Trump intel chief: No agencies dispute Russian election meddling
Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said Friday that U.S. intelligence agencies uniformly believe the Kremlin meddled in the 2016 presidential campaign, despite President Trump’s earlier claim there was a misunderstanding between the agencies.
“There is no dissent, and I have stated that publicly and I have stated that to the president,” Coats told NBC News’s Lester Holt at the Aspen Security Forum.
Trump had previously claimed that only “three or four” U.S. intelligence agencies came to the conclusion that Russian meddled in the presidential race, however Coats said agencies, such as the Coast Guard and the Drug Enforcement Agency, do not focus on the subject of election meddling.
“There’s a number of agencies who don’t focus on that particular issue. The agencies that do, the NSA being one of them, CIA being another one, FBI being another one, those are the agencies that put this together,” he said.
“We’re constantly bringing in information from clusters of agencies that are relevant to the issue at hand,” he continued.
Coats’s comments come as special counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the federal probe into Russian’s election interference, has reportedly expanded the scope of the probe to Trump’s past financial ties.
Trump warned Mueller not to focus on his financial history, telling The New York Times that it would cross a line.