CIA Went Into 'Panic Mode' When Trump Chose Putin Over US Intelligence: Insider
The Deep State panicked after President didn't back Russia narrative
After the extraordinary backlash over the summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki in July, President Donald Trump was allegedly forced to backtrack on some of his comments.
When Trump suggested that Vladimir Putin’s “strong and powerful” denial of interfering with the 2016 election was accurate the US intelligence assessment, the CIA immediately went into complete "panic mode," The Washington Post reported - citing an unnamed intelligence insider.
“There was this gasp” among those in the CIA, the insider alleged, before adding “You literally had people in panic mode watching it at Langley. On all floors. Just shock”.
The CIA and the White House are still yet to comment on the report.
Trump stated that while he had “great confidence” in the US intelligence community, he did not see any reason why Russia would meddle with the election process.
“He [Putin] just said it’s not Russia. I don’t see any reason why it would be, but I really do want to see the server. I have great confidence in my intelligence people, but I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today”, he said.
Trump then made a U-turn on his support of Putin’s denial of Russian interference, claiming he has misspoken during the joint presser, eventually accepting the CIA's conclusions of meddling from Moscow.
“The sentence should have been: I don’t see any reason why I wouldn’t – or why it wouldn’t be Russia,” he explained at the time, insisting he had used a very confusing “double negative.”
Trump has repeatedly denied collusion with the Kremlin, insisting it is a “witch hunt.”
Moscow also calls accusations of its alleged interference in the 2016 vote as “baseless," stressing no evidence was presented to verify the claims.
Donald Trump also slammed special counsel Robert Mueller's forthcoming report on the Russia investigation.
Muller’s team has been examining the role of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election is soon to make their findings public.
Ahead of the release, the president accused Mueller of "covering all of his conflicts of interest" during the probe.
Trump recently ordered the declassification of records from the Russia probe.