John McLaughlin, former acting director of the CIA, told MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell last night what he believes the agency’s reaction would be to the report that Jared Kushner wanted to set up a secret communications channel with the Kremlin:
“If that’s what it was, the first reaction would be ‘Is this a prank?’ It would be kind of disbelief because it’s not the sort of thing you would expect to happen in a normal transition.”
He said this is “simultaneously familiar and bizarre” and concluded that there is a lot we don’t know, but added, “I can’t keep out of my mind the thought that if an American intelligence officer had done anything like this, we’d consider it espionage.”
MSNBC contributor and terrorism analyst Malcolm Nance also said last night, “If this is true that he wanted covert communications with the Russians using Russian cryptographic systems in the hopes that we didn’t have those things broken, then this is now espionage.”
Back in January, McLaughlin scolded Trump for engaging in “self-obsession” when he visited the CIA.
Watch above, via MSNBC.
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