Since the November election, USA intelligence and law enforcement agencies have detected an increase in suspected Russian intelligence officers entering the U.S. under the guise of other business, according to multiple current and former senior United States intelligence officials.
"I remember when I was sitting back listening about Iraq, weapons of mass destruction".
Thursday on CNN's "The Situation Room", former Obama Director of National Intelligence James Clapper called into question a key talking point regularly used by those alleging Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
However, Clapper insisted that he remained confident in the assessments of the intelligence community - namely the CIA, FBI and NSA - that Russian Federation was the sole influencer.
"Let me just start off by saying I heard it was 17 agencies", Trump said Thursday.
It is true that the main agencies that said they have "high confidence" of Russian hacking were the Central Intelligence Agency, the National Security Agency, the F.B.I. and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI). Do we even have that many intelligence agencies, right?
L'OM souhaite obtenir le prêt de Bacca — Mercato
Ils nous ont demandé de faire la communication avec l'OM pour voir si y a une possibilité entre Marseille et Milan pour le joueur. C'est en effet ce que révèle un agent très bien implanté à l'OM et au cœur des négociations pour la venue de Carlos Bacca .
The reason that we limited it to those three agencies plus my office was the three agencies were the only ones that could really contribute and - to this report and because of the great sensitivity of some of the sources that we depended on to make that assessment. It turned out to be three or four.
"I see nothing with that statement", he said.
And so others - and because of the short timeline we had to get it done because President Obama mandated it be done before the end of his administration.
As the highly anticipated, first ever Trump-Putin meeting was getting underway, Yates, a career Department of Justice official who was sacked by Trump in January, tweeted: "POTUS' inexplicable refusal to confirm Russian election interference insults career intel pros & hinders our ability to prevent in future".
Over the months, Trump's responses have varied and his latest comments, one day prior to his scheduled sit-down with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Europe, broke again with the repeated public assertions of current and former intelligence officials that Russia was to blame. We saw no evidence whatsoever there was other - there was anyone involved in this other than the Russians.
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