Saturday, March 25, 2017

Trump could order spy agencies to hand over intelligence intercepts that name him — but he hasn’t

Via Billy

President Donald Trump pauses in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington Friday, March 24, 2017, during an announcement on the approval of a permit to build the Keystone XL pipeline, clearing the way for the $8 billion project. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Trump has not used his authority to compel U.S. spy agencies to turn over transcripts of all intercepted communication that mention him or his associates in dealings with Russia, the White House confirmed Friday.

The information could answer questions about alleged collusion with Russia or whether the Obama administration spied on Mr. Trump and his team, as Mr. Trump has charged.

The president’s handling of the vast resources of the U.S. intelligence agencies have been questioned as his administration struggles to overcome allegations of Mr. Trump’s ties to Russian meddling in the election.

When asked by a reporter about the president’s ability to request the transcripts, White House press secretary Sean Spicer flatly said, “No.”

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