Ex-acting AG Yates slams Trump's 'inexplicable refusal' to confront Russian Federation

Ex-acting AG Yates slams Trump's 'inexplicable refusal' to confront Russian Federation

Current and former USA intelligence officials believe that Russian Federation has been emboldened by the results of their 2016 election meddling, stepping up its spying efforts against the United States.

"I don't think he choked". As Trump conveyed, it is not known for sure what happened.

Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates on Friday slammed President Donald Trump's "inexplicable refusal" to confirm Russian interference in the 2016 election, saying it hinders the US Intelligence Community.

Since the November election, U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies have detected an increase in suspected Russian intelligence officers entering the United States under the guise of other business, according to multiple current and former senior USA intelligence officials.

And Trump once again brought up the intelligence community's failure 15 years ago over Iraq's weapons of mass destruction as a reason to doubt the intelligence community's conclusions.

The issue has been compounded by the State Department continuing to issue temporary duty visas to suspected Russian intelligence officers, despite the findings of the US intelligence community.

"Russia did it. There's no rational person who looked at evidence and concluded otherwise", Lieu said.

Russian Federation has repeatedly denied interfering in last year's election.

"If we did some military action against North Korea, they would reflexively do what they vowed on more than one occasion, which is to change Seoul into a sea of fire", Clapper said. The "de-escalation agreement" is to go into effect at 12:00 p.m. Damascus time on Sunday.

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Whether the government of Russian Federation attempted to maneuver the presidential elections or not, when Obama was given the Intel back in August, the information should have been shared.

Prior to retiring in January following more than a half-century of government service, Mr. Clapper signed off on an intelligence community assessment accusing Russian President Vladimir Putin of meddling in last year's election in a bid to boost Mr. Trump over his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton.

The Obama administration in December 2016 expelled 35 Russian diplomats from the United States and shuttered Russian compounds in Maryland and NY, but many Democrats and Obama administration officials say they should have responded more quickly.

"In a foreign country the day before he meets the president of Russian Federation, did he just throw the USA intelligence community under the bus?"

"I won't be specific", he said. Right? Let's check it. "The Russians have very different interests than we do in Syria, however, and we would be wise to treat any Russian commitments with a jaundiced eye".

AP, New York Times, LA Times, CNN, NBC's Meet the Press, ABC's George Stephanopoulos and USA Today were just a few major news outlets to repeat the "17 intelligence agencies narrative" even after it had been debunked by James Clapper.

His already-fragile tensions with the intelligence community were only exacerbated after he visited the CIA on the first full day of his presidency, delivered a campaign-style speech hyping his win in front of a memorial wall that honors agents killed in the line of duty.

"We decided it was a conscious judgment to restrict it to those three", Clapper told Minnesota Sen. "I'm not aware of anyone who dissented, or disagreed when it came out". "Not all 17 intelligence agencies were involved in reaching the assessment". He added that Trump's remarks about press accounts of the number of intelligence agencies that initially agreed that Russian Federation interfered are essentially meaningless because the first report indicated which agencies signed off.

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