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Trump wants Jewish billionaire to vet spy agencies

Trump wants Jewish billionaire to vet spy agencies

But the report adds fuel to the idea that there's an ongoing feud between Trump and the intelligence community.

"Leaks need to be investigated, but those investigations should be conducted in a manner that is not disparaging of our dedicated [intelligence community] professionals, nor destructive to the entire community", Clapper said in a statement Thursday, according to CNN.

Trump wasn't happy about the "un-American", writing a series of tweets on Wednesday morning.

Members of the intelligence community told The New York Times that they worry that Feinberg, who also has a cozy relationship with Chief White House Strategist Stephen Bannon, will inhibit their independence and block any information that doesn't comply with Trump's worldview.

"Information is illegally given out by "intelligence" like candy", tweeted President Trump Wednesday.

The Trump White House and intelligence officials said on the record that there's no such withholding of information going on.

Schindler had written on Sunday that there was an increasing concern within the intelligence community over information security and the extent of the administration's ties to Russian Federation.


"Now we go nuclear".

On Thursday, Trump vowed to punish those leaking classified information to the press, including the details about phone calls between former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and the Russian ambassador. "[Intelligence community] war going to new levels. Just got an EM [email] from senior IC [intelligence community] friend, it began "he will die in jail".

Once Trump officials are in place and assert control over national security agencies, acting officials named by the Obama administration can be reassigned.

According to Schindler, members of the intelligence community were so anxious about Trump's ties with the Kremlin that they were withholding intelligence from the White House.

"The spotlight has finally been put on the low-life leakers!"

Trump has clobbered newspaper reporters and editorial boards, TV journalists and the occasional radio broadcaster for bias, declaring them "fake news" purveyors and siding with a "silent majority" base of voters whom he believes regard the press with equal suspicion. "They will be caught!"

Trump was slow to accept the conclusion by US intelligence agencies that Russian Federation had meddled in last year's election, and he lashed out Wednesday at the intelligence community for "illegally" leaking information that preceded the resignation of Michael Flynn as national security adviser.