Pompeo Says Nothing 'Untoward' in Meeting Russian Intel Chiefs

The Trump Administration Let a Russian Spy Chief Visit the US— Even Though He Was Legally Barred

A description of the meeting sent to US intelligence officers portrayed Russian Federation as a partner willing to work with the United States, and said the countries should look for ways to cooperate on counterterrorism issues. Did any White House or National Security Council official meet with Naryshkin?

A January 2017 US intelligence report concluded that Russian Federation conducted an influence campaign of hacking and other measures aimed at swinging the 2016 presidential vote to Trump over his Democratic challenger, Hillary Clinton. "Director Pompeo's refusal to answer that question is deeply troubling". Trump denies any campaign collusion with Russian officials.

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".

Pompeo told Schumer that US intelligence officials meet periodically with their Russian counterparts to discuss various topics, including counterterrorism, aviation security and preventing foreign fighters from returning to both nations.

On Tuesday, Trump refused to impose new sanctions against Russian Federation, passed unanimously by Congress in response to Russia's campaign to tip the 2016 election in Trump's favor.

On Tuesday, the Russian embassy issued tweets dismissing Pompeo's remarks and reiterating Moscow's disavowal of the hacking campaign.

Former U.S. intelligence officials and other experts noted CIA directors routinely communicate with their Russian counterparts. He has been on a U.S. Treasury Department list of sanctioned individuals "for involvement in the situation in Ukraine" since 2014, when he was chairman of the Duma.




It is Russian Ambassador to Washington Anatoly Antonov told about Naryshkin's visit to the United States on January, 30.

"We don't see this sort of thing being reported very often", he said.

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 if intelligence officials do see a benefit in conferring with Russians, "it's really hard for people outside the intelligence community to know what stands behind those kind of decisions".

The CIA has acknowledged that the meeting with Russian officials took place, but did not reveal which Russian officials attended the meeting. "Let me assure you there is not", he said. "We vigorously defend America in these encounters and pull no punches - we never will".

"While Russia remains an adversary, we would put American lives at greater risk if we ignored opportunities to work with the Russian services in the fight against terrorism", Pompeo said in the letter to Schumer.

Nauert added that, "it is no secret that despite our many, many differences - and we just talked about them - with the Russian government, we also have areas where we have to work together, and one of those is combating terrorism and ISIS, and so I will leave it at that".

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