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Report: Trump Set To Overhaul ‘Politicized’ Intelligence Agencies

Thursday, January 5, 2017 19:31
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by Steve Watson, Infowars:

As the issue of the hacking of DNC emails rumbles on, following the CIA’s assertion that Russia attempted to affect the US election outcome, President-elect Donald Trump plans to ‘slim down’ US intelligence agencies in a restructuring effort, according to a report.

The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that Trump is seeking to overhaul at least two major intelligence agencies, one being the CIA, and the other being the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI).

“The view from the Trump team is the intelligence world [is] becoming completely politicized,” an inside source commented. “They all need to be slimmed down. The focus will be on restructuring agencies and how they interact.”

Sources close to Trump say that the new president believes that the ODNI, which was another fallout of the 9/11 attacks, has become overtly politicized, and needs to be restructured.

The agency was established to build better communication between the different intelligence agencies and encourage more information sharing. However, Trump and his advisors believe it has become too ‘bloated’ and wieldy, according to the report.

The report indicates that retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, Trump’s nominee for security adviser, as well as Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Ky.), Trump’s pick for CIA director, are heading up the intelligence re-vamp.

Democratic opponents have already criticized the proposal, saying that it will negatively impact improvements made within the intelligence agencies since 9/11.

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, said the ODNI “has played a crucial role in coordinating and integrating intelligence and breaking down stove-pipes.”

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