According to reports, in March of this year President Donald Trump pressed both director of national intelligence Dan Coats and Admiral Michael S. Rogers, the director of the National Security Agency, to publicly deny that Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia during the 2016 election.
Both officials declined to carry out Trump’s request. The Observer reporter John Schindler detailed what Rogers then indicated about evidence the NSA has about Trump’s collusion.
Wrote Schindler, “I have spoken with several NSA officials who witnessed the director’s talk and I’m reporting their firsthand accounts, which corroborate each other, on condition of anonymity. In his town hall talk, Rogers reportedly admitted that President Trump asked him to discredit the FBI and James Comey, which the admiral flatly refused to do. As Rogers explained, he informed the commander in chief, ‘I know you won’t like it, but I have to tell what I have seen’—a probable reference to specific intelligence establishing collusion between the Kremlin and Team Trump.” John added, “Rogers then added that such SIGINT exists, and it is damning. He stated, ‘There is no question that we [the NSA] have evidence of election involvement and questionable contacts with the Russians.’ Although Rogers did not cite the specific intelligence he was referring to, agency officials with direct knowledge have informed me that DIRNSA was obviously referring to a series of SIGINT reports from 2016 based on intercepts of communications between known Russian intelligence officials and key members of Trump’s campaign, in which they discussed methods of damaging Hillary Clinton.”
Continued Schindler, “NSA employees walked out of the town hall impressed by the director’s forthright discussion of his interactions with the Trump administration, particularly with how Rogers insisted that he had no desire to ‘politicize’ the situation beyond what the president has already done. America’s spies are unaccustomed to playing partisan politics as Trump has apparently asked them to do, and it appears that the White House’s ham-fisted effort to get NSA to attack the FBI and its credibility was a serious mistake.” Do you think the NSA should make its evidence public?
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