Israeli intelligence officials were warned in January that American intelligence agencies believed Russia had “leverages of pressure” over President Donald TrumpDonald TrumpKinzinger says Trump 'winning' because so many Republicans 'have remained silent' Our remote warfare counterterrorism strategy is more risk than reward Far-right rally draws small crowd, large police presence at Capitol MORE, Vanity Fair reported Wednesday.
Members of Mossad, Israel’s foreign espionage agency, and other Israeli intelligence officials attended a meeting in Langley, Virginia, a short time before Trump’s inauguration.
The meeting was largely uneventful, until an American “spymaster” announced the conclusion that Russian President Vladimir Putin had leverage over Trump. The official did not offer further specifics, Vanity Fair reported.
The official warned Israel to “be careful” once Trump was inaugurated, adding that it was possible sensitive information shared with the White House and the National Security Council could be leaked to Russians.
A few months later, Trump made headlines when he revealed highly classified intelligence information during a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
It was later reported that the information related to Israeli intelligence about a terror plot involving ISIS.
The meeting took place the same week Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, who was overseeing an investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
During the meeting, Trump called Comey a “nut job.”