White House considering outsider to review intelligence agencies

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Schindler has a lot of credibility within the intelligence reporting community, given that he was formerly part of the NSA and has been a security consultant.

'FAKE NEWS media, which makes up stories and "sources", is far more effective than the discredited Democrats - but they are fading fast!' Trump tweeted.

On Wednesday night, The Wall Street Journal published a scathing article in which sources claimed the intelligence community was withholding information from President Donald Trump.

"We're going to find the leakers, and they're going to pay a big price", the president told reporters in the Roosevelt Room during a meeting with Republican lawmakers.

His remarks come on the heels of the resignation of his national security adviser, Michael Flynn, after it was revealed that he'd reportedly discussed sanctions with Russia's ambassador to the United States before Trump was sworn in.

Steps also can be taken to deal with intelligence offices that are suspected of leaking to the press.

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"All I am saying is there is not an announcement at this time", she said. At the unwieldy Thursday press conference, Trump first confirmed, and then walked back, the report.

'The real scandal here, ' Trump tweeted on Wednesday, 'is that classified information is illegally given out by "intelligence" like candy. Marco RubioMarco RubioSenate Intel head in the dark about Trump intelligence review President rekindles feud with intelligence agencies Trump calls for Venezuela to release political prisoner "immediately" MORE (R-Fla.) said.

"Now we go nuclear", he wrote on Twitter. "Just got an EM [email] from senior IC [intelligence community] friend, it began "he will die in jail".

This comes after high-level advisors, close to Trump, were in constant communication with Russians known to USA intelligence, multiple current and former intelligence, law enforcement and administration officials, during the campaign trail.

The Times noted, "Bringing Mr. Feinberg into the administration to conduct the review is seen as a way of injecting a Trump loyalist into a world the White House views with suspicion. They will be caught".

But the report comes at a particularly tense moment in President Trump's relationship with the intelligence community, elevating fears that the review could be used to root out officials who contradict the president or his advisers.

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