U.S. national security officials are reportedly ready to “go nuclear” after President Donald Trump’s latest attack on the intelligence community.
In a series of tweets on Tuesday and Wednesday, Trump insisted that the “real scandal” was not that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn lied about his contact with Russia. Instead, the president blasted what he said were “un-American” leaks that led to Flynn’s ousting.
Donald J. Trump ✔@realDonaldTrumpThe real story here is why are there so many illegal leaks coming out of Washington? Will these leaks be happening as I deal on N.Korea etc?
9:28 AM - 14 Feb 2017
Donald J. Trump ✔@realDonaldTrumpInformation is being illegally given to the failing @nytimes & @washingtonpost by the intelligence community (NSA and FBI?).Just like Russia
7:19 AM - 15 Feb 2017
Donald J. Trump ✔@realDonaldTrumpThe real scandal here is that classified information is illegally given out by "intelligence" like candy. Very un-American!
8:13 AM - 15 Feb 2017
On Wednesday, former NSA intelligence analyst John Schindler provided some insight into the reaction of national security officials.
“Now we go nuclear,” he wrote on Twitter. “[Intelligence community] war going to new levels. Just got an [email from] senior [intelligence community] friend, it began: ‘He will die in jail.'”
“US intelligence is not the problem here,” Schindler added in another tweet. “The President’s collusion with Russian intelligence is. Many details, but the essence is simple.”
John Schindler ✔@20committeeUS intelligence is not the problem here.
The President's collusion with Russian intelligence is.
Many details, but the essence is simple.
9:21 AM - 15 Feb 2017 John Schindler ✔@20committeeNow we go nuclear. IC war going to new levels. Just got an EM fm senior IC friend, it began: "He will die in jail.
9:27 AM - 15 Feb 2017
It's even WORSE in text form:
"Well, I just want to say that we are, you know, very honored by the victory that we had -- 316 electoral college votes. We were not supposed to crack 220. You know that, right? There was no way to 221, but then they said there's no way to 270. And there's tremendous enthusiasm out there.
I will say that we are going to have peace in this country. We are going to stop crime in this country. We are going to do everything within our power to stop long simmering racism and every other thing that's going on. There's a lot of bad things that have been taking place over a long period of time.
I think one of the reasons I won the election is we have a very, very divided nation, very divided. And hopefully, I'll be able to do something about that. And I, you know, it was something that was very important to me.
As far as people, Jewish people, so many friends; a daughter who happens to be here right now; a son-in-law, and three beautiful grandchildren. I think that you're going to see a lot different United States of America over the next three, four or eight years. I think a lot of good things are happening.
And you're going to see a lot of love. You're going to see a lot of love.
OK? Thank you."
Former Congressman Jack Kingston (R-GA) got a lesson in reality from CNN host Don Lemon Tuesday after he attempted to dismiss U.S. intelligence reports that former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn had been communicating with Russia in possible violation of the Logan Act.
Tuesday the White House went into damage control over the Flynn’s Monday night resignation, only to be faced with another crisis when the New York Times released a bombshell report stating Flynn was not the only person associated with the Trump campaign to be in contact with the Russians before Trump was sworn in.
Speaking with Lemon, the former Georgia lawmaker first criticized those who have called for an investigation into Flynn’s contacts, saying they were,”Not helping our national security picture right now.”
Kingston, who has his own ties to Russia, then tried a new approach, saying Flynn was the real victim because U.S. intelligence agencies were listening in on him illegally.
According to Kingston, the accusations against Flynn are suspect because no details have been released.
“How does an American intelligence agency spy on a private citizen and then leak the –“Kingston continued, before Lemon cut him off.“Well, we don’t know exactly what he said if he did violate the Logan Act,” Kingston offered. “But what we do know is that he was spied on by American security agencies and that’s against the law.”
“This is what you have wrong about that, Jack,” Lemon explained. “These were routine interception surveillance and it wasn’t on a private citizen, but with people who were in private contact with Russians. For some reason, this guy was an ambassador to Russia. All the ambassadors to Russia’s calls have the possibility of being intercepted.”
“This was a routine interception,” the CNN host continued. “They were not looking for anything that the general was doing. They were monitoring a Russian ambassador. This wasn’t anything where they were trying catch General Flynn.”
“So I think you have that part of it wrong,” Lemon concluded.
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