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Intel agency denies withholding info from Trump

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The Office of the Director of National Intelligence is denying reports that U.S. intelligence officials have not been sharing some information with President Trump.

“Any suggestion that the U.S. Intelligence Community is withholding information and not providing the best possible intelligence to the President and his national security team is not true,” the director’s office said in a statement late Wednesday, according to Politico.

The Wall Street Journal, citing current and former officials, reported Wednesday that some intelligence was being withheld from the president out of fear it would be compromised or leaked.

{mosads}Some information presented to Trump reportedly omitted sources and methods used by intelligence agencies during their operations. The officials said they did not know of any instance where crucial national security threats were not included in intelligence briefings.

A White House official told the Journal “there is nothing that leads us to believe that this is an accurate account of what is actually happening.”

Officials told the Journal that intelligence agencies have withheld details from past presidents, but never out of fear over trustworthiness or leaks. The sources said concerns come largely from the president’s friendliness toward Russia and President Vladimir Putin.

Trump has hammered the intelligence community in recent days, accusing them of leaking information to the media leading to the resignation of national security adviser Michael Flynn.

“From intelligence, papers are being leaked, things are being leaked; it’s criminal action,” Trump said Wednesday during a joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. 

“It’s a criminal act, and it’s been going on for a long time before me, but now it’s really going on,”

He tweeted the same day that the real scandal was that “classified information is illegally given out by ‘intelligence’ like candy.”

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