It’s not just elected Democrats gunning for Donald Trump.
The bureaucracy and some within the intelligence community are actively working to undermine the duly elected President of the United States.
And some are wondering if he will be able to survive politically if their threats continue.
There are troubling reports about the conduct of the intelligence community and their hostility to the new administration.
And some of their actions could very well damage the ability of the Trump administration to respond to a crisis.
Writing in The Observer, John Schindler – a noted Trump critic – reports that some within the intelligence community have begun withholding vital information from the President.
Schindler writes it’s the “good stuff” being withheld from Trump:
“In light of this, and out of worries about the White House’s ability to keep secrets, some of our spy agencies have begun withholding intelligence from the Oval Office. Why risk your most sensitive information if the president may ignore it anyway? A senior National Security Agency official explained that NSA was systematically holding back some of the “good stuff” from the White House, in an unprecedented move. For decades, NSA has prepared special reports for the president’s eyes only, containing enormously sensitive intelligence. In the last three weeks, however, NSA has ceased doing this, fearing Trump and his staff cannot keep their best SIGINT secrets.
Since NSA provides something like 80 percent of the actionable intelligence in our government, what’s being kept from the White House may be very significant indeed. However, such concerns are widely shared across the IC, and NSA doesn’t appear to be the only agency withholding intelligence from the administration out of security fears.”
This is a frightening development.
Unelected intelligence officials are now determining what information the President of the United States can have access to?
This is unprecedented.
And some critics are labeling it as “sabotage”.
@mramblr @MattRAllen Snowden was exposing illegal conduct & deceit: that’s whistle blowing- not purposely sabotaging elected officials
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) February 12, 2017
The intelligence community and foreign policy establishment have their knives drawn for Trump and his administration due to his desire to reorient America’s relationship with Russia.
Trump believes Russia can be an ally in the fight against ISIS.
Some in the intelligence community and foreign policy establishment disagree.
And withholding key information – which could debilitate the government’s ability to anticipate and respond to crisis – is not their only act to undermine the Trump Presidency.
The CIA rejected a security clearance request for a top aide of National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.
Robin Townley was the Senior Director for Africa on the National Security Council and a key Flynn aide.
Townley was a former Marine intelligence officer who previously held top secret clearance.
But he was rejected by the CIA, which some saw as payback directed at Flynn and Townley because of their views on the intelligence community.
“Both sources said that the CIA did not offer much explanation for why Townley’s request for so-called “Sensitive Compartmented Information” clearance was rejected. But the sources said that Flynn and his allies believe it was motivated by Townley’s skepticism of the intelligence community’s techniques — sentiments shared by Flynn.
“They believe this is a hit job from inside the CIA on Flynn and the people close to him,” said one source, who argued that some in the intelligence community feel threatened by Flynn and his allies. “Townley believes that the CIA doesn’t run the world,” the source said.”
This is also a troubling situation.
Some in the intelligence community are going rogue.
Keeping information from the President is a serious action.
Denying his people proper security clearance because of retribution over foreign policy will not help keep America safe.
And that was just the start of the campaign against Flynn.
Sustained leaks by the intelligence community regarding Flynn’s phone call to the Russian ambassador in late December ultimately led to his resignation.
The continuing battle between the intelligence community and the Trump administration has many wondering if career officials and Obama loyalists are trying to sabotage the new President.
During the transition, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper apologized to Trump because reports on the intelligence community’s assessment that the Russians were behind the hacking of Democratic official’s email accounts had appeared in the press before Trump was ever briefed on the matters.
Other damaging leaks from the intelligence community happened to appear in the press at key points during Trump’s transition – such as right before the Electoral College vote as well as the leak of unverified opposition research documents which suggested the Russians had compromising information on Trump right before his inauguration.
Some critics argue the intelligence community is staging a coup against the President by undermining his legitimacy and withholding key information.
Both will weaken his standing politically should the American people believe Trump’s election to be phony and that he is unable to handle foreign challenges because information is not flowing to his desk.
It’s a dangerous situation.
Will Trump survive this politically?
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