The dispute over the alleged payments to kill Americans is shining a harsh light on the president's consumption of intelligence.
Natasha BertrandNew: The WH is zeroing in on Trump’s intel briefer as the reason why Trump wasn’t told orally about Russia bounty intel (despite it being in PDB). Former officials, though, say “using the excuse that the briefer didn't tell him is just that: an excuse.”
The intelligence that assessed there was an effort by a Russian military intelligence unit to pay the Taliban to kill US soldiers was included in one of President Donald Trump's daily briefings on intelligence matters sometime in the spring,...
Natasha BertrandCNN: Intelligence on Russian bounty plot was included in the President's Daily Brief earlier this year, source says
The district is "likely an attractive target" for the boogaloo movement and other groups, the intelligence assessment warns.
Natasha BertrandNEWS: Intelligence analysts warned law enforcement this week that far-right extremist “boogaloo” members live in—and may be setting sights on—D.C. And a separate DHS memo sent to LE today is focused entirely on threat of boogaloo violence. My latest
Natasha BertrandThe NTIC assessment is first known government confirmation that suspected “adherents of the boogaloo ideology” reside in DC, where they "have an increased number of targets given the concentration of law enforcement agencies in the region,” the memo reads.
The president pleaded with Chinese leader Xi Jinping for domestic political help, subordinated national-security issues to his own reelection prospects and ignored Beijing’s human-rights abuses.
Natasha BertrandAccording to Bolton, "Xi said he wanted to work with Trump for six more years, and Trump replied that people were saying that the two-term constitutional limit on presidents should be repealed for him."
Whelan's harsh sentence highlights the plight of Trevor Reed, another ex-Marine facing questionable accusations in Russia.
Natasha BertrandNew: As a Russian court handed down a 16-year sentence against Paul Whelan today, the father of another former US Marine, who has been detained in Russia for over 300 days, was watching closely. Meet 28-year-old Trevor Reed, still awaiting trial in Moscow
The president’s niece Mary Trump is set to publish a tell-all this summer—and to reveal that she was a primary source for The New York Times’ investigation into Trump’s taxes.
Natasha Bertrand“As she is set to outline in her book, Mary [Trump] was a primary source for the NYT’s Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation, supplying Fred Trump Sr.’s tax returns and other highly confidential family financial documentation to the paper.”
The efforts come amid Trump administration anger over the ICC’s efforts to look into alleged war crimes by U.S. troops in Afghanistan.
Natasha BertrandThe authorization of sanctions against the ICC comes amid Trump administration anger over the ICC’s efforts to look into alleged war crimes by US troops in Afghanistan. ICC judges authorized a probe into the alleged misdeeds in March.
The country’s top military official apologized for taking part in President Trump’s walk across Lafayette Square for a photo op after authorities cleared the area of peaceful protesters.
Natasha BertrandMilley says he shouldn’t have participated in Trump photo op. “I should not have been there,” he said in a prerecorded commencement address to National Defense University. “My presence...created a perception of the military involved in domestic politics.”
"This is a life or death situation," said a translation of the message from 70 migrants at the La Palma ICE facility in Arizona, obtained by NBC News.
Natasha Bertrand"Asylum-seeking migrants locked up inside an Arizona ICE detention center with one of the highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases say they were forced to clean the facility and are 'begging' for protection from the virus"
The high-profile episode, after days of protests in Washington, was a turning point in the military’s response to unrest in the city.
Natasha BertrandPentagon Ordered National Guard Helicopters’ Aggressive Response in D.C.
“Top Pentagon officials ordered National Guard helicopters to use what they called ‘ persistent presence’ to disperse protests in the capital this week.”
The memo cites “previous incidents of domestic terrorists exploiting First Amendment-protected events” as one reason for DHS’ concern of additional targeted violence.
Natasha BertrandDespite the DHS intelligence note -- which warns of far-right extremists like white supremacists and militias exploiting the protests -- Trump and administration officials, including Bill Barr, have focused overwhelmingly on alleged left-wing violence.
Natasha BertrandNEWS: DHS has warned law enforcement of white supremacists encouraging followers to shoot protesters. And on Friday, “suspected anarchist & militia extremists allegedly planned to storm and burn the Minnesota State Capitol,” per DHS intel note we obtained.
The alert describes how the GRU is targeting a vulnerability in unpatched Unix systems, an alternative to the operating systems of Microsoft and Apple.
Natasha BertrandThe same Russian intelligence unit that leaked Democrats' files in 2016 is engaged in an ongoing email hacking campaign, the National Security Agency announced Thursday. via @kevincollier
As CIA director, Pompeo and his wife Susan organized an advisory group heavy on business players, current and former officials said. Some saw a political machine in the making.
Natasha BertrandNEW: Mike Pompeo put together an undisclosed board of outside advisers while CIA director that several former senior CIA officials thought “crossed a line," using “lavish” dinners & field trips to charm business leaders and influential political figures.
It’s not clear whether Republicans will endorse any aspects of Warner’s request, though the Senate intel panel has operated on a relatively bipartisan basis.
Natasha BertrandNew: Senate Intel vice chair Mark Warner is asking Grenell to “declassify and make publicly available any intelligence report concerning conversations" between Flynn and Kislyak. Comes as calls intensify for release of Flynn-Kislyak transcripts.
Senate Republicans are embracing the president's most explosive attacks after previously sidestepping them.
Natasha BertrandA series of planned GOP subpoenas for Hunter Biden, Obama officials is part of an “end to public disagreements” with Trump until the party is past the election. ...”everybody realizes that our fortunes sort of rise or fall together,’ said Sen. John Thune.”