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Thursday, February 20, 2020

President Trump erupted at his acting director of national intelligence, Joseph Maguire, in the Oval Office last week over what he perceived as disloyalty by Maguire's staff, which ruined Maguire's chances of becoming the permanent intelligence chief, according to people familiar with the matter. Maguire had been considered a leading candidate to be nominated for the post of DNI, White House aides had said. But Trump's opinion shifted last week when he heard from a GOP ally that the intelligence official in charge of election security, who works for Maguire, gave a classified briefing last Thursday to the House Intelligence Committee on 2020 election security.

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Paranoid, narcissistic, vengeful nutcase aka our POTUS:

MFA:

It is unclear what the official, Shelby Pierson, specifically said at the briefing that angered Trump, but the president erroneously believed that she had given information exclusively to Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.), the committee chairman, and that the information would be helpful to Democrats if it were released publicly, the people familiar with the matter said. Schiff was the lead impeachment manager, or prosecutor, during Trump's Senate trial on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

The president was furious with Maguire and blamed him for the supposed transgression involving Pierson when the two met the next day.

#1 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-02-20 05:26 PM | Reply

Oh, now the truth is coming out about what information Shelby Pierson gave to the House Intelligence Committee. Trump never thought Schiff was the only one told; he was just pissed off Schiff was told at all:

Russia Backs Trump's Re-election, and He Fears Democrats Will Exploit Its Support

A classified briefing to lawmakers angered the president, who complained that Democrats would "weaponize" the disclosure.

Intelligence officials warned House lawmakers last week that Russia was interfering in the 2020 campaign to try to get President Trump re-elected, five people familiar with the matter said, in a disclosure that angered Mr. Trump, who complained that Democrats would use it against him.

The day after the Feb. 13 briefing to lawmakers, Mr. Trump berated Joseph Maguire, the outgoing acting director of national intelligence, for allowing it to take place, people familiar with the exchange said. Mr. Trump cited the presence in the briefing of Representative Adam B. Schiff, the California Democrat who led the impeachment proceedings against him, as a particular irritant.

During the briefing to the House Intelligence Committee, Mr. Trump's allies challenged the conclusions, arguing that Mr. Trump has been tough on Russia and strengthened European security. Some intelligence officials viewed the briefing as a tactical error, saying that had the official who delivered the conclusion spoken less pointedly or left it out, they would have avoided angering the Republicans.

That intelligence official, Shelby Pierson, is an aide to Mr. Maguire who has a reputation of delivering intelligence in somewhat blunt terms. The president announced on Wednesday that he was replacing Mr. Maguire with Richard Grenell, the ambassador to Germany and long an aggressively vocal Trump supporter.


www.nytimes.com

#2 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-02-20 05:38 PM | Reply

Russia Backs Trump's Re-election, and He Fears Democrats Will Exploit Its Support

A classified briefing to lawmakers angered the president, who complained that Democrats would "weaponize" the disclosure

#2 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020

People who support Donald Trump are sick. We may quarrel as to how the sickness is labeled, but sickness is what it is.

#3 | Posted by Zed at 2020-02-20 05:57 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

What does this say about what it has come to in this country when intelligence officers might start withholding information and data so as to not upset Republican members of Congress?

"Some intelligence officials viewed the briefing as a tactical error, saying that had the official who delivered the conclusion spoken less pointedly or left it out, they would have avoided angering the Republicans."

OCU

#4 | Posted by OCUser at 2020-02-20 06:34 PM | Reply

NYT, really?

#5 | Posted by sawdust at 2020-02-20 08:02 PM | Reply

NYT, really?

RoC jumps on Sawdust for STS in 3.. 2.. 1.. never.

#6 | Posted by REDIAL at 2020-02-20 08:18 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

This is what you support, righties.

A POTUS with such paper thin skin he cans a DNI for giving a brief to the people who should be briefed.

A POTUS who's feelings are more important than our national security.

And you wonder why you're contemptible.

#7 | Posted by jpw at 2020-02-21 08:48 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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