking to influence the outcome.

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