Trump slams NSA for deleting call records, calls it a ‘disgrace’

Trump slams NSA for deleting call records, calls it a ‘disgrace’
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpFeinstein, Iranian foreign minister had dinner amid tensions: report The Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Harris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign MORE on Tuesday slammed the National Security Agency (NSA) for deleting scores of call records, calling it a “disgrace.”

The president cited recent revelations that the spy agency was forced to delete scores of call records it stores for foreign spying efforts because of “technical irregularities.”


Trump, who lashed out at the NSA on Twitter, also seemed to suggest that the intelligence collection errors contributed to the “witch hunt” against him — a term he regularly uses to refer to the special counsel investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. 

“Wow! The NSA has deleted 685 million phone calls and text messages. Privacy violations? They blame technical irregularities. Such a disgrace. The Witch Hunt continues!” Trump tweeted Tuesday morning.  

The NSA disclosed late last week that it has been deleting all call detail records collected since 2015 because analysts discovered “technical irregularities” that resulted in the spy agency obtaining some records that it was not authorized to receive.

The NSA collects the call detail records for foreign intelligence purposes. The records, obtained from telecommunications providers, contain the numbers and time and duration of phone calls, but not the content of the calls themselves.

The statement from the NSA made no mention of the investigation into Russian interference. 

Trump has repeatedly derided special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerHouse progressive: Pelosi 'has it right' on impeachment Democrats talk subpoena for Mueller Democratic Rep. Ro Khanna: 'I'm not there yet' on impeachment MORE’s probe, which includes looking at whether there was collusion between Trump’s campaign and Moscow, as a “witch hunt.” Earlier this year, the president accused the FBI of improperly using an informant to “spy” on his campaign. 

The NSA was one of multiple U.S. intelligence agencies that concluded Moscow orchestrated an influence campaign in the 2016 presidential campaign. Russia’s goal, U.S. officials concluded in early 2017, was to undermine American democracy, damage Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHarris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign Nevada Senate passes bill that would give Electoral College votes to winner of national popular vote 2020 Dems break political taboos by endorsing litmus tests MORE and help Trump win the election.

Trump has repeatedly denied there was any collusion between his campaign and Russia. Mueller has charged former Trump campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortHouse Democrat 'fixed' Trump's infographic about Mueller's investigation Michael Caputo eyes congressional bid Roger Stone considers suing to discover if he was spied on by FBI MORE with financial related crimes from before his time on the campaign and indicted several Russians in an elaborate plot to use social media to influence the election. The special counsel has not unveiled any charges related to the collusion question.