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William Barr May Undo Security Of Mueller From Possible Compromised Trump | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC

William Barr May Undo Security Of Mueller From Possible Compromised Trump | Rachel Maddow...

Rachel Maddow looks at the reasoning of DOJ and intelligence officials that if Donald Trump had been compromised by a foreign power hostile to the United States, he would seek to cover up that fact by attacking the investigations. Though…

Republicans Are Finally Seeing Trump’s Intelligence Problem

It wasn’t the first time the president has dismissed the findings of the U.S. intelligence apparatus — last year he sided with Vladimir Putin in refusing to accept that Russia meddled in the 2016 election — and Republicans are finally starting to grow frustrated with the president’s fidelity to Fox News and foreign autocrats over the FBI and CIA. “There’s an awful lot — there’s so much tradition, and history and complexity to some of these foreign policy issues, you have to rely on people who have been working these issues for decades,” Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), the chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, said on Fox News Sunday. These people have the real knowledge and you have to listen to them.” Johnson also criticized the president’s plan to pull U.S. troops out of Syria, a move based on his false belief that ISIS has been defeated, which National Intelligence Director Dan Coats contradicted last week. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) talks to Chris about ISIS and the situation in the Middle East pic.twitter.com/I21GkGn1g4 — FoxNewsSunday (@FoxNewsSunday) February 3, 2019 Over on CNN, Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) elaborated on why the president’s politicization of intelligence is so troubling. “These are professional people,” he said. “The president’s briefed every day on it. Most of the time they’re pretty much on point.” “It’s troubling to all of us but I think there’s got to be real good communication between the President and the Director of the CIA and the Director of National Intelligence … Most of the time, they’re pretty much on point,” @SenShelby says of Trump criticizing his intel chiefs pic.twitter.com/OFR5dk3u5P — State of the Union (@CNNSotu) February 3, 2019 “It’s troubling to all of us,” said Shelby, “but I think there’s got to be real good communications between the president and the director of the CIA and the director of national intelligence.” But fostering “good communication” between the president and his intelligence chiefs has so far been close to impossible. On Saturday, Time published a terrifying look inside the president’s intelligence briefings, with several officials describing “futile attempts to keep [Trump’s] attention by using visual aids, confining some briefing points to two or three sentences, and repeating his name and title as frequently as possible.” The report notes that the president is prone to have outbursts if material presented in the briefings contradicts his delusions, and that intelligence officials are often warned not to present Trump with findings that contradict views he has expressed in public. The Time report features several other glimpses of Trump’s incompetence and, as one official described it, “willful ignorance” regarding intelligence that dates back to when he first took office. Trump routinely cites his relationship with Kim Jong-un as one of the chief accomplishments of his first two years in office, downplaying the idea that North Korea’s nuclear program is still operational.

‘Willful Ignorance.’ Inside President Trump’s Troubled Intelligence Briefings

Two intelligence officers even reported that they have been warned to avoid giving the President intelligence assessments that contradict stances he has taken in public. Salwan Georges—The Washington Post/Getty Images That reaction was on display this week. At a Congressional hearing on national security threats, the leaders of all the major intelligence agencies, including the Directors of National Intelligence, the CIA and the FBI contradicted Trump on issues relating to North Korea, Russia, the Islamic State, and Iran. A small number of senior officials, often including the Director of Central Intelligence, Director of National Intelligence or the heads of other agencies depending on the topic, usually deliver it. The reporting for this story is based on interviews with multiple officials who have first hand knowledge of the episodes they describe, and multiple others who have been briefed on them. Trump, they said, pointed at the map and said he knew that Nepal was part of India, only to be told that it is an independent nation. Several pointed to concerns regarding Trump’s assessment of the threat posed by North Korea’s nuclear capabilities. After Trump’s summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un last summer, the North claimed to have destroyed its major underground nuclear testing facility at Punggye-ri, and Trump has gone out of his way to credit the claim. Intelligence officials from multiple agencies later warned Trump that entrances at the facility that had been closed after the summit could still be reopened. For now, the briefers are heartened by the intelligence community leaders who risked Trump’s ire by contradicting him in public testimony this week.

Trump Comes Out Strongly Against Intelligence

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Using some of his harshest rhetoric in recent memory, President Donald J. Trump came out strongly against intelligence on Wednesday morning. “I’ve listened to these people with so-called intelligence go on and on, and, quite frankly, it’s a waste of time,” he said. “I know a lot more than people with intelligence do.” Trump added that he has stopped receiving intelligence briefings at the White House, arguing, “I can do my job without any intelligence whatsoever.” He said that he has chosen, instead, to seek advice from his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and from his elder children, Ivanka, Eric, and Donald, Jr. “You won’t find a trace of intelligence in anything they say,” he boasted. At a briefing for the White House press corps, the President’s press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, denied that Trump’s war on intelligence was a new development. “Intelligence has never played a role in Donald Trump’s life,” she said.
Democrats Aim For Insights On National Security In New Hearings | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC

Democrats Aim For Insights On National Security In New Hearings | Rachel Maddow |...

Rachel Maddow runs through some of the many open questions about the Donald Trump administration and national security, from Trump's cinematic justifications for a border crisis to assessments of worldwide threats. » Subscribe to MSNBC: http://on.msnbc.com/SubscribeTomsnbc MSNBC delivers breaking news…
Republicans Slow To Staff Key Committee, Slowing Robert Mueller Help | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC

Republicans Slow To Staff Key Committee, Slowing Robert Mueller Help | Rachel Maddow |...

Rachel Maddow reports that the House Intelligence Committee is poised to provide Robert Mueller's Trump-Russia investigation with transcripts of witness testimony, but cannot until Republicans name members to the committee, which for some reason they have neglected to do so…
Michael Cohen's Legal Adviser: Trump & Giuliani Using Mob-Style Intimidation | The 11th Hour | MSNBC

Michael Cohen’s Legal Adviser: Trump & Giuliani Using Mob-Style Intimidation | The 11th Hour...

Michael Cohen has been subpoenaed by the Senate Intelligence Cmte. as NBC News breaks news on how Jared Kushner got his security clearance. MSNBC Legal Analyst Maya Wiley joins to discuss. » Subscribe to MSNBC: http://on.msnbc.com/SubscribeTomsnbc About: MSNBC is the…
Alarm Rises As President Trump Behavior Aligns With Putin's Fondest Wishes | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC

Alarm Rises As President Trump Behavior Aligns With Putin’s Fondest Wishes | Rachel Maddow...

Rachel Maddow looks at mounting evidence of Donald Trump policy inclinations lining up with the wildest anti-American, anti-Western dreams of Vladimir Putin as Donald Trump reportedly tries to obscure his personal interactions with Putin. » Subscribe to MSNBC: http://on.msnbc.com/SubscribeTomsnbc About:…
Trump 'A Clear And Present Danger': Former DOJ Counterintel Chief | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC

Trump ‘A Clear And Present Danger’: Former DOJ Counterintel Chief | Rachel Maddow |...

David Laufman, former chief of the DOJ's counterintelligence and export control section, talks with Rachel Maddow about why he's speaking out about the risk posed by Donald Trump to the national security of the United States. » Subscribe to MSNBC:…
Why Did President Trump Conceal The Details Of His Meetings With Putin? | The 11th Hour | MSNBC

Why Did President Trump Conceal The Details Of His Meetings With Putin? | The...

After news that the FBI opened an investigation into whether Trump was working for Russia, the Washington Post breaks the news that Trump concealed details of his meetings with Putin from U.S. officials. Jeremy Bash & Robert Costa react. »…
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