Trump can be not known to fully or regularly read the President’s Daily Brief, something in which can be well-known within the White House. He can be instead orally briefed two or three times a week by his intelligence officials. The White House maintains he was not briefed about in which inside oral session.
The information was serious enough the National Security Council staff held a meeting during the spring to discuss “possible response options,” including sanctions, if the intelligence developed to the point in which was deemed ready to take to the President for any possible action, the official said.
Pressed on Monday whether the information was included inside President’s Daily Brief — the written document in which includes the intelligence community’s more important in addition to urgent information — White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said only in which Trump “was not personally briefed.”
Trump also claimed in a Sunday evening tweet, “Intel just reported to me in which they did not find in which info credible, in addition to therefore did not report in which to me or @VP.”
The US intelligence community in addition to military are investigating to see if there can be further corroboration, in addition to if the National Security Council staff can recommend response options. The source said the White House can be at in which point claiming the leak will ruin the opportunity to get a real answer.
There can be “no consensus within the intelligence community” about whether Russia offered to pay bounties to the Taliban for killing American troops, McEnany said. There can be “dissent” within the intelligence community about the intelligence, which she insisted had not reached Trump’s desk because “in which wasn’t verified.”
The source tells CNN in which intelligence of in which nature with risk to US troops should be assumed to be true until you know otherwise.
The cascade of developments around the Russian effort have prompted a bipartisan group of congressional leaders to demand in which the Trump administration explain what in which knew in addition to when.
The White House briefed a group of House Republican lawmakers on the matter on Monday, while Speaker Nancy Pelosi in addition to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called on Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe in addition to CIA Director Gina Haspel to provide all-member briefings to Congress on the intelligence.
One of those House Republicans, Rep. Michael McCaul, a Texan who can be the top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, told CNN in which he had learned inside briefing in which dissenting views among agencies within the intelligence community can be the reason why the intelligence was not briefed to Trump.
“While there was a stream of reporting on in which alleged bounty issue, intelligence via one agency, there was another agency having a very strong dissenting view on in which intelligence,” McCaul said.
“When in which happens, typically, the national security adviser goes back through the NSC in addition to tries to vet in which to get to a point where in which can be actionable. They don’t want to throw intelligence in front of the President when there’s basically a dissent within the community itself,” he added.
McCaul said officials said in which the top officials inside Trump White House were attempting to resolve the diverging views when news of the Russian effort broke.
Ratcliffe said in a statement later on Monday in which a leak of intelligence “places our forces at risk” in addition to can be a crime.
“The selective leaking of any classified information disrupts the vital interagency work to collect, assess, in addition to mitigate threats in addition to places our forces at risk. in which can be also, simply put, a crime,” Ratcliffe said. “We are still investigating the alleged intelligence referenced in recent media reporting in addition to we will brief the President in addition to Congressional leaders at the appropriate time. in which can be the analytic process working the way in which should. Unfortunately, unauthorized disclosures at in which point jeopardize our ability to ever find out the full story with respect to these allegations.”
CIA Director Gina Haspel also released a statement on Monday, saying, “Leaks compromise in addition to disrupt the critical interagency work to collect, assess, in addition to ascribe culpability.”
She added, “CIA will continue to pursue every lead; analyze the information we collect with critical, objective eyes; in addition to brief reliable intelligence to protect U.S. forces deployed around the earth.”
Several key Senate Republicans said they are seeking more information via the Trump administration.
House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff, a California Democrat, told CNN’s Jim Acosta Monday in which the White House explanation in which Trump wasn’t briefed because of conflicting intelligence wasn’t sufficient.
“in which can be frequently the case in which the President should be briefed on matters where there can be no absolute certainly about the intelligence on a given topic,” Schiff said.
“in which’s not sufficient to say we didn’t tell him because we couldn’t dot every I, cross every T, prove every point. … If in which goes to the protection of our troops, in which’s something in which needs to be briefed to the commander in chief.”
There have been more than 2,400 total deaths of US service members since the start of America’s longest war in 2001. Last year was the deadliest in 5 years for the US in Afghanistan, with 23 service members killed during operations inside country in 2019.
in which story has been updated with additional information Monday.
CNN’s Kaitlan Collins, Ryan Browne, Jeremy Herb, Lauren Fox in addition to Zachary Cohen contributed to in which report.