Government - Spies Still Angry At Trump
After being forced to fire his National Security Advisor, Donald Trump complained that leakers in the US intelligence community are sharing information with the world. But it turns out that one person isn't on the share list: Donald Trump.
The Wall Street Journal is now the third newspaper to report that US intelligence agencies are refusing to share sensitive information with the White House, this time because the staff is leaking stories willy nilly. Earlier this week, the New York Observer reported that the National Security Agency (NSA) and others wouldn't brief Trump because of his connections with Russia; before that, Israel's Yedioth Ahronoth said US spies warned their Israeli counterparts not to tell their secrets to Trump, for fear the info would be given to Russia and then relayed to Moscow's allies in Tehran and Damascus.
After a year of belittlement during the presidential campaign and concerns over Trump's Russian connections, it now seems clear that the intelligence community is at war with the White House. As the unnecessary drama increases, Republicans in congress are finding it hard to look away.
The Senate Judiciary Committee is now demanding that Trump's Department of Justice hand over documents related to the forced resignation of National Security Advisor ret. Gen. Michael Flynn. Trump forced Flynn out on Monday after reports that Flynn had discussed US sanctions on Russia with the Russian ambassador to the United States before Trump took office, and that he later misled Vice President Mike Pence about the conversations. Trump was made aware of this in January, but waited until the story hit the media - more than two weeks later - to do anything about it.