Meetings with Russians all above board, Pompeo tells senators

Meetings with Russians all above board, Pompeo tells senators

Meetings with Russians all above board, Pompeo tells senators

But veteran and retired USA intelligence officers say the presence of all three Russian officials in Washington at the same time, and at a time of intense scrutiny over Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 US presidential campaign, is highly unusual.

Also in Washington was the head of the GRU, Russia's military intelligence, according to the Washington Post. "Which U.S. official did he meet with?"

"While we do not discuss the schedules of USA intelligence leaders, rest assured that any interaction with foreign intelligence agencies would have been conducted in accordance with USA law and in consultation with appropriate Departments and agencies", Office of the Director of National Intelligence spokesperson Timothy Barrett said in a statement to ABC News. The U.S. intelligence community concluded in a 2016 report that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the interference operation, and three congressional committees and a special counsel are investigating any possible coordination between Trump associates and Russian agents during the campaign.

Pompeo's response to Schumer's inquiries in a letter shared with The Cipher Brief doesn't confirm the controversial meeting in question took place, but instead talks about why USA intelligence officials "periodically meet" counterparts from its Russian "adversary".

Naryshkin is now under sanctions imposed by the USA under the Obama administration for his alleged role in Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea.

Pompeo did not directly address the issue in his letter.

"Given the political conditions in the United States now, it's flabbergasting to be honest".

In a tweet, Russia's embassy in Washington acknowledged the visit, citing the official ITAR-Tass news agency: "Sergey Naryshkin has visited the United States for consultations with #US counterparts on the struggle against terrorism".

"This is a serious national security issue".

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CAATSA - or the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act - is a law signed by Trump in August that imposed sanctions on Russia, Iran, and North Korea. During a trip to Asia in November, the president said that Russian Federation had been "very heavily sanctioned" and urged "it's now time to get back to healing a world that is shattered and broken". The CIA followed a multi-agency legal process to give access to Russian officials under sanctions, the official said.

Antonov did not identify the US intelligence officials with whom he met.

Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday also demanded to know why Naryshkin, who is on the sanctions list, was allowed to enter the United States. "Director Pompeo's refusal to answer that question is deeply troubling".

"Just in the last week, he has had probably the most important meetings on counterterrorism that we've had in a very, very long time, at the senior levels", Huntsman told Ekho Moskvy radiо. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), the minority leader, told reporters.

The CIA released a statement saying that while it does not discuss the schedules of US intelligence leaders, "rest assured that any interaction with foreign intelligence agencies would have been conducted in accordance with USA law and in consultation with appropriate departments and agencies".

"In part because Trump has taken America off the playing field in places like the Middle East, leaving Russian Federation to gain influence all over". Other U.S. agencies might need to speak with officials from an enemy nation.

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

Murphy said he's concerned about the continuing influence as well and warned that Russians are aligned "temporarily" with Republicans "because they think it suits their interests.because Trump is taking America off the playing field in parts of the world in which Russia wants to exert influence". "And I wanted to get back on our front foot", Pompeo said about the Central Intelligence Agency. "The administration instead released a list of more than 200 Russian officials, politicians and 'oligarchs, ' defined as people with a net worth of more than $1 billion - who it said could be penalized".

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