Comey Personally Briefed Trump on Intel Synopsis, CNN Reports
Days after CNN’s report that intel chiefs presented President-elect Donald Trump with a two-page synopsis about unverified Russian information about him, the network now reports that FBI Director James Comey personally spoke to Trump one-on-one on the matter.
According to this new CNN report, multiple U.S. officials say that the four intelligence chiefs decided Comey would be the one to “handle the sensitive information” and speak with the president-elect.
And then there’s this from ABC News, also from tonight:
NEW: Trump and Comey had one-on-one conversation last Friday, around the intelligence briefing on Russian hacking, sources tell ABC News.
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) January 12, 2017
Earlier today Vice President Joe Biden confirmed that he and President Obama were briefed on the claims against Trump.
Kellyanne Conway yesterday disputed CNN’s earlier reporting in comments like these:
— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) January 11, 2017
That was in reaction to an NBC report yesterday that said this:
Officials prepared a two-page summary of the memo for Trump’s briefing Friday at Trump Tower in New York. The summary was an “annex,” or addendum, included in the “supporting documents” that accompanied the classified briefing report.
While multiple officials say the summary was included in the material prepared for the briefers, the senior official told NBC News that the briefing was oral and no actual documents were left with the Trump team in New York. During the briefing, the president-elect was not briefed on the contents of the summary.
The CNN report out tonight specifically says Trump was briefed on the two-page summary:
It was FBI Director Comey in a one on one who briefed PEOTUS Trump on that synopsis, we can now report. More here –> pic.twitter.com/hklsmquhEF
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) January 12, 2017
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