Categories for Intelligence

31,888. 12/16/2019

INTELLIGENCE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @PlaysTrumpCard: @TomFitton @realDonaldTrump The only thing that never leaked from our 17 gazillion intel agencies over the last 3 years…”

-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, December 16, 2019 9:58 am

31,688. 12/12/2019

INTELLIGENCE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @Jim_Jordan: The U.S. government’s powerful tools designed and authorized for international intelligence gathering were deployed to moni…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, December 12, 2019 8:47 am

31,127. 12/2/2019

DEMS/IMPEACHMENT/INTELLIGENCE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UKRAINE: “House Democrats pressed forward on Monday [12-2-19] with the next phase of their impeachment inquiry, putting the final touches on an Intelligence Committee report expected to form the basis of their case that President Trump’s effort to pressure Ukraine to announce investigations of his political rivals was an abuse of power that warrants his removal from office. Lawmakers from the panel reviewed the staff-written report for the first time on Monday evening, ahead of its public release and a scheduled Tuesday [12-3-19] evening vote to transmit it to the Judiciary Committee. It will conclude that Mr. Trump, working with allies inside and outside his administration, used the power of his office to pressure Ukraine to do his bidding in order to gain an advantage in the 2020 presidential race.”

Nicholas Fandos, “Democrats Ready Impeachment Report as Republicans Argue Trump Did Nothing Wrong,” The New York Times online, December 2, 2019

31,017. 11/25/2019

CONGRESS/DEMS/INTELLIGENCE/JUSTICE DEPARTMENT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff said today’s ruling in former White House counsel Don McGahn’s case is ‘a very significant victory for congressional oversight, and for the American people.’ He also reiterated tonight that it will be up to the witnesses who defied the committee’s demands to change course if they want to testify in impeachment inquiry. Schiff’s statement comes after a federal judge ruled today that McGahn must testify to the House of Representatives in its impeachment probe. The Justice Department plans to appeal the ruling in the McGahn case, a department spokesperson said. An attorney for McGahn said the former White House counsel would testify, unless the case is paused for appeals.”

Manu Raju, “Schiff: McGahn ruling is “a very significant victory for congressional oversight”,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, November 25, 2019 8:06 pm

30,775. 11/19/2019

IMPEACHMENT/INTELLIGENCE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UKRAINE: “Kurt D. Volker, Mr. Trump’s former special envoy to Ukraine, appeared in front of the House Intelligence Committee on the third day of public impeachment hearings on Tuesday [11-19-19]. Mr. Volker, who abruptly resigned one day after the release of the whistle-blower complaint, said, “At no time was I aware of or knowingly took part in an effort to urge Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Biden.’ The following is Mr. Volker’s opening statement, as prepared for delivery and released by the House Intelligence Committee. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/19/us/politics/volker-statement-testimony.html?searchResultPosition=5

NYT Staff, “Read Kurt Volker’s Prepared Opening Statement From the Impeachment Hearing,” The New York Times online, November 19, 2019

30,774. 11/19/2019

IMPEACHMENT/INTELLIGENCE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UKRAINE: “Lt. Col. Alexander S. Vindman, the top Ukraine expert on the National Security Council, appeared in front of the House Intelligence Committee on the third day of public impeachment hearings. Mr. Vindman, who listened in on the July 25 phone call between President Trump and Ukraine’s leader, said, ‘I was concerned by the call.’ The following is Mr. Vindman’s opening statement, as prepared for delivery and released by the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/19/us/politics/vindman-statement-testimony.html?searchResultPosition=6

NYT Staff, “Read Alexander Vindman’s Prepared Opening Statement From the Impeachment Hearing,” The New York Times online, November 19, 2019

30,604. 11/14/2019

DEMS/IMPEACHMENT/INTELLIGENCE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @RepMarkMeadows: Brilliant job by my colleagues today on the Intel Committee. They clearly highlighted the gaping holes in the Democrats…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, November 14, 2019 6:41 am

30,518. 11/12/2019

INTELLIGENCE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE/WHISTLEBLOWER: “President Trump has discussed dismissing the intelligence community’s inspector general, Michael Atkinson, because Mr. Atkinson reported a whistle-blower’s complaint about Mr. Trump’s interactions with Ukraine to Congress after concluding it was credible, according to four people familiar with the discussions. Mr. Trump first expressed his dismay about Mr. Atkinson around the time the whistle-blower’s complaint became public in September. In recent weeks, he has continued to raise with aides the possibility of firing him, one of the people said. The president has said he does not understand why Mr. Atkinson shared the complaint, which outlined how Mr. Trump asked the Ukrainian president to investigate Mr. Trump’s political rivals at the same time he was withholding military aid from the country.”

Maggie Haberman and Michael S. Schmidt, “Trump Has Considered Firing Intelligence Community Inspector General,” The New York Times online, November 12, 2019

30,368. 11/8/2019

CONGRESS/ELECTION/INTELLIGENCE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “U.S. spy and law enforcement agencies on Friday [11-8-19] said they had strengthened procedures for informing Congress, state and local governments, private business and the public about foreign interference in U.S. elections. The FBI has already given some American election candidates ‘defensive’ briefings on evidence U.S. agencies collected of possible election interference, an FBI official told a briefing for journalists. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, declined to give further details regarding who might have been warned about the interference or where and how such interference might have originated. An official, also speaking on condition of anonymity, said that U.S. agencies believe that Russia, China and Iran all present continuing potential threats to the U.S. electoral system. However, officials stressed that U.S. agencies had not seen direct threats to American election systems recently.”

Mark Hosenball, “Spy, law enforcement agencies step up U.S. election security measures,” Reuters, November 8, 2019 11:27 am

30,301. 11/5/2019

FOREIGN POLICY/IMPEACHMENT/INTELLIGENCE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UKRAINE: “The Ukraine-linked impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump could prove a golden opportunity for foreign intelligence agencies seeking to exploit vulnerabilities in America’s security apparatus. Hostile spy services now have vivid confirmation of what was long suspected: that Trump is willing to use outsiders to pursue his foreign policy goals; that his aides frequently use non-official tech platforms to communicate; and that he has angered and alienated much of the U.S. bureaucracy. Trump himself has long been seen by intelligence veterans as an espionage risk. But now, as the impeachment inquiry exposes the actions of the people around him, they too, are more likely to become intelligence targets. The impeachment fight also is sure to deepen America’s partisan polarization – a special gift to Russia and other actors that peddle disinformation to tear at social fabrics and influence elections.”

-Nahal Toosi, “Trump’s impeachment woes offer openings for foreign spies,” Politico, November 5, 2019 12:00 pm

30,000. 10/29/2019

DEMS/IMPEACHMENT/INTELLIGENCE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @RepMarkMeadows: We’ve just learned House Democrats are moving the public impeachment hearings to the Intelligence Committee — taking it…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 29, 2019 6:53 am

29,760. 10/22/2019

ATTORNEY GENERAL/CIA/INTELLIGENCE/JUSTICE DEPARTMENT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “President Donald Trump’s obsession with former CIA director John Brennan could be on a collision course with an ongoing Justice Department probe as Attorney General Bill Barr takes a more hands-on approach to examining the intelligence community’s actions in 2016. Barr has been meeting with the U.S.’ closest foreign intelligence allies in recent months, making repeated overseas trips as part of an investigation he is overseeing into the origins of the Russia probe and whether any inappropriate ‘spying’ occurred on Trump’s campaign. As part of that investigation, Barr and John Durham, the federal prosecutor he appointed to conduct it, have been probing a conspiracy theory for which there is little if any evidence, according to several people with knowledge of the matter: that a key player in the Russia probe, a professor named Joseph Mifsud, was actually a Western intelligence asset sent to discredit the Trump campaign — and that the CIA, under Brennan, was somehow involved.”

Natasha Bertrand and Daniel Lippman, “Trump’s quest for vengeance against John Brennan,” Politico, October 22, 2019 5:06 am

29,093. 10/4/2019

INTELLIGENCE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WHISTLEBLOWER: “RT @paulsperry_: Once voters understand that Trump was set up and framed by intelligence ops like the whistleblower in 2016, falsely accuse…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 4, 2019 10:13 pm

29,091. 10/4/2019

2016 ELECTION/DEMS/INTELLIGENCE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WHISTLEBLOWER: “RT @paulsperry_: BREAKING: The whistleblower is a registered Democrat & CIA analyst who was detailed before the 2016 election to the Obama…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 4, 2019 10:12 pm

29,063. 10/4/2019

DEMS/INTELLIGENCE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WHISTLEBLOWER: “The Whistleblower, who had the facts wrong about the phone call, reached out, and more, to the Democrat controlled House Intelligence Committee. Schiff never told us about this!”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 4, 2019 8:11 am

28,990. 10/2/2019

DEMS/HOUSE OF REPS/INTELLIGENCE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UKRAINE/WHISTLEBLOWER: “The Democratic head of the House Intelligence Committee, Representative Adam B. Schiff of California, learned about the outlines of a C.I.A. officer’s concerns that President Trump had abused his power days before the officer filed a  whistle-blower complaint, according to a spokesman and current and former American officials. The early account by the future whistle-blower shows how determined he was to make known his allegations that Mr. Trump asked Ukraine’s government to interfere on his behalf in the 2020 election. It also explains how Mr. Schiff knew to press for the complaint when the Trump administration initially blocked lawmakers from seeing it. The C.I.A. officer approached a House Intelligence Committee aide with his concerns about Mr. Trump only after he had had a colleague first convey them to the C.I.A.’s top lawyer.”

Julian E. Barnes, Michael S. Schmidt and Matthew Rosenberg, “Schiff Got Early Account of Accusations as Whistle-Blower’s Concerns Grew,” The New York Times online, October 2, 2019

28,988. 10/2/2019

DEMS/HOUSE OF REPS/IMPEACHMENT/INTELLIGENCE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump was watching television in the White House on Wednesday [10-2-19] morning when cable news channels started airing Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Representative Adam B. Schiff, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, warning at a news conference that any attempts by the president to stonewall their impeachment investigation would be viewed as obstruction. Mr. Trump did not wait for Ms. Pelosi and Mr. Schiff to finish before responding. First he attacked Ms. Pelosi on Twitter, saying she was neglecting the work of Congress ‘and trying to win an election through impeachment.’ Then he tweeted again, sharing a campaign video that accused Democrats of trying to undo the results of the 2016 election. He continued those attacks later in the afternoon, both before and after a meeting with Sauli Niinisto, the president of Finland, and became increasingly angry as he went on.”

Maggie Haberman and Annie Karni, “Impeachment War Room? Trump Does It All Himself, and That Worries Republicans,” The New York Times online, October 2, 2019

28,798. 9/27/2019

DEMS/HOUSE OF REPS/IMPEACHMENT/INTELLIGENCE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump on Friday [9-27-19] declared all-out Twitter war on Rep. Adam Schiff, the House Intelligence chairman who has emerged over the past week as a driving force of Democratic lawmakers’ newly announced impeachment inquiry. The president lashed out in a quartet of morning posts, incensed by the California congressman’s hyperbolic opening statement a day earlier during a meeting of his committee…At Thursday’s [9-26-19] Intelligence panel hearing, featuring testimony by Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire, Schiff offered an exaggerated version of the transcript of Trump’s phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on July 25. That conversation, during which Trump urged Zelensky to work with Attorney General William Barr to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, is the main focus of the impeachment probe into the president’s conduct.”

Quint Forgey, “Trump declares war on Schiff,” Politico, September 27, 2019  12:08 pm

28,777. 9/26/2019

IMPEACHMENT/INTELLIGENCE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UKRAINE: “‘In the course of my duties, I have received information from multiple U.S. government officials that the President of the United States is using the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country in the 2020 U.S. election.’ Thus began an explosive criminal complaint drafted by an American intelligence officer and released by the House Intelligence Committee on Thursday [9-26-19]. At the center of the whistle-blower’s complaint is a July call between Mr. Trump and President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine. Mr. Trump brought up American aid to that country — without explicitly mentioning that he had just frozen a military aid package of hundreds of millions of dollars — and then pressed the Ukrainian leader to investigate former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. The whistle-blower, who did not listen directly to the call, also said that in an attempt to ‘lock down’ all records of the call, White House lawyers told officials to move the transcript into a separate system reserved for classified information that is especially sensitive.”

Nicholas Fandos, “Trump Impeachment Inquiry Updates: The Complaint, the Testimony, the Reaction,” The New York Times online, September 26, 2019

28,756. 9/26/2019

INTELLIGENCE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UKRAINE/WHISTLEBLOWER: “An intelligence community whistleblower claimed White House officials expressed alarm that they had witnessed President Donald Trump ‘abuse his office for personal gain’ during a phone call with Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelensky in July.                                                                                         

https://www.politico.com/news/2019/09/26/read-the-trump-ukraine-whistleblower-complaint-002239     

Politico Staff, “Read the Trump-Ukraine whistleblower complaint,” Politico, September 26, 2019 8:53 am

28,683. 9/25/2019

ATTORNEY GENERAL/INTELLIGENCE/JUSTICE DEPARTMENT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UKRAINE: “At the end of August, when two top intelligence officials asked a Justice Department lawyer whether a whistle-blower’s complaint should be forwarded to Congress, they were told no, Attorney General William P. Barr and his department could handle the criminal referral against the president of the United States. About four weeks later, the department rendered its judgment: President Trump had not violated campaign finance laws when he urged Ukraine’s president to work with Mr. Barr to investigate a political rival, former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. The very same evidence, a reconstructed transcript of a July call between Mr. Trump and Volodymyr Zelensky, has whipped Washington into an impeachment crisis in a matter of days. The sharply different responses to the call’s reconstruction, released by the White House on Wednesday, has helped further the perception that Mr. Trump regards Mr. Barr not as the nation’s highest law enforcement officer but as his political ally and legal protector.”

-Katie Benner, “Justice Dept.’s Dismissal of Ukraine Call Raises New Questions About Barr,” The New York Times online, September 25, 2019

28,674. 9/25/2019

INTELLIGENCE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WHISTLEBLOWER: “RT @joegooding: This ‘whistleblower’ was found by the Intelligence Community IG to have a political bias against @POTUS @realDonaldTrump an…” 

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, September 25, 2019 7:46 am

28,638. 9/24/2019

DEMS/FOREIGN DIGNITARIES/INTELLIGENCE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WHISTLEBLOWER: “Sometimes President Trump is in the Oval Office when he talks on the phone with a president or prime minister. Occasionally he is flying aboard Air Force One. Often he is in the White House residence, picking up the phone from the Treaty Room, or from his private suite, to connect with a world leader. And at least on his end of the line, only a small circle of aides are privy to the conversation. Ever since Democrats revealed that a whistle-blower in the intelligence community had filed an ‘urgent’ report off a call the president held with a foreign leader, speculation has centered on how the person could have known what was said between Mr. Trump and Volodymir Zelensky, the young new leader of Ukraine. With some difficulty, it turns out. While Mr. Trump is on a call, his national security adviser is typically either in the room with him or listening in from his West Wing office.”

Annie Karni, “Trump’s Calls With World Leaders Are Freewheeling, but Few Have Access,” The New York Times online, September 24, 2019

28,589. 9/21/2019

INTELLIGENCE/SPYGATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “‘It appears that an American spy in one of our intelligence agencies may have been spying on our own president. The complaint suggests that this intel agent was listening in on Trump’s conversation….”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, September 21, 2019 4:47 pm

28,555. 9/19/2019

DEMS/HOUSE OF REPS/INTELLIGENCE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UKRAINE/WHISTLEBLOWER: “A potentially explosive complaint by a whistle-blower in the intelligence community said to involve President Trump emerged on Thursday [9-19-19] as the latest front in a continuing oversight dispute between administration officials and House Democrats. While the allegation remains shrouded in mystery, it involves at least one instance of Mr. Trump making an unspecified commitment to a foreign leader and includes other actions, according to interviews. At least part of the allegation deals with Ukraine, two people familiar with it said. The complaint, submitted by a member of the intelligence community to its inspector general, renewed questions about how the president handles delicate matters. Mr. Trump defended his actions, and allies described his style with foreign leaders as more freewheeling than typical high-level diplomacy. ‘I would only do what is right anyway, and only do good for the USA!’ Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter. Though it is not clear how Ukraine fits into the allegation, questions have already emerged about Mr. Trump’s dealings with its government.”

Julian E. Barnes, Nicholas Fandos, Michael S. Schmidt and Matthew Rosenberg, “Whistle-Blower Complaint Sets Off a Battle Involving Trump,” The New York Times online, September 19, 2019