Progressive strategist says partisanship has tainted views on intel community

Progressive strategist Ruy Teixeira said in an interview that aired Thursday on Hill.TV's "What America's Thinking" that partisanship has tainted Americans' views about the intelligence community. 

"You can't really take it out of the current partisan context," Teixeira, author of "The Optimistic Leftist," told host Jamal Simmons on Wednesday. 

"When Democrats hear this now, they're thinking about the various ways in which they think the Trump administration has tried to undermine the investigative capacities of various agencies of the government, and they have a negative reaction to that," he said. "So it makes them in an odd sort of way favor, or be OK with [intelligence agencies conducting] investigations." 

"I wouldn't be surprised if some people who said they were okay with what the intelligence agencies are doing or think they have an adequate amount of power ... are also people who have real questions about some of the things intelligence agencies have done in the past," Teixeira said. 

A new Hill-HarrisX Poll survey found that most Americans polled are satisfied with intelligence agencies' authority to monitor Americans suspected of committing a crime. 

Fifty-one percent of respondents said the intelligence community has "the right amount of power" in monitoring those individuals. 

— Julia Manchester