Muckety
 
 
 
 
 

Trump deflects on intel community findings about Russia

By Laurie Bennett

July 7, 2017 at 6:08am

On his European trip for the Group of 20 summit, President Donald Trump questioned the intelligence community’s unanimity on the likelihood of Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential election.

“Let me just start off by saying I heard it was 17 agencies,” he said.

“I said, ‘Boy, that’s a lot.’ Do we even have that many intelligence agencies, right? Let’s check it. And we did some very heavy research. It turned out to be three or four - it wasn’t 17 - and many of your compatriots had to change their reporting, and they had to apologize, and they had to correct.”

As the New York Times points out: “There is no evidence that significant uncertainty or dissent exists across the intelligence community, simply because not all 17 were involved in the assessment of Russian interference.”

There were incorrect reports by the Times and the Associated Press earlier this year that all 17 agencies, shown in the interactive map above, had weighed in. Indeed, the conclusion was reached by the four involved in tracking Russian activities during the campaign: the Central Intelligence Agency, the National Security Agency, the FBI and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

In a report issued in January, the four expressed “high confidence” that Russians tried to influence the election, on orders of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Follow Muckety on Twitter Tweet This! Share on Facebook

Click here to sign up for the Muckety Newsletter

 Read related stories: Politics · Recent Stories  
The relationship map to the left is interactive.
• Solid lines are current relations. Dotted lines are former relations.
• Expand items with + signs by double-clicking or by selecting multiple items in the map and pressing the "e" key.
• Move an item in the map by clicking and dragging.
• You can also delete items, separate boxes and save maps. Right-click on the map or select Map Tools for these options.
• Find out more about an item in the map by right-clicking on the item and choosing Information about...
• View map color key.
• This interactive map requires Flash player.


Become a fan of Muckety on Facebook

  • Search for stories
      
    Special Features

Follow Muckety on Twitter Follow Muckety on Twitter
Muckety has no direct connection to most of the people or organizations listed on these pages.
We are unable to forward personal messages or provide personal contact information.
We make every effort at Muckety to ensure that our data is correct and timely. However, relationships are in constant flux and we cannot guarantee accuracy. If you come across incorrect or outdated information, please let us know by email.
© 2017 Muckety LLC