Categories for Intelligence

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

28,554. 9/19/2019

DEMS/INTELLIGENCE/LEGAL/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WHISTLEBLOWER: “For years, lawmakers have argued that intelligence personnel concerned about government actions — like Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning — should go through formal whistleblower channels instead of illegally leaking government secrets. But now, an unprecedented standoff between Congress and the Trump administration over a staffer who did go through the formal channels, only to have their concerns withheld from lawmakers, has laid bare a loophole in whistleblower protection laws that many thought would never be revealed: What happens when an intelligence agent blows the whistle on the president? It’s a situation that has lawmakers pointing fingers and national security veterans rattled. Democrats are saying the administration — not the law — is to blame. Republicans, long advocates for strengthening whistleblower protections, are blaming the media and saying President Donald Trump might be entitled to some constitutionally mandated privacy. Former officials and whistleblower specialists are saying Congress needs to ensure this never happens again.”

Natasha Bertrand, “‘A deficiency in the law’: How Trump accidentally exposed a whistleblower loophole,” Politico, September 19, 2019 10:03 pm

28,010. 8/31/2019

INTELLIGENCE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Being scolded by failed former ‘Intelligence’ officials, like James Clapper, on my condolences to Iran on their failed Rocket launch. Sadly for the United States, guys like him, Comey, and the even dumber John Brennan, don’t have a clue. They really set our Country back,….”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, August 31, 2019 2:06 pm

27,818. 8/25/2019

INTELLIGENCE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @JudicialWatch: Americans need an Intelligence Committee that can be trusted, and Representative #AdamSchiff has proven that he cannot b…” 

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, August 25, 2019 5:54 pm

27,385. 8/13/2019

BORDER/CHINA/INTELLIGENCE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Our Intelligence has informed us that the Chinese Government is moving troops to the Border with Hong Kong. Everyone should be calm and safe!” 

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, August 13, 2019 12:17 pm

27,328. 8/9/2019

INTELLIGENCE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “For a brief period this week, the U.S. intelligence apparatus was just days away from losing decades of experience at the top, with nobody in the wings poised to take over. Now intelligence veterans are expressing relief at President Donald Trump’s decision to tap former Navy Vice Adm. Joseph Maguire as the nation’s interim spy chief — calling Maguire a steadying hand for an administration that has frequently left its national security leadership in flux…Trump announced Thursday [8-8-19] that Maguire will become acting director of national intelligence starting Aug. 15, when current Director Dan Coats and his deputy, Sue Gordon, are both set to depart. Trump turned to Maguire after the failure of his initial plan to nominate Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) as Coats’ replacement, which had fueled concerns that the president was seeking to install a partisan loyalist in a job created to address the intelligence failures exposed by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Maguire, 67, is the current leader of the terrorism intelligence center, which falls under the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.”

Martin Matishak, “Temporary spy chief calms unease over Trump’s shakeup — for now,” Politico, August 9, 2019 6:26 pm

27,304. 8/8/2019

INTELLIGENCE/TRUMP PEOPLE: “I am pleased to inform you that the Honorable Joseph Maguire, current Director of the National Counterterrorism Center, will be named Acting Director of National Intelligence, effective August 15th. Admiral Maguire has a long and distinguished….”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, August 8, 2019 6:12 pm

27,301. 8/8/2019

INTELLIGENCE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “….coincides with the retirement of Dan Coats. A new Acting Director of National Intelligence will be named shortly.”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, August 8, 2019 5:19 pm

27,156. 8/2/2019

INTELLIGENCE/NATIONAL SECURITY/NOMINATIONS/TRUMP PEOPLE: “President Donald Trump said Friday [8-2-19] that Rep. John Ratcliffe is withdrawing his bid to become Director of National Intelligence, days after the president floated his name. The announcement comes after Democrats and some Republicans have raised questions about whether the Texas congressman exaggerated his work as federal prosecutor of terrorism cases. Others questioned Ratcliffe’s experience and whether he could give the president unvarnished advice on Russia given his strong partisan views…Trump announced Sunday [7-28-19] that Dan Coats, a former Indiana senator who has held the job since early 2017, would step down this month. Disagreements between Coats and Trump on Russia, North Korea and other matters have often spilled into public view.  Ratcliffe had described himself as a ‘terrorism prosecutor,’ citing that as one of his key national security credentials.”

John Fritze, David Jackson and Michael Collins, “Donald Trump: John Ratcliffe withdrawing his name to be Director of National Intelligence,” USA Today, August 2, 2019 4:15 pm

27,144. 8/2/2019

INTELLIGENCE/RUSSIA/SANCTIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Under pressure to confront Russia, President Donald Trump’s administration placed more sanctions on Vladimir Putin’s government over a nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy living in Britain. It’s the second round of sanctions over the 2018 attempt to kill former Russian military intelligence officer Sergei Skripal in the British town of Salisbury. Citing authority under the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act, the new sanctions announced late Thursday prohibit a number of loans from American banks to Russia’s government, ‘except for loans or credits for the purpose of purchasing food or other agricultural commodities or products.’ Trump has said he wants better relations with Russia. Some lawmakers, however, believe he has been over indulgent with the country, especially in light of Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.”

David Jackson, “Donald Trump sanctions Russia over nerve agent attack on former spy in Britain,” USA Today, August 2, 2019 10:07 am

27,137. 8/2/2019

CONGRESS/INTELLIGENCE/NATIONAL SECURITY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump on Friday [8-2-19] abruptly dropped his plan to nominate Representative John Ratcliffe, Republican of Texas, as the nation’s top intelligence official after questions by Republicans and Democrats about his qualifications and concern over whether he had exaggerated his résumé. Mr. Ratcliffe, a vocal supporter of Mr. Trump, had come under intense scrutiny since the president declared on Sunday on Twitter that the lawmaker was his pick to succeed Dan Coats, who is stepping down as director of national intelligence on Aug. 15. The selection generated scant enthusiasm among senators of both parties, who would have decided whether to confirm him. Mr. Trump, in his post announcing that Mr. Ratcliffe would not be his nominee after all, spoke bitterly of the attention that Mr. Ratcliffe’s overstated claims about his experience as a federal prosecutor quickly received from the news media.”

Charlie Savage, Julian E. Barnes and Annie Karni, “Trump Drops Plans to Nominate John Ratcliffe as Director of National Intelligence,” The New York Times online, August 2, 2019