Things have not been easy on the president. Every time he lies, he get caught. Every attempt he makes to dig himself out of a hole, he ends up digging himself in deeper. Trump in his previous life was a businessman, and in business you get further if you have the right people on your side. That mentality, however, does not transfer well in politics. Donald has made a fiasco of trying to endear people who want nothing to do with him.
Donald Trump tried to cozy up to James Comey after the FBI announced their investigation into Russian interference. Trump set up meetings with Comey and even invited him to dinner. Comey, sensing that the president may be up to something, kept memos of their meetings, an intelligence tactic typically used when dealing with persons suspicious by nature.
In March of 2017, President Trump appealed to both, Admiral Michael S. Rogers, the director of the National Security Agency, and Daniel Coats, the director of national intelligence, separately. Trump urged them to publicly deny existence of any Russian collusion during the 2016 election. Rogers and Coats both refused the president’s requests. Both, Rogers and Coats, thought the requests were inappropriate. Senior intelligence officials viewed the March request as a threat to the intelligence community, which is supposed to remain isolated from partisan issues.
In an article by John Schindler, who is a reporter for The Observer, he wrote:
‘I have spoken with several NSA officials who witnessed the director’s talk and I’m reporting their firsthand accounts, which corroborate each other, on condition of anonymity.
In his town hall talk, Rogers reportedly admitted that President Trump asked him to discredit the FBI and James Comey, which the admiral flatly refused to do. As Rogers explained, he informed the commander in chief, “I know you won’t like it, but I have to tell what I have seen”—a probable reference to specific intelligence establishing collusion between the Kremlin and Team Trump.
The evidence is shocking! Schindler continued, adding:
Rogers then added that such SIGINT exists, and it is damning. He stated, “There is no question that we [meaning NSA] have evidence of election involvement and questionable contacts with the Russians.” Although Rogers did not cite the specific intelligence he was referring to, agency officials with direct knowledge have informed me that DIRNSA was obviously referring to a series of SIGINT reports from 2016 based on intercepts of communications between known Russian intelligence officials and key members of Trump’s campaign, in which they discussed methods of damaging Hillary Clinton.
Schindler Finished with this:
NSA employees walked out of the town hall impressed by the director’s forthright discussion of his interactions with the Trump administration, particularly with how Rogers insisted that he had no desire to “politicize” the situation beyond what the president has already done. America’s spies are unaccustomed to playing partisan politics as Trump has apparently asked them to do, and it appears that the White House’s ham-fisted effort to get NSA to attack the FBI and its credibility was a serious mistake.
The end is definitely on the horizon for Trump, and then Americans can finally breathe a sigh of relief.
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