Intel Chief Dan Coats Reportedly Not Consulted on Decision to Revoke Brennan Clearance

The current U.S. Director of National Intelligence was apparently not consulted on President Donald Trump‘s decision to revoke the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan. After mulling it over weeks ago––which House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) dismissed as “trolling” at the time––Trump finally made the decision today, announced by Sarah Sanders. Revoking the clearances of others like James Clapper, Michael Hayden, etc. are also still on the table, apparently. And as CNN’s Jim Sciutto reported this afternoon, “The director of national intelligence, Dan Coats, the nation’s most senior intelligence official––and I should remind people, an official appointed by President Trump––that Dan Coats, the DNI, was not consulted by the White House or the President on this decision to revoke the former CIA director John Brennan’s clearance. Remarkable, considering this is presumably an intelligence decision.” Sciutto noted that one thing all the people Continue reading "Intel Chief Dan Coats Reportedly Not Consulted on Decision to Revoke Brennan Clearance"

WATCH: Nation’s Leading Intelligence Official Admits He Doesn’t Understand What Happened at Trump-Putin Summit

On Thursday, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats suggested he was never briefed on what President Donald Trump said Vladimir Putin during their private meeting at the Helsinki summit. The DNI chief joined Sarah Huckabee Sanders for her White House press briefing today, and they were accompanied by FBI Director Chris Wray, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, National Security director John Bolton, and other top members of the intelligence community. The ensemble delivered statements recognizing Russia’s election-meddling activities while also insisting that the administration is taking action to stop it from happening again. When the floor was opened for questions, Reuters’ Jeff Mason noted the “disconnect” between Coats and the White House in light of everything that happened since Trump’s controversial press conference. When asked to explain this, the DNI chief said “I’m not in a position to either understand fully or talk about what happened in Continue reading "WATCH: Nation’s Leading Intelligence Official Admits He Doesn’t Understand What Happened at Trump-Putin Summit"

Fmr Trump Adviser Michael Caputo Says Dan Coats Bashing President at ‘Liberal Enclave’ Aspen is ‘Despicable’

CNN’s Alisyn Camerota had a bristly exchange with political strategist and former Trump campaign adviser Michael Caputo on Monday as they discussed Director of National Intelligence and Trump-appointee Dan Coats‘ appearance at a security summit in Aspen last week. Caputo said he has “a lot of respect” for Coats, before calling him “despicable’ in the same sentence. Coats was speaking with MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell on stage, and on camera, when Mitchell informed the head of intelligence for the United States that the President of the United States had just announced he’d invited Sovie… err, Russian President Vladimir Putin to the White House. Which was something the Director of National Intelligence did not know about until Mitchell read him the tweet that served as an official announcement. “Do you that DNI Coats, you think that that happens all the time where he’s surprised by a revelation is being announced to Continue reading "Fmr Trump Adviser Michael Caputo Says Dan Coats Bashing President at ‘Liberal Enclave’ Aspen is ‘Despicable’"

Trey Gowdy Blasts Trump Over Russia ‘Equivocation’: Advisers May Have to ‘Reevaluate’ Staying in Administration

Rep. Trey Godwy (R-SC) on Fox News Sunday today unleashed on President Donald Trump over his wishy-washy and changing positions on the intelligence regarding Russian interference and whether there was any hacking at all. Brett Baier, filling in for Chris Wallace, asked Gowdy about the op-ed from fellow intel committee member Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX) that said the President is being manipulated by Vladimir Putin. Gowdy said he would defer to Hurd on manipulation, given Hurd’s experience with the CIA. But Gowdy had his own choice words for the President’s takes. “The President has access to every bit of evidence, even more than those of who serve on House intel,” he said. “He has access to Pompeo and Dan Coats and Nikki Haley… the evidence is overwhelming. It can be proven beyond any evidentiary burden that Russia is not our friend and they tried to attack us in
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Intel Chief Dan Coats Apologizes for His ‘Awkward’ Reply to News of Trump Inviting Putin to DC

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats was caught off guard at the Aspen Security Forum when NBC’s Andrea Mitchell broke the news to him that as per a tweet from Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, President Donald Trump asked National Security Advisor John Bolton to ask Russian president Vladimir Putin to Washington DC. His response, in his own words, was “awkward.” “Say that again?” he asked after Mitchell told him about Sanders’ tweet, which had been sent during the talk. Then, after she repeated it, he said, Okay…that’s gonna be special.” Coats reacted reportedly caused outrage among Trump’s advisors. Finally, on Saturday, Coats apologized. “Some press coverage Continue reading "Intel Chief Dan Coats Apologizes for His ‘Awkward’ Reply to News of Trump Inviting Putin to DC"

Former CIA Acting Director John McLaughlin: We Were Attacked and Trump ‘Sided With The Enemy’

Brian Williams spoke to former Deputy CIA Director John McLaughlin about President Donald Trump’s recent remarks and actions with regard to Russia, and McLaughlin had some strong comments in response. “I have to ask you your reaction upon finding out that our Director of National Intelligence is unaware that an adversary has been invited to Washington, say nothing of others of our allies who have yet to receive their first invitation of this presidency,” Williams began. “Well, Brian, you know, my reaction sitting there in the audience today was, you know, our government has slipped out of gear,” McLaughlin replied. “It is not functioning normally.” “I’ve served seven presidents. That would not happen in any other administration,” he continued. “And it shows that the president was not prepared for the Helsinki summit and is now improvising again. Normally the way this works in a normal government that is in Continue reading "Former CIA Acting Director John McLaughlin: We Were Attacked and Trump ‘Sided With The Enemy’"

Matt Schlapp: It’s DNI Coats’ Fault He Didn’t Know Trump Was Inviting Putin to White House

American Conservative Union chairman Matt Schlapp says Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats has only himself to blame for getting caught off guard by President Trump‘s White House invitation to Vladimir Putin. When the America’s intel honcho gave an interview yesterday to Andrea Mitchell, he seemed amazingly surprised to hear that Trump offered to host his Russian counterpart later this year. This happened as Trump continues to face a political firestorm for accepting Putin’s denial of the idea that Russia interfered with the 2016 election. You might recall, Coats released a statement after Trump’s press conference, rebuking the president and saying the American intelligence community stands by their assessment despite what Putin says. As Schlapp defended Trump’s diplomatic conduct in a spirited Friday interview with NBC’s Peter Alexander, he said its all on Coats if the DNI chief was out of the loop regarding Trump’s invite to Continue reading "Matt Schlapp: It’s DNI Coats’ Fault He Didn’t Know Trump Was Inviting Putin to White House"