Newly minted Democrat Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has made the astounding assertion that Donald Trump will be targeted by U.S. intelligence agencies over his stubborn refusal to accept the Russian hacking conspiracy theory. Obama’s politicized alphabet soup agencies are spitting nails that their evidence free case that Vladimir Putin ordered cyberattacks with the intent to derail Hillary Clinton is being scoffed at by the President-elect.
Trump further inflamed the professional spooks by trolling them via his weaponized Twitter account:
The "Intelligence" briefing on so-called "Russian hacking" was delayed until Friday, perhaps more time needed to build a case. Very strange!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 4, 2017
Trump makes an excellent point but at the same time seems to be sending a signal that a massive housecleaning is coming once he takes office. Big Intel has denied that the meeting was moved through their official mouthpiece the Washington Post.
But what should be raising eyebrows is Schumer’s comment that there could be reprisals.
According to The Hill “Schumer: Trump ‘really dumb’ for attacking intelligence agencies”:
New Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Tuesday that President-elect Donald Trump is “being really dumb” by taking on the Intelligence Community and its assessments on Russia’s cyber activities.
“Let me tell you, you take on the intelligence community, they have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you,” Schumer told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow.
“So even for a practical supposedly hard-nosed businessman, he’s being really dumb to do this.”
Trump said Tuesday evening that an intelligence briefing on Russia’s cyber activities “was delayed until Friday” and suggested that intelligence agencies weren’t prepared. NBC reported, however, that the briefing was always planned for Friday.
“The ‘Intelligence’ briefing on so-called ‘Russian hacking’ was delayed until Friday, perhaps more time needed to build a case. Very strange!” the president-elect wrote on Twitter.
U.S. intelligence officials have reportedly determined that Russia tried to interfere in the U.S. election to help Trump win the White House. President Obama has ordered a full report on the issue, and last week he put in place new sanctions against Russian intelligence organizations and individuals, in addition to expelling 35 Russian officials from the country and closing two stateside facilities used by the Russians.
Trump’s transition team responded to the initial reports about the CIA’s findings by drawing comparisons to its intelligence about supposed weapons of mass destruction in the lead-up to the U.S. invasion of Iraq.
Schumer said that as he understands, intelligence officials are “very upset with how [Trump] has treated them and talked about them.”
As a member of the Gang of Eight who is fully dialed into the spook loop, Schumer’s comments could spell big time trouble for Trump if he doesn’t fall in line. Things did not end well for the last U.S. President who butted heads with the CIA.