CIA Director Mike Pompeo Defends His Meeting With Russian Spy Chiefs

CIA Director Mike Pompeo Defends His Meeting With Russian Spy Chiefs

CIA Director Mike Pompeo Defends His Meeting With Russian Spy Chiefs

Sergei Naryshkin, head of the Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR), Aleksandr Bortnikov, director of the Federal Security Service (FSB), and Col. Gen. Igor Korobov, director of Russian General Staff's Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU), all paid visits to the USA capital in the past week, according to a February 1 report by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL).

Naryshkin was sanctioned in 2014 by the Obama administration in response to Russia's actions in Ukraine. He said "if this administration is ignoring sanctions, that's very serious".

Reuters cites two unnamed U.S. sources as having confirmed the meetings, which included "U.S. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and other U.S. intelligence officials".

Asked if Trump's use of Twitter posed any national security issues, he said: "Hasn't caused us any trouble". And he continued to blast Pompeo on Thursday.

CIA Director Mike Pompeo met with Russian intelligence officials last week.

However, the Russian influence also came into play over a decision to release a Republican memo claiming Federal Bureau of Investigation misconduct in obtaining a search warrant against former Trump aide Carter Page, said Murphy.

CIA Director Mike Pompeo expects Russian Federation to meddle in the US midterm elections later this year, the BBC reported. "It was Russian bots that were spinning out the hashtag 'Schumer shutdown, ' trying to help Trump politically win that fight, you would expect they will be aligned with them this fall".

On Tuesday, Trump refused to impose new sanctions against Russian Federation, passed unanimously by Congress in response to Russia's campaign to tip the 2016 election in Trump's favor.

Pompeo said the Central Intelligence Agency is committed to spreading the truth about Russian meddling.

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"It is no accident the Russians announced this meeting", the United States official said.

Both US and Russian officials indicated that the discussions centred on cooperative efforts to combat terrorism but Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer demanded to know the details.

Schumer suggested that a meeting between Pompeo and the Russian intelligence officials may be tied to the Trump administration declining to impose new sanctions on the country.

Indeed, there is a very long history of United States attempts to cooperate with Russian intelligence services, said Andrew Weiss, a vice president of studies at the Carnegie Endowment who oversees research into Russia and Eurasia.

Situations like Naryshkin's visit are more unusual, Schanzer said. "But even then, there was always a huge amount of mistrust" and differing views on terrorism "that got in the way of cooperation", Weiss said.

Pompeo said he is concerned by Russia's subversion tactics, just as European countries are. Add to that the charged political environment in Washington surrounding Russian Federation. "There are political slogans, but there is also some real work to do", Antonov added.

Asked if Russian Federation would try to influence the mid-term elections, he said: "Of course".

Pompeo also stressed that when these meetings do take place, "we cover very hard subjects in which American and Russian interests do not align". "We vigorously defend America in this enters and pull no punches - we never will".

"I'm glad to hear [CIA Director] Mike Pompeo taking seriously what we believe to be the Russians attempts to try to influence the 2018 election", the Connecticut Democrat told MSNBC's "Morning Joe." .

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