Many opponents of President Trump have been cautiously optimistic when dealing with Trump’s appointments of key intelligence officials. Thus far, both Dan Coats, the director of National Intelligence and Mike Rodgers, the Director of the National Security Agency have appeared to leave partisan politics out of their daily operations, and in fact may be hurting Trump’s cause by refusing to follow his orders.
Leaks coming from within the the intelligence community have shed light on the fact that both Coats and Rogers were asked to discredit James Comey, and upon that request by Trump, both men refused. Now, additional leaks from sources within the IC, on the condition of anonymity, have indicated that not only did the Director of the National Security Agency, Mike Rogers refuse Trump’s request but he told other intelligence officials that Trump did in fact collude with Russia.
According to an exclusive report by Observer.com this week, Rogers took part in a town hall discussion with members of the National Security Agency worldwide. While this discussion was behind closed doors and much of information presented remains classified, a few within the NSA continue to leak information to the press. According to the individual who contacted Observer’s John R. Schindler, Rogers told those within the NSA that, not only did Trump ask him to discredit James Comey, but that he has seen evidence of collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign.
“There is no question that we have evidence of election involvement and questionable contacts with the Russians,” Rogers reportedly told fellow NSA employees.
According to Schindler’s sources within the IC, Rogers was referring to reports from last year in which the NSA had intercepted communications between Russian officials and key members of the Trump campaign. In these communications, the officials and the Trump campaign discussed methods of damaging Hillary Clinton’s chances of winning the election.
Immediately following the Observer report, questions arose about the legitimacy of this information. This is mainly due to the fact that Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner had owned a stake in the media property prior to accepting a job within the Trump Administration. With that said, the author of the article, John R. Schindler, certainly is no fan of the President as one can see by simply reading some of his more recent stories.
It will be interesting to see if this story has legs and if other sources are able to confirm that such a statement was made by Rogers behind closed doors.